My pregnant mare is driving me crazy and has decided the foal may likely stay in there for another year. I just noticed this afternoon that she's now got the little white crystals on the sides of her teats. Can't seem to find information anywhere on the internet on how long until she will foal once they start developing. This isn't wax, but those tiny white salt crystals that some mares develop on the sides of their teats.
Every mare I've ever foaled has always gottne those tiny white crustals on the sides of their teats. Went out to try and take a picture of them, and of course they have disappeared for this evening. I did manage to find one photo off the internet but it's not a great photo of what they look like. Basically looks like someone stuck tiny little crystals of salt all over the teats.
Dont you do the Chemetrics foal watch test? Thought you did. Any test this year or are you winging it? And BTW, don't know what you are meaning about white crystals
Nope, I've never done a chemetrics test with my mares. I've heard of false positives and false negatives and I guess the other reason is I don't want to be poking and prodding the poor mare any more than I absolutely have to.
We have been blessed with this mare foaling every year exactly ten days early. Problem is, last year we basically pasture bred her with Picasso so that we could try and get her caught on her foal heat as she ended up foaling so late last year (due to re-absorbing and then getting pregnant on the next cycle the previous year). I watched what they were doing closely, but still not 100% accurate on a final breeding date. I'm thinking we may end up having a foal this evening as she started doing the foal window thing last night and the foal went from a super weird position out from one side to settling back down in the middle
It says "the grainy deposits disappear usually the day the mare foals or begins to drip milk, however it is not a guarentee of impending labor. Sometimes the mare will foal with the deposits still present. Other times the deposits come and go with no corresponding change in the mare."
My mare had them last year until 2 or 3 days before foaling, when they went away her udder got bigger and her teats begin to fill. She had no milk until 4 hours before foaling, when she had wax and I was able to squeeze out a small drop.
Hmmmm......guess I am just this dumb blond that foals without seeing!! LOL. I have so many mares that never wax, drip, pace, or do any of the normal things. Thats why I do the Chemetrics. Saves me wondering for days on end what is going on. Over the many many years I have used it, I have never had a false test. My mares do not mind that little quick test at all. I like to sleep at night. Just my way. OH, and BTW, happy and safe foaling !! I will wait for an update.
Had one that developed the little crystals on 3/25 and foaled on 3/28. Hope she goes soon and be sure to post some pics of that baby Picasso. I bet it will be really nice. Good luck and I hope you can sleep soon.
Well, thankfully my mare must have read my thread on the COTH and decided I needed some well deserved sleep and foal at 1:15 am! A beautiful colt with four matching white socks, blaze and pink nose. I'm pretty sure he is a buckskin (what I've always wanted - buckskin sabino), but is a bit hard to tell in limited light. His name will be Daventry's Power Play (his siblings are Offside, Overtime, Breakaway and Center Ice) and his barn name will be Kody, after my Hanoverian gelding that we just put down a few days ago.
Here are photos of our little guy at 6 hours old. I'm not 100% sure on his color. I'm think it is buckskin, but will likely have to pull hairs for DNA I'm thinking. Sire is Alvesta Picasso and the dam is Pajon's Royal Flirt by *Rosedale Royal Flare.