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    #41
    Originally posted by Ace View Post
    Since the OP drives and does skidding with her horses, and this stallion is not a sport horse, but more a driving horse, any chance that will work in OP’s favor? If not already evident, I am no breeder!
    LOL im a man. Its ok though.

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      #42

      Do a LOT of research into caring for a pregnant mare, including feeding to support the nutritional status of her and the fetus. Do a LOT of research into the care of a foal, including the nutrition aspect of his growth. Start planning now on how you will wean. Do you have other horses?
      I am not new to horses...wouldn't claim to be an expert but I know the draft breeds well. I have 5 other horses all drafts except for one TB mare (Desert Valley) that I rescued from the track. I also have a spotted miniature donkey. I have never bred before but was planning on getting 2-3 foals out of my stud colt I bought as a weanling. I have contacted an equine nutritionist from Penn State who said that im feeding a good ration and supplement and just to add a lb of whole roasted soybeans to boost the protein and fat. I keep my horses btw a 6-7 body condition which he agreed was appropriate for draft breeds. My only anxiety about foaling is getting the foal to nurse. Not too worried about the delivery. My vet lives close and as long as I see 2 hooves pointed down I know the foal is oriented correctly. I am an ER nurse which im not saying qualifies me to deliver a foal but I have delivered several human babies. It gives me the biologic knowledge to recognize a problem or to allow nature to do her thing. I have installed a cctv system in my barn so I can keep an eye on things. When it gets close I can monitor it from my phone. She was bred march 17 so I have quite a long time to prepare. Anyone have any other suggestions (other than the obvious routine vet checks)

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      • #43
        I think many were under the assumption you were new to horses because you did not know your plain bay mare was a plain bay mare.
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        • #44
          Originally posted by Draftrider View Post
          I keep my horses btw a 6-7 body condition which he agreed was appropriate for draft breeds.
          I disagree that a 7 is appropriate for any breed, any horse. It's too heavy. Just because drafts look fatter than TBs doesn't mean they don't still follow the Henneke scoring system. If you can't feel ribs, they are too fat, that doesn't matter if it's a Percheron or a TB. 6 is fine for most horses - not ideal, but fine, and more fine for a mare about to deliver, than one working hard. More ok for a horse who pulls, than for one who jumps

          My only anxiety about foaling is getting the foal to nurse.
          Cross that bridge if you need to. Don't be quick to intervene. Some foals have learned early on that if they wait long enough, The Human will come pick them up and take them to the milk bar.

          Not too worried about the delivery.
          That is the MOST worrisome part of all this. I'd start looking at videos of dystocias, and post-foaling complications. Start thinking about how you will keep the mare monitored more or less 24x7 once she hits about Day 330, or a bit sooner depending on her symptoms. If that's not something you will be able to do, then I would plan on boarding her where there is 24x7 experienced coverage.

          My vet lives close and as long as I see 2 hooves pointed down I know the foal is oriented correctly.
          You have to also see the nose. Those 2 legs can be oriented correctly, with the neck twisted back

          I have installed a cctv system in my barn so I can keep an eye on things. When it gets close I can monitor it from my phone. She was bred march 17 so I have quite a long time to prepare. Anyone have any other suggestions (other than the obvious routine vet checks)
          Ok, so you've got a camera, but you'll need help for the 24x7 monitoring, unless you plan on sleeping in the barn for a few weeks

          So it's far too late to terminate the pregnancy. Good luck on having a foal who isn't already behind the 8-ball in staying sound because of the wrong combination of breed genetics. I mean that, really.
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          • #45
            You can get a foaling alarm. This tells you when the mare is lying down so it helps a bit with the sleep deprivation.

            If she is too fat she will have trouble foaling as the it will cause the foal to be too big.

            Once the foaling starts the foal is unable to breathe, so they need help IMMEDIATELY if there is a problem. The foaling should be pretty quick. Most foals suckle instinctively so that bit I would not be worrying about. You will have time then, not if something goes wrong with the foaling.
            It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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            • #46
              Originally posted by Draftrider View Post

              LOL im a man. Its ok though.

              Sorry, dude! <slinks away>

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              • #47
                Originally posted by Draftrider View Post
                He is obviously not being driven by the owner as he is Amish and they believe if they are photographed it captures their soul.
                The horse is obviously being driven by an Amish guy. No one else dresses like that. Whether it's the Amish guy who owns him, I've got no idea.
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                • #48
                  Originally posted by Draftrider View Post
                  He is obviously not being driven by the owner as he is Amish and they believe if they are photographed it captures their soul.
                  The guys who builds my sheds is Amish and has a Facebook full of photos of him and his kids? I guess some people are more/less devout. None of my business.

                  They have a typo in that stallion video which seems a little unprofessional (your for you’re). My main thought on the video is...what has the stallion done other than being driven both ways in that ring by some dude? Anything?

                  I would be angry if my mare was bred under these circumstances but you seem happy about it now so good luck
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                  • #49
                    Originally posted by Draftrider View Post
                    I have never bred before but was planning on getting 2-3 foals out of my stud colt I bought as a weanling.
                    By a stallion. Out of a mare.

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                    • #50
                      Originally posted by red mares View Post

                      The horse is obviously being driven by an Amish guy. No one else dresses like that. Whether it's the Amish guy who owns him, I've got no idea.
                      Did the Amish fashion trend get by us?? At least we should sport the hat.

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                      • #51
                        My friend owns an Ardennes cross with a Friesian and it’s a strange combination. Her back end is Friesian and her front end Ardennes. She is a strange horse, she is the heavy horse for a riding school, she’s good for that and trail. Maybe to pull something. Here’s my 6 year old playing on her in the ring. https://instagram.com/p/Ba1ntRBhV4G/

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