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Time of foaling

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Michele
Breeding Stock
Username: Mich

Post Number: 153
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 06:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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 --
Breeding Stock
Username: Llazyt

Post Number: 305
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 08:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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
 

Ann
Breeding Stock
Username: Northernperch

Post Number: 130
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 09:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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?
 

Michelle Z
Neonate
Username: Iberianmareinri

Post Number: 6
Registered: 10-2009
Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 05:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow Michele, I was wondering the same thing! Thanks for strating the thread...
 

Christi Christofferson
Breeding Stock
Username: Cchristofferson

Post Number: 112
Registered: 04-2009
Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 10:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.
 

Jos
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 2650
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2009 - 04:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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).
 

Samantha
Breeding Stock
Username: Dressage_diva333

Post Number: 877
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2009 - 02:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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
 

Ad TB
Breeding Stock
Username: Ajvtbs

Post Number: 916
Registered: 01-2009
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2009 - 04:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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
Weanling
Username: Callawayssuzy

Post Number: 38
Registered: 04-2008
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2009 - 05:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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!
 

Michele
Breeding Stock
Username: Mich

Post Number: 154
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 07, 2009 - 08:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 2684
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Monday, November 09, 2009 - 09:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

mine are usually b/w 11pm and 3 am, but i have had one born at 10am....that was unusual, but NICE!!



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