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What do you all think.I know she has a bit left to go but today was a significant change from yesterday.She is really filling up.No wax yet and she won't let me squeeze enough to ph test.Will try when hubby gets home.I know the line needs to dissappear and nipples point outward more.
Have her stalled and on camera 24/7 as of today and I will finish packing her foaling bag.However this is my first foaling.
Have more pics and heavily studied and been trying to compare pics from week before.I know all to look for.But am just excited as this is the first major change I've seen in her.
I tried to express milk last night as well to test and she wouldnt let me get enough without moving but what I got on my finger was real sticky. I ean real sticky.But had not bagged up like this picture yet.Think in less than a week I should have a baby?We went from this to this in the pics..
I'm thinking and hoping just a few days??
 

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Anymore pics that would help determine ?
Maybe. Or she could get fully bagged and then wait another 3 weeks. Or tonight. I try to look at the whole picture, not just the udder. But that's a pretty rapid change, I would definitely be keeping a close eye.
Anymore pics that would determine.Im going out in a bit
 

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Based solely off that bag I would expect more than a week left. But you never know for sure and they all build udders at different rates so it’s absolutely possible. Can you take pics of her profile from the side and from directly behind so we can see how the foal is sitting? Pictures of her lady parts would also be helpful. Also taking pictures in the morning and evening so we can compare?
 

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Based solely off that bag I would expect more than a week left. But you never know for sure and they all build udders at different rates so it’s absolutely possible. Can you take pics of her profile from the side and from directly behind so we can see how the foal is sitting? Pictures of her lady parts would also be helpful. Also taking pictures in the morning and evening so we can compare?
Here's a few pics from this morning.Udder is the same though as yesterday. No bigger,no smaller.
 

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Based solely off that bag I would expect more than a week left. But you never know for sure and they all build udders at different rates so it’s absolutely possible. Can you take pics of her profile from the side and from directly behind so we can see how the foal is sitting? Pictures of her lady parts would also be helpful. Also taking pictures in the morning and evening so we can compare?
Udder and profile pic today.Is she getting that " v " shape?
 

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So just something I’ve learned, when you test, try to get in a small cup. I use one the little medicine cups but I have friends who use basically shot glasses. That way you can evaluate color/thickness/consistency without touching. Then you can ph test so you don’t contaminate the sample. If it’s getting sticky, that’s a sign she’s getting closer. Udder is not quite to a typical foaling udder but we’ve all seen how mares can pull tricks and it’s improved since the other day. So ph testing will help a lot.
 

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So just something I’ve learned, when you test, try to get in a small cup. I use one the little medicine cups but I have friends who use basically shot glasses. That way you can evaluate color/thickness/consistency without touching. Then you can ph test so you don’t contaminate the sample. If it’s getting sticky, that’s a sign she’s getting closer. Udder is not quite to a typical foaling udder but we’ve all seen how mares can pull tricks and it’s improved since the other day. So ph testing will help a lot.
Yes I just went out again to try and all I got was sticky from both sides and thats all thr longer she'd let me get it.I was trying to put it in a small baggie.But what came out was just on my fingers.Sticky like honey or glue. I was under thr impression milk came first so I'm confused on wether it is colostrum.😩
 

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I like to call it premilk. Not true milk at this stage. Once it’s testing ready and white it’s technically colostrum. Regular milk comes after colostrum. Another thing you can try (as gross as it sounds) is tasting the milk. Remember that lots of people drink horse milk if that makes it better 🤣. But honestly…it’ll go from bland to salty to “sweet” like cow milk. So if you can’t ph test you can try licking your finger….if you want to lol. I’ve done it a couple of time effectively….just not the most appetizing idea 🤣.
 

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Today's mid day check.I was able to ph the last couple days.It is 6.2 or even lower because the color was lighter than the picture.
Got milk,white milk.Super lovey.Dark red vulva.Some elongation and her sides have definately seems to dissappear.I think thats everything along with these pics.
You were right milk went from bland to salty to sweet.Tonight or tommorow,fingers crossed! To.me the only thing she doesn't have yet is wax .On high alert and on camera.
 

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Looking pretty promising! Do you have pics of the sire? Remember minis don’t always wax, so being on high alert like you are is exactly where you should be! Bet you have a baby in the next 24-48 hrs!
 
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