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Mare preparing to foal...

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Renee
Yearling
Username: Reneec

Post Number: 79
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 10:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a mini mare that is due late november. (This is the best indication i was given from the previous owners.)
She has had a half full udder for about 3 weeks, then on Wednesday it was rock hard all day. No fluxuating at all (although i couldnt express any milk from the teats). At about 3pm, she started with loose poo's, and began getting a bit cranky (not like this mare) so i decided to check on her through the night. She kept up with the loose poo's until about 2am, and she had real loud gut sounds, (i could hear them if i was just anywhere in the stable) and kept looking at her sides. When i went down to check on her at about midnight she was laying down sleeping, and she got up when i disturbed her. This was the first time I could express milk from her teats, but it was still clear/yellowish in colour. Her belly was noisy all night. By 8am in the morning, her udder was loose again, her poos completely normal, belly quiet and she is still a little cranky, and she is still like this today.
My question is... is this normal? For her to change so quickly, look like foaling, then go completely back to where she was the previous days??
Could it be that she just had a tummy ache? (She wasnt rolling or anything, and she didnt seem in pain)
I have heard that mares can hold off if the time doesnt suit... it began to rain that night (although she was in an open stable) could this be the case? If so, how long can she hold off for??
I called my vet and he suggested taking her temp each morning, and if there was about a 1degree drop from her 'normal' temp, then it was likely to be that night... is this method very realible??
Any input would be wonderful! Thanks
Renee
 

Emma
Weanling
Username: Emma

Post Number: 39
Registered: 09-2005
Posted on Friday, November 25, 2005 - 12:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Renee
I had a mare last year who did all the typical foaling things, she marched around she rubbed her bum, she bit her sides, stapped her feet, moaned and groaned had a full bag, saggy rump, due date was right, loose poo, off her tucker and then a few hours later eating like she has been starved she even seemed to be having contactions. We had a lovely healthy colt 1 week later!!!! Now my guess is the foal was starting to position itself and as a response to that the mare was feeling unconfortable and she behaved in that manner. When it actually came to her foaling down she was a lot calmer about the whole ordeal. I wouldn't be to concerned about your little girl, she was probably just preparing herself for her next big challenge ... good luck and i would say you won't have to much more of a wait on your hands!
 

Renee
Yearling
Username: Reneec

Post Number: 82
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 05:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Emma,
Thanks for the reply. Fingers crossed i wont have to wait too much longer. She is still all normal, and nothing has changed from when i posted.
I have been taking her temp every morning about the same time and she is always around 37degrees celcius. So i suppose im waiting for her to drop to around 36degrees before i panick. Have you ever used this method? Does anyone know how reliable it is?
I cant express milk from her, so i cant try to predict her that way.
 

Gynna Meiller
Nursing Foal
Username: Jw_kings_excalibur

Post Number: 11
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, November 28, 2005 - 07:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Her body temp will go down just before she goes start going into stage one. Do not express her milk very much though..remember that it is not milk but colestrum and and the most valueable thing for the foal!Her bag should look shiny like someone put oil on it andteh nipples will be pointed outward, but remember not all mares do the same things( makes it all so very interesting and fustrating for us!! Also, if you stand directly behind her( about two to three feet) you should see her sides sticking out. When you stand behind her and DO NOT see the sides then the foal has moved into birth possition. Keep us posted!
 

Jos
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Username: Jos

Post Number: 10370
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Monday, November 28, 2005 - 08:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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!).
 

Renee
Yearling
Username: Reneec

Post Number: 86
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Monday, November 28, 2005 - 06:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Gynna and Jos,
Thanks for the reply. My vet gave me the idea that her temp would drop 24hrs before she foaled, so evidently this is incorrect, and by the looks of it, this method is very unreliable according to the reading {thanks Jos}. I suppose ill just keep an eye on her and watch for any other changes.
Gynna, I am not trying to express much milk from her, i just wanted a drop per day to see what colour it is as this is how i predicted all my mares foalings last year, and i found it very reliable. As it turns out, her teats arent full and i cant get any milk from her anyway. This is why i was looking for another way of predicting impeding foaling- but i guess it all comes back to watching her like a hawk! :-) Which i cant help but do anyway! :-)
I will keep you posted... fingers crossed i dont have too much longer to wait!



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