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  1. #1
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    Question Anyone Else On Foal Watch

    I'm tired, grouchy, and would like to get some sleep. Mare is due in the next week, but is not waxed up yet. It's nights like this that I envy my co-workers who get off work and get to sleep.
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    Arrow

    I am, watching the barn cam. Very tired and work in the AM, but mare is restless which is unusual for her at this time of night. She's been winking with "high angry tail" all day. I am right there with ya.



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    Ya wanna have a beer? It's about that time. Maybe a Fuzzy Navel or White Russian?
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    There are several of us I know that are on foal watch.
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    I started to watch two last night closely.
    Both are not due until the 20th and 22nd. But both have very loose tails, full udders, one with pre-milk, and both are pushing their butts up against anything they can.

    One is on closed circuit, the other outside in a paddock close to the house as she refuses to foal inside( loses her mind running in the stall). Between last week's three foalings, one being NQR and now in hospital, I am beat!

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    I have been keeping a close eye on mine. All her body signs say yes but the test strips are saying "Not quite yet" which really means No sleep for me!!
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    ***WAVES HAND MADLY IN THE AIR***

    Yup

    No wax here either. She is "officially" due tomorrow. Have alternated between sleeping in the spare bedroom where the monitor is and/or simply getting up every couple of hours to check on her and staying in my own bed. Sometimes she's agitated and pacing and the other times she just snoozes in the corner of her stall

    She's had several foals before but not with me and I have no idea what her pattern is like

    Then I have a maiden mare right after her in a few weeks and then one more due the beginning of June, so I think as soon as one ends the next one will begin

    Happy and healthy foals to all!



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    Talking

    One fine strapping Big Baby Boy already arrived a couple weeks back. Now preparing for another Lady to foal in "hopefully" 2 weeks. This Lady is very large indeed this time, and better get with foaling ASAP, as she almost needs to be greased to get through the door now!
    Fortunately sold the 3rd Mama in foal, and her new owners, have also had the pleasure of delivering another Bouncing Baby Boy. Black with 4 tall white sox and blaze, to match her previous baby from this Mare, for our farm! ( Maybe should talk to them about getting together for a Matched Team for Combined Driving!!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Starz View Post
    One fine strapping Big Baby Boy already arrived a couple weeks back. Now preparing for another Lady to foal in "hopefully" 2 weeks. This Lady is very large indeed this time, and better get with foaling ASAP, as she almost needs to be greased to get through the door now!
    Fortunately sold the 3rd Mama in foal, and her new owners, have also had the pleasure of delivering another Bouncing Baby Boy. Black with 4 tall white sox and blaze, to match her previous baby from this Mare, for our farm! ( Maybe should talk to them about getting together for a Matched Team for Combined Driving!!)

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I was supposed to be, but I have pneumonia, so have not even made it to the farm I am supposed to be helping. They've had 2 so far (I hate that I missed them!) - one of which was at 7 this morning. Let me tell you, I'd rather be exhausted from foal watch than pneumonia!!
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    Well now I see how to flush CDE out of hiding!!! Just mention the word"Driving" and POOF! She appears!!

    Good luck to all your expectant aunties!! Can't wait for the piccies.

    We have a "surprise" pregnant mare at the redneck barn. Owner asked me to help with foal watch. I had to inform her that I've only attended "simulated" foalings, but will be happy to assist her in any way that I can. mare is the cutest little silver buckskin and sire is supposedly a friesian cross. She is as big as a house, but udder is not really that developed. Vet says May.
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    Sort of...mare is at foaling facility, so technically THEY are on foal watch, lol. I do try to be there if I can, but I don't spend a week there or anything.

    My mare is close, she foaled last year at 341 but seems to be ready to go sooner this year, foal is much larger as well. She also foaled with no bag last year and already has a decent one. I'm saying no more than 2 weeks...but you know these mares. This weekend would be nice



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    I think that technically I'm on foal watch from Feb. to June this year! Right now I'm watching one of my own, been waxing with the yellow amber colored "wax" for 10 or so days now, but is really in a holding pattern. She is about 334 days and I think we have a ways to go. The one that is really stressing me is the client owned miniature horse mare. She is teeny tiny and looks like she is having a litter. Plus, she is a maiden and minis have a high rate of dystocia so I am watching her like a hawk!
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    I'm on foal watch. And I'm tired of it, to be quite honest.

    This mare has looked really ready for about 10 days. Yesterday was her due date. I've only had one mare since 2004 make it to her due date -- and she foaled ON it. This foal, however, is not by Mardi Gras (every one of his babies have come early for me, except for the one ON the due date), so I'm really unaccustomed to having to wait this long.

    The mare is HUGE. I mean really, really HUGE. She was ultrasounded to check her in foal, so I'm assuming it isn't twins, but for how big she is, I'm a little concerned that she's still taking her time. Also seems like every "twin story" I've heard, they came early, so another good sign that she still hasn't foaled.

    My Chemetrics test kit is garbage this year, but the pool strips told me last night that her pH has finally dropped to around 7 (as of last night), so at least we are making some progress.

    And for how long she's carrying, I'm assuming it is a colt. I'm so OVER colts. I had a colt year last year, and I really want some fillies!!!!!!

    I'm not the happiest foal watcher right now.
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    Yup me too! My first one as well as the mare's. My vet has given me all the things to look for but as you all know mare's are all different.

    My pony mare is as big as a house and has bagged up but no wax yet. I'm watching on a video baby monitor and it works great! She sleeps on the ground pretty much all night only getting up to get drinks and change positions.

    I can watch from my bedroom but am still tired from keeping a 1/2 eye and ear on her.



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    my Londonderry mare is 340 today, and not showing signs of going anytime VERY soon......sigh.......

    I can't tell you how excited I am about this foal though!

    My other mare went 346 days, so perhaps this is just a lets make linda crazy year???
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    I'm on foal watch also! Kameliendame is at 336 today. She is foal to Apiro and showing little bag development. Baby has dropped and Kammy has become very grouchy! Hoping for a black filly!



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    Well, we've had two so far - one went early, one went late. 327 and 347 days. Now I have a little break before the next two. One of those "other two" mares waxed and dripped milk for TWO weeks last year. She's had wax beads for a few days now. The other one is my lovely mare who goes 339 days every time.

    The first two both foaled late morning on sunny days - gotta love them! Last year, I had one mare foal at 2 a.m. in a bitter storm while I had the flu. Of course, it was my red-headed hell-mare (she and I just have an odd love-hate relationship) who did that to me

    Sung to the tune of Matchmaker, Matchmaker:

    Foal watcher, foal watcher,
    make me a colt,
    make him so big, make him so bold,

    Foal watcher, foal watcher,
    make me a filly,
    make her so pretty, please not too silly,

    OK, that's it, my brain is done for the morning
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    Default Me too, in Oklahoma ...

    First for the mare, and first for me. She's at 326 days, have her separated overnight from the others, barn cam when she's in the stall but she prefers to be out in the pasture at this stage. She's HUGE.



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    Gotta love spring . . .we're all so ready to meet our babies!

    We're at 330 days. My mares body has changed, nice bag but no waxing, Spa strips say Ca over 200 and pH was 7.8 as of last night. We'll see what tonight says. This is my first foal with this mare so I'm keeping a close eye as baby looks like it's going to be big.
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