Here is our filly running free in the Arena!
Our little girl is 4 days old here.
Mommy and Filly show off in the arena and even posing at the end.
Here is Haidas in the morning about 18 hours before she foaled. She was hungry. She ate everything that I gave her that morning and evening. (she was searching for some more 'Mare and foal' pellets we were feeding her. She goes crazy over them.)
My husband and I both saw a difference in her back end yesterday (where her vulva is). She looks more swollen and loose. She is also quite moody but who can blame her, I am quite moody and I still have 6 weeks till I have my baby :) So it is a waiting game now. If she doesn't go today (which I don't think she will) I hope she doesn't come till the first part of next week because it is supposed to be snow around these parts. We shall see. Sometimes animals have impeccable timing and choose to have a foal or a calf in the middle of the worst weather you've had in weeks.
When we were ranching it seemed like when we had cows, calving season was just too early in the spring for where we lived. We had to take turns through the night to see a calf drop and hurry and dry it off either by towel or bringing it in to the fireplace before it's ears would get frost bite and making sure you get the calf back out to it's mamma before she would reject it.
Send good vibes this way and hope for good weather when she foals.
Have a foaling kit ready
So patience is a virtue we need to learn when we have a mare who is about to foal. They will go when they are good and ready. So Saturday evening she was acting different. She was pacing. She was peeing like every 10 minutes. Then when she would hold still she would shift her weight from one leg to the other within 10 seconds and just keep doing that till she wanted to pace again. We really thought she was going to go that night because of these signs, but no. I even got up and went out and checked on her twice in the middle of the night just to make sure. Ever since the following morning, she has just been her regular old self and still pregnant so it still might be a while till she foals. Horses average between 320 and 345 days. So we are still looking at anytime between now and the 17th of April. They also claim that a high percentage of horses usually foal between the hours of 11pm and 2am....Go figure. :) It will be fun when the time actually comes. Hopefully we make it to actually see it happening. Wish I had one of those cool cams to see what is going on in her stall from home. Stay tuned for more!