Some of you may be following Feirouz's foal watch and if you have you know she is now 6 days over due.
Good news! She bagged up two days ago and has deffinently softened in the hind end.
I noticed today that she lost her mucus plug and has some bloody show about her vulva. Her appatite is good, moving around alot but she keeps lifting her tail every few moments and there is some fetal movement.
This is her 5th foal. I am just wondering with the bloody show, how long does that usually last before bub arrives?(I know babe will come when its ready, just looking for average estimate) She is deffinently in a calmer mood and even let me feel her udder which she is usually pretty particular about.
Very anxious for the foal to arrive as I have been waiting since 2007! (she slipped her foal last year and has a 2007 full sibling)
Tica: I'm not Jonathan but I'll just throw in my two cents anyway, lol. She looks darn close. You're not far off, she looks like she's getting loose in the backend and her udder looks prime. I'd say anytime now.
LOL thank you Bobbi, I unknowingly started an album on photobucket ages ago and was surprised to get on photobucket and not only had I already been registered, but found a photo already on there of Ruppie. Thank you Bobbi, I'm almost afraid to leave her side, but unfortunantly we are getting some weather coming in and its darned cold out there. LOL. I keep looking out the window though and there she is, just standing there. I saw a post that Jonathan had commented on about filling in on the flanks was it? Has she v'd yet? Her bag was warm and firm today. Ticked her off that I dared touch it. She had little amber colored beads on her udders but today they are gone. Her vulva has darkened a bit. My luck she'll foal tomorrow when I'm at work. There is no milk dripping, she won't let me touch her udders. I've been trying for a few months now to warm her up to the idea, but she really gets upset. Shes not spongy, but she's maiden so... LOL sorry I'm rambling but I'm soooo nervous and excited and anxious.
She has definately V'd. And yes, Jonathan, the master foaler (with sidekick Tim) has educated me well on the "filling in of the flanks". It is a definate appearance that you will notice in person. Maybe not your first go around but keep watching that flank area (where the hair grows up, the tickle zone I call it). It will start to slightly "barrel" out, that's when baby has moved into the presentation form. Its really, really hard to tell in photos, I can definately say that because you can't get that "in person three-dimensional effect" but you're getting close from what I can tell from the photos. When she finally foals, if you keep an eye on that daily, you will know what we are talking about. Doesn't do you much good though now, does it? LOL! But you'll definately have it figured out by the second time you have a foal.
If she has amber beads on her udders, that is perhaps a sign of waxing...could be 24-96 hours. That's not too long. I wouldn't be too surprised to find that she foals tomorrow while you're at work. You may not ever have milk dripping until baby hits the ground so don't rely on that. That is typically more of a sign for professional broodmares who churn babies out every year.
You're not rambling...this is how you get the education you'll need. You couldn't have a found a better place than all of us crazy horse people who do this every year and still stress and worry. LOL! Its a terrible, terrible sickness for which there is no cure.
Maidens have a hard time with the whole udder thing because they can't understand what in the world is going on with their bodies anyway, much less why their humans are now so interested in looking at their private parts and grabbing at their udder. LOL. You may find that even when she foals she resists that first nursing (my two did) because she hasn't figured out what this miniature thing is that just pooped out of them and why is it wanting my belly too...I had to hold me one of my maidens last year (who was a stressed mess and frantic that this little thing kept following her around) to make her let him nurse. I even had to handle her to prevent her from biting or kicking at him. Now, after we got him nursing and she realized that it relieved the pressure on her udder, she was more than happy to oblige him.
You are soooooo close. If you're getting bad weather in, I would watch her when the front passes. That's when she's liable to drop that wee one.
And, I think you may be incorrect...I can see the "spongy" already.
Jonathan: Hehehe...no, you've taught me well. You should be proud. I am so much more relaxed this year. (This same method works for cows too...lol). My hubby is a bit out of sorts lately, I've received 3, yes count them, THREE ice cream sundaes for my "when they're going to calf" bets within the last two weeks. I've nailed every baby we've had so far, so I'm up to five babies where I had them pegged within 24 hours since 2009 began. The latest (last Wed) my hubby had the GALL to argue with me that the silly cow wasn't even bred when I told him on Sunday night, "Mattie will calf within 48 hours"...he was like, she's open and not even carrying, she doesn't even have an udder on her, what makes you say that!"...well, the filled out flank area and the relaxed rear view is pretty darn obvious to me now. I got the phone call Wed morning..."What kind of sundae do you want this time?!" He's not amused. LOL!
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