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Barometric pressure?

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Emily S
Yearling
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 66
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 11:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So a guy I know that raises ponies says that a lot of times his mares give birth right after a change in barometric pressure, like when it drops after a thunderstorm. Does this happen for anyone else??
 

Beth Valen
Weanling
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 28
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 01:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Horses are very much affected by changes in barometric pressure-- more prone to colic or be "not quite right". I have not had enough instances of a big change right around foaling dates, to say for sure. But it "sounds right" to me.

Of course people also cite storms, full moon, new moon, etc etc. Bottom line, these mares are laughing at us as we fret over them. They have the babies when they are ready.
 

Paul Liberty
Yearling
Username: Sptxthrill

Post Number: 51
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 03:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Emily,
Yes, I've noticed it happens here.the mares always end up foaling after the barometric pressure drops.
 

Cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 552
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 07:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think there is a definate correlation between the two, whenever I see a front coming through and have a mare due, I assume I am up all night!
 

Emily S
Yearling
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 67
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 12:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Awesome, thanks!
 

sheila kelleher
Neonate
Username: Innishfael

Post Number: 4
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 12:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i am not sure if this is correct, but the way it was explained to me is that horses are prey animals and if they have their foals when it storms or rains, predators are much less likely to be out looking for food at that time. plus it washes the blood scent away. my mares have consistently foaled when the pressure was dropping or low, so i watch the barometer when i have a mare due.

again this may just be an interesting theory as to the reason. maybe just watching the barometer gives me something to do whilst waiting....
 

Emily S
Yearling
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 73
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 12:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is supposed to storm this wednesday and thursday, and my mare is due anywhere from between now and early April. Do you think I should start putting her in the foaling stall and staying out there at night?



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