When's she due? How big is her bag? Has the foal turned, is her back up? Milk can be in for some time. Look for waxy drips rather than actual milk, and don't fiddle too much, you might waste colostrum. [exciting isn't it!
We have the waxy beads on the ends now, bag is massive. Don't know if the foals turned but her bums been all saggy for a few weeks.
She had some kind of gunkey gewey stuffon her lady area tonight, very warm & not quite herself . This morning she was open iyswim (pink bits showing rather than black) but wasn't like that this evening just a bit of gew.
Haven't fiddled with her udders tonight as she was cranky and didn't want us to touch them. But definatly little drip bits on the end & some milk (not loads) has dripped onto her legs.
We don't know when she's due as she was bought from a dealer & didn't even know she was in foal till feb. Vet guessed at may time tho.
Sounds very promising. What you need to do now is leave her alone as much as you can. Hard I know, but they will actually postpone labour until they feel totally safe and secure. Have a quiet peek in at her now and again, but don't turn the lights on every time and go in and disturb her. Does she have a water bucket? And if so, can you suspend it from a ring or something so it's off the floor? It's not unheard of for a mare to drop a foal into a bucket!!
She's out saggy so leaving her to it. Much safer than in a stable, she's in a small paddock that she's been in for a few months, no bucket but self filling trough which is half under the fencing so unlikely to drop it in there as she prefers the other end of the paddock. No lights, there is a flood light on the house but dickhead farmer usually gets home from the pub about midnight & shouldn't go off other than when he pulls in.
One of the ladies comes up about 5am and will call us if its arrived then. Would like to watch her foal...(plan was to park up & watch from the car with lights off.) but none of us fancy staying up all night & then having to do a full days work next day if she hasn't dropped it hahaha.
That's all good. The bucket thing is only if they are in I think. Your plan sounds great. She is actually likely to be far happier out than in. Just keep a weather eye out for the next day or two, its meant to be quite cold and wet. It is really exciting! I've got 2 due any time from tomorrow, although the first mare I actually think will go longer, I don't think she took first time, so ill be waiting for the second mare, who is due around the 5th. There's not a lot you can do to help, unless you have them in with 24 hour CCTV or foaling alarms, so it's just let nature take its course and hope nothing goes wrong. I've not seen anything bad happen before, I've got everything crossed I don't now!
You never know! My last one turned up a month early!! Mare was in an unsuitable paddock with her companion! Id been at work all day, and drove over to check them. I had to drive past the paddock to park. When I saw this tiny foal in there, I screamed and nearly crashed the car! Cue a mad afterdark trailer dash, with me in the nose of the trailer holding the foal and mum trying her best to get over the breast bar to join us!! Flippin ponies!
Not here yet.... mare seems back to normal temprement wise... think foal might have turned tho... bellys very pointy & back & she's got hollow sides. Think she's going to keep us hanging on a bit longer. Numptys at the yard decided to go up at midnight & had their car lights on & called her over so suspect they put her off :-(
AStill no sign. How long would you leave them being waxed without calling a vet saggy? She had an injection Friday for feather mites & lice (you know that unlicenced one that contains the active stuff from wormers) getting concerned....
I think it can vary from mare to mare. My welsh didnt wax at all, a friends mare was dripping heavily for 3 weeks. I dont think there is anything much a vet could do, Ive not heard of horses being induced. The only issue that might arise is that if she runs with milk for several days, foal might need a dose of artificial colostrum. If its not here tomorrow, maybe ring the vet and ask for advice.
Each horse is different, they can be drippy below for anything from an hour or so, to a month, or not at all! you just need to sit tight! It's a right nightmare! one of ours a few years ago was checked by a highly professional horse breeder who reckoned she had weeks to go...she foaled that night!
Oh the frustration! My friends mare did this to us, got us all excited, then nothing for a while longer. She did end up having the baby, he was huge! and is still a lovely horse these 10 years later. It will happen!
I expect she's waiting to have a drama, either Saturday night or Sunday night when vet's call out fees are at their most expensive...... Most of our animals always seem to develop terrible illnesses at the weekend!