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Well, no foal yet... 🤨 but pH was at 6.0 or lower (no more color boxes to compare) this morning. I don't think she can be lower than that !

In your experience, how long can a mare wait when she is at 6.0 ?
 

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Some can hold out a couple days. Very unusual though. I’d bet in the next 12-24 hrs. When mine tested that low I watched her all day hoping for a day foaling lol. Of course she didn’t foal. But I checked right after dinner then put her up and she foaled about 9:15. Right after it got dark.
 

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Just tested her again. It's definitely lower than 6.0 now, but I just can't put a value on it. For the strips I'm using (Aquachek), 6.2 is ocher yellow on the chart. When it tested 6.0, it was primary yellow. Now it's a paler yellow than that.

Also, when I took the milk for testing, I saw it was yellow-white ! It is not transparent anymore. Is that colostrum ?
 

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So exciting!! Thanks for putting what strips you're using, mine aren't as well defined, I'll have to try them.
I think that's colostrum but elizabeth.conder or maryann at miniv will be along to tell you I'm sure.
She can't hold on much longer, TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT!!!!!
 

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So exciting!! Thanks for putting what strips you're using, mine aren't as well defined, I'll have to try them.
I think that's colostrum but elizabeth.conder or maryann at miniv will be along to tell you I'm sure.
She can't hold on much longer, TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT!!!!!
Oh !!! I do hope TONIGHT ! I just hope she hasn't decided to write the foaling textbook all over again. But seeing the pH drop so fast and consistently, I think she'll go by the book. I pray she does !
 

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I think she's just waiting on the foal giving her the green light now. How are you holding up?
 

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Here is Flicka's belly tonight. That baby is ready to pop out !!!!!!!!!! It's dropped and ready to come ! I am officially extra excited and I really hope tonight is THE night !

I also included some pictures of daddy. I talked a lot about Flicka, but haven't posted a single picture of Jumper.

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Jumper's lovely.
Just a suggestion if you're leaving her tail braided for foaling. Take it out after she foals, if she swats the foal it will HURT, I'm also paranoid about a foal getting a foot in the braid and being dragged around. Looks READY to me 🤞 :D
 

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Jumper's lovely.
Just a suggestion if you're leaving her tail braided for foaling. Take it out after she foals, if she swats the foal it will HURT, I'm also paranoid about a foal getting a foot in the braid and being dragged around. Looks READY to me 🤞 :D
Very good advice, Taz, I will certainly do that! I did a braid, because somehow, I am paranoid about tying a bandage too tightly on her tailbone, because of poor blood circulation. But, yes, as soon as the foal is out, I'll make sure get that tail unbraided !
 
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