Hello all. Just looking for some input. I have an 11 y.o. QH mare due end of March / early April. She came to me 2 years ago in atrocious shape. They said her foster family had definitely seen her in heat. Well? I guess not, since she aborted twins for me just a few months later. Had her vet checked and got the green light to try breeding the following season. She took the first time, vet checked safely in foal with a singleton @ 36 days. She is huge in foal. The mare is truly a "range mare" and didn't know what a barn was until she came to me. My question is: Do you think I'll have a problem getting her to foal inside? I'm in Ohio so late March / early April is usually mud city outside. She is used to being in at night and out during the day at this point. However, if you try to leave her in any longer, she lets you know that she is NOT happy at all. Any thoughts?
There is little doubt that she will ultimately foal inside if she is kept in all the time, but if she is being turned out in the days, there is probably a pretty fair chance that she will foal outside. Having said that, if she has become comfortable being kept in, it will probably not be a problem.
In other words, there is no easy answer to your question unless you mare tells you if you ask her!
One possible solution might be that if you have access to a larger barn area or an indoor arena, you could keep her in there all the time so she gets exercise and is not "shut in", but also is in an enclosed and covered area.
BTW, in fairness to the previous owners, around 10% of pregnant mares show estrus ("heat") so they may well have see her display even though she was pregnant.
Thanks, Jos. As long as the weather holds out (it's been warm and actually kinda nice in Ohio so far this week) I can put her in the round pen. I've foaled mares there before. I'm just worried about all the mud in the "regular" fields. I keep asking her and asking her to let me know her plans, but so far nothing! LOL She does fuss about being alone, but if the other mares are in the field, she can see them. I'm just a fussbug. I can't help it. Thanks for your post!
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