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Can another horse tell if a prego mare is about to foal?

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Allison
Breeding Stock
Username: Jumbletwist

Post Number: 116
Registered: 02-2010
Posted on Friday, March 26, 2010 - 10:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok, kind of weird...but last year when my WB mare was foaling out (like literally in the middle of delivering), my other WB mare (which has never had a foal ever) started to go crazy pacing the fence, very vocal...acting like a nut basicly (our fences are cross fenced, so she is like not even a little in reach of another horse).

Okay, fast foward. I have the same mare next to my prego TB mare (literally the same exact situation as last year, same exact paddocks). I went out to look my mare over a little bit ago...she is just standing there. My other mare (who has not even given the time of day to this mare prior) decides tonight she is going to freak out over her. She is trying to follow her up and down the fence line if she even moves a few steps. Very vocal, like she is suddenly herd bound to her.

Anyone ever have another horse tell on their prego mare just prior to foaling out. I see no signs of labor, but my barren mare will not let my prego mare out of her sight for some reason.

It is just plain odd!

Opinions on this welcome...I'm up for awhile!
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3031
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Friday, March 26, 2010 - 11:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, i know my stallion knows when it's time!! Other mares? I don't see why not, but have never noticed it
 

Allison
Breeding Stock
Username: Jumbletwist

Post Number: 117
Registered: 02-2010
Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 12:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You know what is weird, we have used her to tease... because she paws and squeals (drama queen) when she touches another horse's nose. We didn't have the real deal around and she actually worked for the two mares I had that year (both got in foal first try). My husband has called her studlike. Probably coincidence, but still interesting!
 

Terry Waechter P.R.E. foals
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Watchman

Post Number: 1024
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 09:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just got an email from a fellow breeder...two of her mares were stalled next to each other...one foaled and the other really wanted the new foal....my friend moved her and she foaled within an hour....nature is amazing...
 

Cjskip
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1156
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 02:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, my mare was pretty laid back when the mare next to her foaled (she was 340 days that day-343 now).

But when the foal was born she wanted it. The two mares worked out their differences pretty quickly though.

We kept the baby in for three days and just let the two mares and baby out for a little exercise. Julie would have liked for the baby to follow her, but by now he knows who mama is and there was no problem.



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