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I hate to tell you this, but you're going to have to watch and see. She's doing it like my mare and keeping it hidden well. Izzy is at day 349 and doesn't as of last night have any more udder and just a tiny bit of a belly, nothing like the other pregnant mares you'll see here. I would suggest you try the pool test strips and she might give you something. Keep watching her udder closely. She's started to get some fill, hopefully it will turn into a real udder and let you know or possibly she'll have a real baby belly closer to foaling. You might be in for a lot of long nights waiting trying to guess. Welcome to foal watch!! o_O
 
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How exciting lol! Her past foal, who is 1 rising 2 is a really nice black and white tobiano. She is spunky but has better confirmation than Faye.
 

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You could try asking the breeder if she had any tells last time. She might follow the same pattern this time.
 

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Her udder has continued to fill slightly and her belly is dropping more. Her attitude is changing and she is getting sour when I touch her belly. She has cow kicked me every time I try to touch it. She is also becoming less active and now likes to take naps instead of run which isn’t like her.
 

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If she's a hide it don't show it she could be close 🙂 . Are you watching closely at night? Do you know what dad looks like?
 

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If she's a hide it don't show it she could be close 🙂 . Are you watching closely at night?
I am watching her closely at night and am trying to get a camera to put in her stall. May I ask what kind of camera you use? Also I am not sure what the dad looks like and I have no contact with the original owner who had her while she had the foal because the girl I got her from got her about a week before she sold her to me. My only guess is a pinto possibly because her past foal was a pinto and the foal that the same stallion sired was also a paint and the mare was a grey.
 
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So it's like my first foal...pot luck. LOL. Doesn't matter, you will think the little one is perfect😍. Although with two pintos you have a good chance of getting a pinto.
Do you have wifi that reaches your barn? If you have it in your house but not your barn you can run a cat5 or 6 cable from your router to a wifi camera in her stall. That's the easiest, you can then have other people help you watch and watch on your phone or tablet so you aren't tied to a tv/monitor. If you don't have wifi you'll need one that uses either a coax cable or hdmi cable. Run that into your house and attach it to an hd tv. That's the way I had to go and it's a pain to find a camera that's 'plug and play' and doesn't need a pvr which makes it expensive. Wifi cameras are cheap. You could use a baby monitor if it has enough range to get the your house(and works through your barn wall) or you want to sleep in the barn. That's my short camera talk. Amazon has a great selection if you don't have anywhere close to you.
 

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So it's like my first foal...pot luck. LOL. Doesn't matter, you will think the little one is perfect😍. Although with two pintos you have a good chance of getting a pinto.
Do you have wifi that reaches your barn? If you have it in your house but not your barn you can run a cat5 or 6 cable from your router to a wifi camera in her stall. That's the easiest, you can then have other people help you watch and watch on your phone or tablet so you aren't tied to a tv/monitor. If you don't have wifi you'll need one that uses either a coax cable or hdmi cable. Run that into your house and attach it to an hd tv. That's the way I had to go and it's a pain to find a camera that's 'plug and play' and doesn't need a pvr which makes it expensive. Wifi cameras are cheap. You could use a baby monitor if it has enough range to get the your house(and works through your barn wall) or you want to sleep in the barn. That's my short camera talk. Amazon has a great selection if you don't have anywhere close to you.
Ok thank you! The barn is literally right out the back door and it actually has really good WiFi thankfully.A healthy foal is all that matters ❤.
 

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Here are her utters today. It is hard to get a picture from behind of her I don’t know why she hates people being behind her so much I hope someone hasn’t done something to her in her past to make her nervous of people being behind her.
 

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Oh I'm jealous, that's way more than my mare has.
Perfect! If you get a camera with a lower lens size( 2.4 or lower) it will cover more area. 180/350 degree or fisheye are the best for not having blind spots.
It looks like she might be carrying her tail up a bit in those pictures. That's a good sign of the foal being in position and putting pressure on her cervix.
 

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Oh I'm jealous, that's way more than my mare has.
Perfect! If you get a camera with a lower lens size( 2.4 or lower) it will cover more area. 180/350 degree or fisheye are the best for not having blind spots.
It looks like she might be carrying her tail up a bit in those pictures. That's a good sign of the foal being in position and putting pressure on her cervix.
Thank you for the info! I wish I knew what day she would be at so I would know when we would be in the safe zone.
 

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Here are her udders today. She overnight has gotten flinchy and nippy when I touch her belly. Also anytime the other horses get near her belly she tells them to go away when she usually don’t mind them. The other mares are also smelling her udders which is a bit strange.
 

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Smelling her udder's a new one to me 🤷‍♀️.Is her udder going down through the day? When it stops going down is when to watch her closely....normally. Not wanting you near her belly towards the end seems to be normal.
Of the morning when I let her out of her stall her udders are more full but as the day goes on and she is moving more it starts to go down.
 

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Animals tend to be more sensitive (especially with smell) when there's a change. So, that kind of makes sense (pardon the pun). Like Taz said, when the bag stops going up and down in fullness and just stays full, is one more sign for you to be on alert.
Thank you for the pun its been a rough day and that made me laugh.
 

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I'm new at this foaling thing. Avatar photo is my new little guy. So very little experience. Your girl looks a lot like his mother! She looks kind of close? I think? I used (and am still using) Defender Guard cameras and app. I can see it all on my phone. My babies are quite a distance from the house, unfortunately. My kiddo took me to Best Buy and we got a VERY long ethernet cable as well. He hooked it all up for me. We've got cords all over the back yard it seems. Extension cords for internet extender and cameras as well. But overall it is pretty good and has night vision, which is helpful considering like 80% usually give birth during night/very early morning. Glad you are close as that will be easier. Have your foaling kit nearby and be ready for anything. I am thrilled I spent so much money and stress on my foaling kit, only to have used a towel for me to sit on and foal blanket! But it was reassuring just the same. My mare wouldn't let anyone in the stall for quite some time but is better about it now. (Although she is a kicker so I try not to let my guard down!) The wait and watching is all worth it in the end!
 

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I'm new at this foaling thing. Avatar photo is my new little guy. So very little experience. Your girl looks a lot like his mother! She looks kind of close? I think? I used (and am still using) Defender Guard cameras and app. I can see it all on my phone. My babies are quite a distance from the house, unfortunately. My kiddo took me to Best Buy and we got a VERY long ethernet cable as well. He hooked it all up for me. We've got cords all over the back yard it seems. Extension cords for internet extender and cameras as well. But overall it is pretty good and has night vision, which is helpful considering like 80% usually give birth during night/very early morning. Glad you are close as that will be easier. Have your foaling kit nearby and be ready for anything. I am thrilled I spent so much money and stress on my foaling kit, only to have used a towel for me to sit on and foal blanket! But it was reassuring just the same. My mare wouldn't let anyone in the stall for quite some time but is better about it now. (Although she is a kicker so I try not to let my guard down!) The wait and watching is all worth it in the end!
What a cutie he is congratulations! Thank you for the camera advice!
 

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Here is her udders today she is starting to poke out a little. Her attitude has changed and now she cow kicks me when I touch her belly or get near her udders.
 

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