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Question about "softness" of mares rump before foaling

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kimberly male
Neonate
Username: Pawprints

Post Number: 6
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 09:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Everyone here says that prior to foaling, the mares rump and tailhead will feel like jello. Would that pretty much be the same as feeling spongy?? My mare is slowly having a softening of her hips going up to the base of her tail but not exactly above her tail. It seems like each day or so, it gets more of spongy feel to it. This waiting stuff is for the birds isnt it???
 

Beth Valen
Weanling
Username: Divaranch

Post Number: 35
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 09:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It will get quite soft, more than spongy. I know that's subjective... but I do find that the tail looses all resistance. Normally, if you were to lift the mare's tail from the underside of the tail bone, there is some resistance. When it's more like a mop, no resistance, just flops? That's what you are waiting for.
 

Kay Baxter
Weanling
Username: Kaykay

Post Number: 50
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 07:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have very few mares that get so loose you can flip their tail up like you read about. Most of mine just get moderately soft until just a few minutes before foaling.

I have found the udder to be a much better indicator. A tight, hard, hot bag usually means the mare is going to foal within hours
 

kimberly male
Neonate
Username: Pawprints

Post Number: 7
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 08:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

She is still softening up, each day I notice a difference, hubby says her udder is quite warm but not real tight yet. She lets him check her udder but wont let me. Im so excited!



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