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!
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.
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.