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temperature fluctuations

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temperature fluctuations

Postby sparkskaren » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:26 am

Last year i bought myself a all signing all dancing foaling alarm. have been watching her over the last few days and although her temperature is normal when she comes in from the field it then spends the next hour or so going up then it will start to go down again a few hours later it will shoot up again then go back down. this seems to continue through out the night from the graph print out the foaling alarm gives me. she is about 330 days but the udder is not quite ready so still a few days off. firstly is this normal and secondly do horses get the human exivalent of Braxton hicks and this is what is causng the increases? I love technology but this doesnt always help a worring mother. :~) the last few days she has also had very very lose droppings and you can hear her stomach gurgling from out side the stable. But this is normal for her just before foaling.
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Re: temperature fluctuations

Postby Jos » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:36 am

Be cautious relying on rectal temperature changes to predict parturition. The results are variable depending upon the time the mare is going to foal and you may even not see a change. There is a change in core temperature, but one cannot easily take the core temperature of a horse (big core!).

Another piece of research reports "A significant temperature drop, averaging 0.1 degrees C (0.2 degrees F) was observed during the day prior to parturition." The use of the term "significant" however is in a scientific manner - as in "it is statistically different from other readings" - as 0.2°F is not exactly a huge difference!

Personally, I would be skeptical at this point of a "foaling predictor" that relies on temperature changes unless they can show me some more recent peer-reviewed and published research that supports accuracy... :(
We're always happy to try and help, but don't forget to check the articles section
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Re: temperature fluctuations

Postby sparkskaren » Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:10 pm

the monitor works on skin temperature as well as moisture and also position of the horse ie standing or lying as well as heart rate. I have got it set to go off when the mare sweats and lies down at the same time
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