So our horse is now 321 days along and on day 319 her udder was apparently fuller and stayed that way all day and didn't go down from the morning to evening. On day 320 (Full Term) she was the same but on day 321 she is showing some more signs of maybe the beginnings of labor or just practicing....We shall see.
Here are pictures of her a month ago and today.
At about 300 days gestation
Who do you think will pop first, Haidas or Me?!
I better not! I still have 7 weeks left :)
Sorry the picture is fuzzy but this is our girl at about 308 days along. She is getting a little more of a barrel in her gut from the baby and more edgy and moody. Her appetite is increasing too because probably the baby is growing more rapidly and so is her milk supply. Her appetite should decrease right before she foals. She doesn't want me to touch her anymore on her flanks (sides of her tummy near her hips) or near her tail. She just keeps moving circles pretty much saying 'Back Off!' We are thinking she will probably foal within the next 2 weeks...... We will see! Like I said before, it's a guess with horses.
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I made this for my husband a couple Christmas' back and we plan to have this date someday in the near future. I hope we all have things we can look forward to. I love my cowboy and he makes my life the way it is and I love my Life.
So first off this is all new to me. I grew up with geldings (male horses that are not stallions anymore) so the prospect of having a mare that is about to foal is new and exciting to say the least.
I am starting this foaling log that will record our horses progress from now till after the foal is born.
Our horse is about 300 days along in her pregnancy. She is due anytime within 3 weeks to 2 months. That is how spread out due dates are with horses. On Average they come between 320 days to about 345 days. So 11 months gestation period. Our horse is starting to show signs of 'making up' that are exciting.
You can start to see more of the shape of her belly becoming more pronounced. From the ninth to tenth month she went from looking like she wasn't pregnant to filling out quite a bit. As you can tell she is shedding more now, so we help her out everyday by giving her a nice brush down and hopefully we will have a warm enough day here soon to bathe her really good as well.
Here is a picture of her udder that has been starting to swell in the last week. It fills out a little more each day. This will provide the foal with the food and nutrients it needs when born.
Her pelvic area is also starting to loosen up and she has a small amount of drainage from the Vulva that is cream colored.
Here is more information on the signs and symptoms to look for in your horse when they are about to foal.
We look forward to the journey with our horse and pray everything will go alright with her foaling and that the foal will be healthy and strong. Keep checking back for updates.
We love this video and it helps us stay motivated to the reality we would like to create with our horses. Natural Horsemanship is developing a rapport with the horses, working with them and communicating on a whole new level. That is what we are planning to do with our horses now and in the future. Follow us on our Journey Exploring Horses and enjoy this video.