Iím waiting for my classic champagne MFT mare Callie to foal, the stress increases as time nears of course. All sorts of things worry me at this time. Callie had 1 other foal before I bought her. If she had any trouble I wasnít told but to me itís like having a maiden mare. I just donít know what to expect. I know, every foaling is different but I at least feel a little more informed after the first one born here. Anyway, as far as the foaling due date, I didnít witness the breeding but her ultrasound done 7/13/04 put her at 25 days in foal. I calculated her due date to be May 25th , this is a mule foal though so I could be off and I donít know how long she was in foal with her previous foal. My husband told me she was in her stall moaning, groaning, aggravated, picking at her sides and just looking miserable a few days ago. In my past experiences this was a transition period where the foal was turning and getting into position for delivery. Itís usually about 2 weeks before foaling then and I usually see some dramatic changes after that with the hips, belly and udder. Nothing yet and sheís still as broad as a barn, no softening hips or pointy belly yet. The only change Iíve seen the past few days is her vulva softening and relaxing and her udder has been rounding out very slowly over the past 2 weeks but the nipples are not dropped and loose. Should I be concerned? She has an extremely short body. I really didnít think she would go full term if the foal is big. Mule foals are typically not the most huge babies but I still worry that her lack of space in general will make it hard for the foal to position corectly for a normal birth.
Rooty (Unregistered Guest) Unregistered guest
Posted on Monday, May 09, 2005 - 01:37 pm:
There is a good article on this site about predicting foaling by the milk. I use FoalWatch which is a milk testing system, but have found that after doing that I can now pretty much predict foaling by looking at the milk, although I still test it. It's worked for me on a pasture bred donkey, between watching the visible signs and using the FoalWatch we've only missed 2 foals out of 10 with minimal sleep deprivation. What your husband saw may have just been the foal sitting in an uncomfortable spot. Our last mare that foaled did that and then foaled 72 hours later.
I have a big question and I cant find the answer to it anywere! Our two yr old maiden mares belly has changed shape as of today. She is no longer full in the flank area but has hollow spots now. I have been told its becuase the foal has dropped into position. How long from the foal dropping down to it being in the birth canal? She has a small bag and has loosed some in the back but nothing dramatic. She is so very different from our older broodmares. I have noticed that the foal is not moving as much or as hard.( I did not breed her folks she was given to us a few months ago in this condition)
Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 05:29 pm:
I always thought that the foal changed its positioning around 2 weeks before it is born. so the dams belly will start looking different about 2 weeks prior.
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