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Who all is on foal watch now?

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  • Who all is on foal watch now?

    Did anyone make a all night chat BB again. Ive been up for TWO nights now with a mare. *YAWN*
    Home of Puerto D'Azur - 1998 NA 100 Day Test Champion
    "Charcter is much easier kept than recovered"

  • #2
    i am
    first foal 2/22, 4 more to go...


    • #3
      First foal arrived 2/24. I missed it. She did it by herself, no problems. I am a failure at foal watch I guess. Another due end of March. Then last not due till July.


      • Original Poster

        I am a failure at foal watch I guess
        Home of Puerto D'Azur - 1998 NA 100 Day Test Champion
        "Charcter is much easier kept than recovered"


        • #5
          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!


          • #6
            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?

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            • #7
              First foal was born 2/03 - a colt. He was due 1/15 - next foal is due today another due 3/4 another due 3/16 and the last one due 3/28

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              • #8
                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.


                • #9
                  risingstar; that is great to hear. So since I have no blue yet then I can safely sleep tonight??? Still feel a little uncomfortable if I did not watch her. Just feels a little out of the norm to not watch the TV. Although if it works that well, this is something that I could certainly get use to Since I have 12 mares still to foal this year.

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                  • #10
                    Faith CremelloWB, if there is no blue, I'd probably sleep through the night.

                    I must qualify though - I've never used the test on a maiden so, I don't know how it works on those girls, but for any mare that had had at least one foal - the test was perfect.


                    • #11
                      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.
                      www.learntolikepink.com my journey with breast cancer


                      • #12
                        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 , 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


                        • #13
                          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.


                          • #14
                            I have used chemetrics on maidens and non-maidens...it worked every time so far and pinpointed it to the night!
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                            • #15
                              hluing, great to hear others who have had good results with it. Gaining more confidents to sleep through the night this evening.

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                              • Original Poster

                                Ronda, if needed, bring her to me and go on your trip without worry. I can handle it.
                                Home of Puerto D'Azur - 1998 NA 100 Day Test Champion
                                "Charcter is much easier kept than recovered"


                                • #17
                                  Aw LaNet - thanks. But, this is the first Ironman foal of the year and I need to be there for Nancy and Emily (the foal's owner). I'm excited to see the foal myself.

                                  Now that the weather is so beautiful here, I won't be too disappointed to stay home.


                                  • #18
                                    Day 342 here... mare is looking all ready to go, just not dripping milk yet and she normally foals anywhere from day 340 - 350. So night 3 of little sleep about to start...
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                                    • #19
                                      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 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.

                                      Good luck all....hope you can get some sleep and have healthy beautiful foals.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Well tonight is going to be another long night for me.....
                                        Home of Puerto D'Azur - 1998 NA 100 Day Test Champion
                                        "Charcter is much easier kept than recovered"