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  • #41
    Hang in there clint

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      #42
      Day 337. Occasional dripping milk after 4pm today. Well, not quite "milk" yet. Starting to get a little whiter in color, but still not thick. Chemistry stats haven't changed...still reading 6.2 pH and 250ppm hardness. (And I'm diluting it correctly, 1:6 with distilled water. Strips read accurately with "control" distilled water test.)

      Belly is down, spine is up. All systems go.
      A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
      ? Albert Einstein

      ~AJ~

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      • #43
        Mine is 337 as well, looks like yours is winning the race thus far however.
        McDowell Racing Stables

        Home Away From Home

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          #44
          Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
          Mine is 337 as well, looks like yours is winning the race thus far however.
          Winning means you know where the finish line is! Still waiting. Didn't know a mare could sit this long with such low pH (6 days!). Her hind socks are covered in dirty sticky milk drips. I've been thinking "tonight's the night!" for so long that I'm questioning my sanity. The best thing I can say about her is that her nights are peaceful; no dramatic moaning, pawing, pacing, or belly nipping. She swishes her tail and stands quietly, so I'm able to cat-nap between half-hour or hourly camera checks.

          If she weren't a maiden with family history of BIG horses (dam 17.1, half bro 17.2, she's 16.1, and stallion's foals can be large) I wouldn't be so hyper-vigilant. It's been a healthy pregnancy so far, but I have a feeling she may need some help.
          A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
          ? Albert Einstein

          ~AJ~

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          • #45
            I was going to bet on it being tonight but I think she’ll make you wait one more!

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              #46
              Originally posted by weixiao View Post
              I was going to bet on it being tonight but I think she’ll make you wait one more!
              Gosh I hope not! Milk has turned a bit lighter today: think lemonade mixed with skim milk. Sticky but not creamy. Test strip results are the same, maybe just a *tiny* bit darker on the hardness, more than 250ppm but less than 450ppm. Same full udder, waxed with occasional drips.

              Added more science to the mix, and decided to test her milk with the colostrum refractometer. Surprisingly, the thin, pale yellow, runny milk registers a 25 ("very good") on the Brix scale. So looks like she has colostrum! She was already in her stall at 8pm tonight (attached paddock out back) which is a bit unusual. She was also yawning 4-5 times while I filled her water bucket. Maybe tonight looks promising??
              A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
              ? Albert Einstein

              ~AJ~

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              • #47
                Maiden mare at day 350. Has had clear, yellow "milk" for two weeks. I think she heard me saying all year I didn't want a March baby (I was worried about the weather and we have had a mostly mild March.) and has said, "Challenge accepted." Today was my birthday, so I was hoping for today. Her belly looks like it could explode.

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                  #48
                  Another night of Nope. She was peeing frequently, restless, kicking at her belly, and stretching for hours. Her milk is finally white and creamy this morning and dripping. Hardness has elevated to darker blue color. Probably shouldn't leave her unattended today. I need sleep!
                  A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
                  ? Albert Einstein

                  ~AJ~

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                  • #49
                    Originally posted by EventerAJ View Post
                    Another night of Nope. She was peeing frequently, restless, kicking at her belly, and stretching for hours. Her milk is finally white and creamy this morning and dripping. Hardness has elevated to darker blue color. Probably shouldn't leave her unattended today. I need sleep!
                    Darn! Soon, hopefully!

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                      #50
                      Day 340. Today is technically an average due date, but it feels like this is dragging on forever! Last night she was just uncomfortable enough to keep me glued to the screen, without anything actually happening. Milk has turned a little whiter, cream-colored. Icicle-wax drips, udder stays bursting full all day and drips down her pasterns. Still continues to test around 6.2pH and between 250-450ppm. Colostrum registers around 25. I have never had a mare be this ready for over 5 days! All signs are there, except baby feet sticking out.

                      Maidens suck. I can't bed her stall in straw until true Stage 1, as she eats ALL of it (instead of the alfalfa net). All the more reason to watch her very closely.
                      A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
                      ? Albert Einstein

                      ~AJ~

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                      • #51
                        I feel your pain! My mare is 341 but at the clinic so I can't even do anything but wait for news. I think I probably have 5 days or so to wait still but that is just a guess.
                        McDowell Racing Stables

                        Home Away From Home

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                        • #52
                          354 days and counting. Biting at her sides, down frequently at night, but pretty much remaining sternal. Frequent peeing. Maidens!!!
                          Mystic Owl Sporthorses
                          www.mysticowlsporthorses.com

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                            #53
                            Day 344, 3am still awake. The past 3 nights have been rough. From about 9pm until 2am, she spins circles, kicks her belly, urinates 4x an hour, stretches, and drips thick white milk like crazy. I swore last night was THE night. And it wasn't. I swear tonight is THE night; at 10pm I was just waiting for her to go down. She was pacing, biting her sides, chewing the wall, grinding teeth, stretching, peeing, pooping, tail up, very uncomfortable and crampy. Vulva is long, swollen, and dark pink. Milk veins are huge and spidery along her belly. The foal is flopping around inside, prompting more milk squirting.

                            And at 2:15am, she stood still. Tail down, quiet. Still swapping resting her hind feet, but she hasn't circled in over 45min. I watched her in the barn, still see the foal moving (even something poking up her croup occasionally...wtf...), but she looks tired. I know *I'm* tired, so I went back to the house to watch on camera. I still think there is a good chance she may go tonight, but this is the most drawn out stage 1 I've encountered, going along with 11 days of low pH, and 10 days of wax or dripping. I'm a pretty patient person, but lack of sleep and watching on edge is making me cranky.
                            A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
                            ? Albert Einstein

                            ~AJ~

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                              #54
                              FINALLY! It's a colt! Her water broke at 5am. Big colt was upside down, sideways, not completely turned. Took 30 minutes for the first foot to show. Lots of getting up/down, rolling trying to get in position and she needed a little help, feet were coming out dangerously close to rectum. She was a little shocked and dazed and not at all concerned about the foal at first. He nickered at her several times and she never answered. He was up and nursing in an hour, she stood well but minimal nuzzling; she was obviously sore and crampy until placenta passed at 2hrs. Not the most attentive mother, she almost stepped on him several times during placenta contractions. All the more reason to BE THERE, especially when maiden mares foal.

                              After nursing the 3rd time, she realized what was going on and is pretty well bonded with him. In the wild, he may have been eaten by wolves by then but thankfully all is well. My other mare (with 6 week old filly) is smitten and desperately wants to steal him through the stall. I had to move her to a distant paddock to give Barb some peace, and Sheza is pacing and calling for "her" colt. Some mares are definitely more maternal than others!

                              He is a bit contracted in front pasterns and left hind pastern. Knees are lax. He seems to get up and move alright, will confer with vet if oxytet is needed.

                              And now, time for sleep!
                              A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
                              ? Albert Einstein

                              ~AJ~

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                              • #55
                                Congratulations; he looks lovely. Our maiden foaled yesterday and although not as worrisome as yours, I swear I will never foal out another maiden.
                                Mystic Owl Sporthorses
                                www.mysticowlsporthorses.com

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                                • #56
                                  Yay, Barb! Congrats. Glad you can get some sleep now and there were no wolves involved!

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                                  • #57
                                    finally! congrat AJ and Clint

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                                    • #58
                                      Congratulations both of you! I am still waiting
                                      McDowell Racing Stables

                                      Home Away From Home

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                                      • #59
                                        EventerAJ, congrats on the new baby

                                        Sounds like foaling may have been a bit dicey but glad that mare and baby appear to be doing well!

                                        We will, of course, be expecting progress photos. I can only speak for me, but seeing all these baby pics brings a smile to my face that is much needed!
                                        When you start to observe, you become more effective... your movements soften, you see more, you are more available to becoming a team member. Be an Observer first, a Handler second.

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                                        • #60
                                          Originally posted by Where'sMyWhite View Post
                                          EventerAJ, congrats on the new baby

                                          Sounds like foaling may have been a bit dicey but glad that mare and baby appear to be doing well!

                                          We will, of course, be expecting progress photos. I can only speak for me, but seeing all these baby pics brings a smile to my face that is much needed!
                                          Me too! Please post photos after you catch up on your sleep! Congratulations to clint as well.

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