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chocolatecakeystuff Mon 20-May-13 19:16:38

Just squidged the mares boobies & out came milk...

Foal in the morning you think?

Eeeeeeek excited!!

chocolatecakeystuff Fri 24-May-13 18:55:52

Or bank holiday Monday when the fees are huuuuuge!

They're all in tonight so fairly confident she won't have it tonight.

Her bags gone right down, bums tightened up & wax has gone.... think she wanted to have it Tuesday but changed her mind for whatever reason

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Fri 24-May-13 20:53:18

She was confirmed PG by the vet wasnt she IIRC? Its a right pain when they do this! confused

chocolatecakeystuff Fri 24-May-13 21:11:19

IIRC? Yeah vet kind of 'guessed' by looking at her & had a feel inside and 'thought' she could feel foals head internally. But at the time said she couldn't be 100% then a visit a month or so later seeing the size of her said she's glad she was right.

Not had any bloods or scans tho.

So strange she was showing all the signs Tuesday & now isn't.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Fri 24-May-13 21:30:18

Different pasture? Lots of clover?
IIRC is if I remember correctly. smile

chocolatecakeystuff Fri 24-May-13 21:54:41

Nope, same pasture.... not much clover in there I don't think, she's been in a side paddock since she arrived in late november. Although she's been in for 24 hours because of the sodding weather so u guess that could have done it?

Judging by the pointy belly & everything else she can't really be anything but pregnant.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Fri 24-May-13 21:59:59

Maybe she was ready but the awful weather has put her off?
I know this might sound daft, but there is no chance that she might have foaled in the paddock and you missed it? No wee limp body hidden in the long grass? There is generally a decent amount of mess, but its possible...

chocolatecakeystuff Fri 24-May-13 22:12:03

Did have a look round this morning as was poo picking/ checking fencing & for ragwort. its a pretty exposed paddock - its along inbetween the barn, house & carpark with the other horses seperated by a hedge.

Personally I think she was distrubed Tuesday night (farmer came home around 11 from the pub & locked up, perfectly normal & she's used to that) then some numptys came & shone their car lights into thr paddock & called her over about midnight which I think put her off....

frostyfingers Sat 25-May-13 10:31:07

I follow Mark Tompkins' (racehorse trainer) blog and they also have a breeding operation. His have all foaled now but he was saying that the mares that were due when the weather was vv cold hung on for up to 14 days over their date, and he put that down to the weather. So it is entirely possible that she's keeping her legs crossed for some warmer weather. The Breeding board on Horse & Hound forum has lots of information/advice too.

chocolatecakeystuff Sat 25-May-13 17:39:46

You might well be right there... she's out today & the signs are all there again.

Only thing is foal has moved & is across the bottom of her belly again so she's no longer pointy but HUGE at the sides.

frostyfingers Sat 25-May-13 17:49:10

Well overnight Sunday into Bank Holiday Monday is likely to be vv expensive for a vet call so I'd fully expect a baby then!

chocolatecakeystuff Sun 26-May-13 15:27:48

Update - no foal yet

Pinkponiesrock Mon 27-May-13 20:30:59

Any baby action today? I think it must be like being an expectant dad, you are so involved but you don't know what is going on in the way you do when you are the mum!

chocolatecakeystuff Mon 27-May-13 20:46:11

Nada as yet. She's keeping us hanging on.

chocolatecakeystuff Tue 28-May-13 19:33:38

Quick update... still no foal

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Tue 28-May-13 19:39:46

She may well be hanging on for better weather. When I worked on a racing stud farm all the mares would go overdue in a cold spell but a few days of warm sunshine and bang!

Do you know exactly when she conceived (ie was she covered in hand or running with the stallion?)

chocolatecakeystuff Tue 28-May-13 19:50:41

We don't know her due date. She is fecking mahoosive though so she can't hang onto it much longer. She's been waxed for 9 days now, with a few sunny warm spells.

Just hope it doesn't get stuck being so huge & all that.

lurcherlover Tue 28-May-13 19:52:07

Have been lurking on this thread! Come on baby! Saggy, a question about colostrum. Is there only a limited amount in mares? When I'm pg I leak make colostrum from about 16 weeks, but the obstetrician told me there would be plenty for the baby as your body knows to keep making it until after you deliver. Does that not happen in horses?

chocolatecakeystuff Tue 28-May-13 20:06:45

That's a really good point, but seeing how the vets worry about it so much I'm guessing its not an unlimited amount they make.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 28-May-13 20:42:27

I'm not sure, but know of a couple of foals who needed supplementing.i suppose if the mare runs milk, her body thinks a foal is drinking it and eventually switches to proper milk.

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Tue 28-May-13 20:57:27

We used to "weigh" the colostrum from our mares. If we got a good result we would milk some colostrum off he mare and freeze it for use if we had an orphan foal or a mare that had a poor colostrum reading.

lurcherlover Tue 28-May-13 21:04:32

I think in humans it's delivery of the placenta that triggers milk production? Interesting that that's not the case in horses.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 29-May-13 21:15:12

Any news? One of mine looks like she will go in the next few days! <<scared now>>

mrslaughan Wed 29-May-13 21:25:55

Where is this foal?

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Wed 29-May-13 21:26:24

Did you all see the foaling on the programme about the Queen's horses on Sunday night? Bless the foal and his attempts to stand grin

I miss being with the little furry babies, that is until I remember they turn into bolshy little thugs at about 6 months old!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 29-May-13 21:41:03

I missed that! I've only seen one foal actually born! Natives are great at surprises! confused

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