Post Number: 153
|Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 06:57 am: ||
Are there any statistics on how many mares foal during daylight hours i.e. 6 am to 6pm? While it is not common, does anyone have any experience of this and if a mare does foal during daylight hours once, does / will she always?
Linda Bauer --
Post Number: 305
|Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 08:12 am: ||
My sister had a mare foal around 2pm, it is the only baby she has gotten out of this mare, but she will foal again next year so will see if she does it again
Post Number: 130
|Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 09:17 am: ||
Well, we had 4 foals last year....3 foaled in the middle of the night when all was quiet and nobody was around, despite being checked every 2 hours. One foaled at 5 pm with a barn full of people including some strangers. (She was the mare we thought would kill us to protect her foal but she was the best!) Did you know that up to a certain point, mares can stop their labor?
I am not aware of any studies but maybe Jos is?
Post Number: 6
|Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 05:29 pm: ||
Wow Michele, I was wondering the same thing! Thanks for strating the thread...
Post Number: 112
|Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 10:51 pm: ||
My mare foaled at 7:30 am shortly after being fed, it was her first foal born in captivity. It will interesting to see if she does again this year.
Post Number: 2650
|Posted on Friday, November 06, 2009 - 04:59 am: ||
A study of 239 mares looked at foaling time distribution throughout the day with the following results:
• 9 pm to 1 am: 35%
• 1 am to 5 am: 33%
• 5 am to 8 am: 25%
• 8 am to 9 pm: 7%
Another study in New Zealand of 500 Thoroughbred mares showed 86% foaled at night.
Unfortunately, I am in England at the moment, without access to my Journals, so I can't cite the research origins, merely the results (which I happened to have on my laptop).
Post Number: 877
|Posted on Friday, November 06, 2009 - 02:29 pm: ||
I've had a total of 7 foals personally... here are my results:
2 were born between 8am-4pm
2 were born between 4pm-12am
2 were born between 12am-5am
1 was born between 5am-8am
Post Number: 916
|Posted on Friday, November 06, 2009 - 04:49 pm: ||
Out of 6 mares this year
1 between 9pm and 1am
1 between 1am and 5am
4 between 8am and 9pm.
Strange mares, wanting to foal during middle of the day!!
Regena B-It's a BOY
Post Number: 38
|Posted on Friday, November 06, 2009 - 05:37 pm: ||
Only one broodmare here- her first foal was born ~4pm, the second one was at 10:30pm... the interesting thing is that she regularly got hay during her last few weeks of both pregnancies at 7:30am, at 4:30pm, and at 11pm. I find it interesting that she waits until right before someone is set to come to check on her to foal! She is due again in May so I can't wait to see if she does this again!
Post Number: 154
|Posted on Saturday, November 07, 2009 - 08:24 am: ||
Thanks so much for the replies. It's very interesting to see that daytime foaling isn't as rare as I thought it was.
Jos, as far as I'm concerned, when you state statistics I don't need references. I take your word for it
Regena, I thought you were going to write that your mare would wait until she had had her hay before she foaled. I was joking earlier that my mare would wait for breakfast / lunch / dinner first before foaling. I doubt anything would interfere with her mealtimes
Senior Stallion or Mare
Post Number: 2684
|Posted on Monday, November 09, 2009 - 09:25 am: ||
mine are usually b/w 11pm and 3 am, but i have had one born at 10am....that was unusual, but NICE!!