I'm on foal watch. Mare was due 2/19. I think someone told her that I've got a big trip planned to go to NYC with the hubby for my 40th Bday next week. Thursday is the drop dead date - no foal, no trip. Everyone PLEASE keep their fingers crossed for a safe delivery tonight or tomorrow!
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I am too. Mare is at about 333 days and I am using the chemtrics milk test this time. So far no blue. Although the orange mixture that is drawn up is now a rose pink. Getting somewhere, I guess. Not sure how much I can trust this test so I am up watching anyways. Any of you using it?
Faith CremelloWB, I have used the Chemetrics milk test and it has been completely reliable every single time. However, you must do it every night since the mare can be at 50 and then jump up VERY quickly.
I am on foal watch with my trainers mare. I use the test strips with 4 squares - they have always been reliable up until now that is. She was at 4 squares last week, regressed to two squares for a couple days and now is back to 4 again. They are not sure of her breeding dates as she was a 'rescue' so as long as she is showing 4 squares I will be up watching her. My first one is due in about 3-4 weeks. Then it seems like 2 months of sleepless nights while I watch the next 3.
Good luck to everyone on foal watch.
Not to steal the thread, but do you think drugs like Regumate can skew the chemetrics test? I used it for the first time last year w/ my mare that had colic surgery when she was 310 days in foal. She was on Regumate, Pentoxifyline and a few others. I did the test on her 3x a day, and on day 321 a.m. did the test, no sign she was going to foal, felt good about going to work. Came home for lunch and much to my surprise there was a foal http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...s/icon_eek.gif, everything was ok (Sort of), but I was curious if the meds she was on had anything to do w/ it. PM me if you have any thoughts, don't want to steal the thread.
Edited to add my answer to the OP's original question, our first foal is due on Easter (April 16th) and the next not till June
Chemetrics tests calcium and magnesium levels in the milk. It's based on a water hardness test. I don't think that there are cross-reactions between the steroid hormones in regumate with the test - which specifically looks at mineral levels.
I SHOULD be on foal watch but this year, for the first time, I sent my mare away. Shes at day 322 today and has been showing some changes over the last week. We're probably looking at the next week or so for her. So I just have to wait for the phone call to get my butt there http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif This really spoils me. Not only am I getting sleep, but the time is going by much faster since I'm not checking on her a bazillion times a day, micro-analyzing EVERYTHING.