Yeah, I touched base with vet on Sunday because she had waxed but had a LOT of swelling in her legs which concerned me. He said that was normal and that should have a foal in 48 hours. Today he said "you should have a foal on the ground in a day or two." She is at 348 days and previously foaled at 347 and 344. And this is NOT following the pattern of her previous foals. However, she is 15 and has not had a foal in 5 years. So, I guess all bets are off.
I have NO help with foal watch except non-horsey husband checking on her a couple times during the day while I nap (with instructions to wake me if she is doing more than grazing or napping in her stall.) I don't think he can handle more than that.
I'm jealous that Annisa's mare had a filly last night!
Thanks Sonesta but my barn is fairly far from my house - over 1,000 feet.
I just got done riding and the pregnant mare seems a tad agitated. Continually shifting from side to side and swishing her tail. So, I can only hope today (or tonight) is the day. And all of a sudden her legs are not nearly so stocked up today.
I could certainly go for a nice afternoon/early evening foaling!
Then I could enjoy my weekend and go back to work on Monday.
Inca, sounds like my mare this year....she won't let me milk test (talk about mortified w/her first baby, but I now know once baby gets here all is fine) anyway, she always waxes and then has it in 12 hrs or so and has never gone over 342 before....well judging from all my pics from previous years and how she was progressing this year I was sure she was going to have it 339 or 340.....well we made it to 345. I was struggling by the last night, DH stayed up till three and watched her, and she had it about 7AM!!
Good luck, and I'm totally sending evening foaling jingles to you!
A bay colt arrived at 8:25 this evening. The mare's water broke at 8:15 then she laid down and delivered in 10 minutes.
He was up and nursed in under an hour and passed meconium shortly thereafter. In less than 2 hours the placenta was out.
I am staying in the barn apt. one more night just so I can get up and check on them once. But, I will get 2 (!!!) 3-hour blocks of sleep and can nap at will tomorrow!
Will call vet as soon as they open tomorrow so they can come out, check the placenta and do the IGG test.
Oh yeah, the colt is by Rubignon out of Inca by Ideal.
And this is my first ever colt! I had 5 fillies prior to this. This will be a challenge come weaning time since every other horse I own is a mare.
Bay and a colt! You are definitely breaking new personal ground!
You know how I love Inca and I cannot wait to see this foal!
Inca had 2 chestnut fillies previously so this is entirely different for her!
My last foal (who is now 3 and out of a mare I leased) did break my personal chestnut trend. But, I'm not quite sure what to do about this colt thing - LOL! I already told hubby I may have to buy a colt to keep him company at weaning time. But, I suppose the ideal situation is to sell him pre-weaning.
I tried to get pics but my barn is difficult for the lighting - it is very open and airy with lots of Dutch windows. So, you are almost always shooting into light.
Vets should be out a bit later so not turning out until they check everyone out.
One of my other mares is OBSESSED with the colt.
I am SO looking forward to a full night's sleep tonight! Already feel better with 4 hours last night (with just one brief interruption to check on everyone) AND not stressing about when the foal will arrive.
I have been debating about breeding another mare this year but I may have waited too long to do that. So, probably won't have a pregnant mare on the property. But, may be able to take in a boarder gelding - either one the same age or maybe a retired babysitter type. Got 5 or 6 months to figure it out!
I am a HUGE Rubignon fan! What a pretty colt and now you can relax and rest. Maybe someone in your area will read the thread and will have a weanling colt to partner with yours! I can't wait to see pics as he develops.....