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What is average days to foaling ?

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Jo Angela Stirewalt
Nursing Foal
Username: Raknrydr

Post Number: 14
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 04:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think I read most people go with 340 days?
But every time I run across one of those foaling calculators I enter the date and they are always different.
So what is the most common ? I have a maiden mare that was bred last on April 30, 2007.
 

Tracy Smith, Tali due 6/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 721
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 04:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

340 days is average. Some breeds may vary, Arabians average is 336 but what it really boils down to is, there isn't a true due date for equines. I start really watching mares 2-3 weeks before their "due dates".
 

Jos
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 1709
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 07:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The average gestational duration for the equine is anywhere between 320 and 370 days.

So if you're looking for a "due date" you have 50 to choose from! :-)
 

Dianne Edwards
Breeding Stock
Username: Mamaedwards

Post Number: 376
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 08:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So do you start watching them 2-3 weeks before the 320 days? or 2-3 weeks before 340 which would be about 320 days? I actually start 3-4 months before LOL!
 

Terry Waechter 5 march foals
Breeding Stock
Username: Watchman

Post Number: 142
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 10:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think of 300 days as a hallmark....if nothing exciting is happening I just look at each mare at feeding time for changes. At 310 days I move the mare from the field to a paddock and at about 320 I put her in a stall at night. That is just a guideline I use but if I see more rapid development I step up the schedule.
My mares are outside as much as possible and I only confine them if something unusual is happening. To me normal foaling and healthy babies shouldn't dispute their routine too much.
 

Tracy Smith, Tali due 6/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 723
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Saturday, February 02, 2008 - 12:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Terry sounds like she's got the perfect way :-) That's pretty much how I do things to.
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1710
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Saturday, February 02, 2008 - 11:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The only proviso I would add is that it would be preferable to introduce the mare to the new (foaling) location 30+ days prior to the anticipated foaling date, so bringing her into the stall starting at about 310 days would be better. This allows development of antibodies against any pathogen presence in the new location to be raised, and then those antibodies will be present at suitable levels for successful transfer to the newborn in the colostrum. Bringing the mare in at 320 days may not allow for maximal antibody development.
 

Jo Angela Stirewalt
Nursing Foal
Username: Raknrydr

Post Number: 17
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, so 320-370 was the information I was looking for, I just needed some target range to be aware of.



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