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 04-04-2018, 00:15 Post: 119593
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 Signs to look for prior to labor and birth

My daughter and I are taking care of 6 horses for our neighbor, 3 of the horses are pregnant and are due to give birth VERY soon. In fact, one is due in a few days. My daughter has been reading up on signs and behavior to look for but I would be interested to hear from some horse owners who have "been there and done that" and "got the T-shirt". The mares have been very carefully fed and not allowed to have any fescue hay, so we are hoping there will be no issues with the placenta. The last colt from this particular mare about to give birth soon lost her colt due to thickening of the placenta and the colt could not get out and nobody was around to help. (this was when the mare was owned by a previous owner) Any advice, annecdotes, and sharing of experience would be a BIG help. The owners may have to be away during the time the mare gives birth and the "ole' Chief" may be on deck to be helping the mother out if there are any problems. Hopefully mother nature will do just fine.






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 04-05-2018, 05:42 Post: 119599
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 Signs to look for prior to labor and birth

Don't tell me you want picture!!!!
When the mare is near to foal the nipples will look waxy and the bag will fill out.






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 04-05-2018, 15:31 Post: 119601
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 Signs to look for prior to labor and birth

Several signs may be present, but on some mares, you may not have any at all. Look for elongation of the vulva, wax droplets on the teets and darkening of the vulva area. These are very accurate signs that birth is very soon. Good luck.






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 04-05-2018, 20:25 Post: 119602
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 Signs to look for prior to labor and birth

Thanks for the advice guys. Looks like we are getting close as the teats are filling out. It has been a week past 11 months since she has been bread so I expect something soon. I'll follow up when the "bun" is out of the oven. :O)






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 04-06-2018, 20:57 Post: 119607
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 Signs to look for prior to labor and birth

Randy, my money is on Friday, weather looks like you'll be cool & wet till then, maybe some bad storms Wednesday.

Friday is looking like low 70's and sunshine. I bet she'll have a little colt running at her side just in time for the weekend.

Best of luck.






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 04-10-2018, 18:12 Post: 119631
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 Signs to look for prior to labor and birth

Well my horse is about to have a baby, so I have been reading up on this. I heard that they will usually lie down and then get up, then lie down and get up, and so on. But, if u see them do this, you probably shouldn't bother them. I heard that if you do, they will get up, and wait another 12 to 24 hours. When my horse was pregnant in the winter last year, my mom was supposed 2 watch her. Misty(my horse) layed down. My mom ran out and she got up. Misty didn't have her baby until that night, and the baby froze to death. Well congrats on the foal. Bye






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 04-15-2018, 20:53 Post: 119657
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 Signs to look for prior to labor and birth

Ok, I have three mares that are pregnant, well one has already had a little stud about 3 weeks ago, anyway, I think that one of the other mares are going to have her colt soon. She is very swollen and antsy, she also has waxy teets, however it doesnít look like she has drop like the other mare did. I have a theory, but I wonít to know for shore. I think that itís because sheís a Tennessee walking horse and her frame around the hips are different. But I donít know.any answers, also i can't chang this post, but if you can, just post a messge on the with the answer. my email is down.






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