Two years ago Lotty foaled after 373 days and several hours of hugh drama, pacing and fretting until I kicked all the other mares our of the barn and shut all the doors and windows.
So yesterday at day 342 I wasn't concerned when I put her in her stall with two 2YO's across the aisle.
I checked her full udder, slightly cloudy,not stiky, no wax, certainly nothing that looked worth testing.
I went back in the house to fix dinner and went back out for a quick check about two hours later.
Imagine my surprise to find the other mares hanging around the barn, two with their heads over Lotty's dutch doors,and a dry coordinated bay filly up and nursing
It looks like Lotty delivered the foal just as soon as my back was turned!
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We had one of those this AM too! Maiden mare who didn't look anywhere near to foaling. We are irrigating so are up at different times during the night and all was quiet and peaceful. Then after catching a few hours of sleep, up at 5:30 to change water and "wow, there is a foal nursing on that mare". Mare was in the maternity ward as she was "due" so all was well, but I always feel guilty when one foals without one of us watching. Especially a maiden. Mom and filly are doing great, filly nursing well and Mom won't stop licking her!