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Horse Question, pregnant mare
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Michael M    Posted 04-10-2004 at 05:11:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good morning. I have been searching the web, and so far have had no luck finding a site that lists the definite signs of a mare going into labor. SO, can anyone here please tell me what soem of the defininte signs are? My wife and I thought that we were seeing some of them last night. The foal seems to have shifted to the rear, her nipples are waxing, off and on, and her udders are growing. She started laying down and panting and stuff yesterday evening, and continued to do this off and on through the night. If the breeder is right, she isn't really due for about another month. However, the vet that we had look her over, set her delivery date for pretty much any time now.
After a long night of taking turns checking on her, I am up as it is my turn, and my wife is snoozing on the couch. The mare is now acting very 'normal', and I haven't seen her repeat last nights performances yet this morning.
Any help here would be appreciated. I don't know nothing about birthing no horses, sorry Miss Scarlet

rodeogurl    Posted 08-23-2005 at 15:37:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My pregnant mare is bleeding out of were her baby would be coming out. I would just like to know if this is a prbolem. This is my first horse and I need to know wheather to call a vet or not?

dale anne    Posted 04-19-2004 at 11:09:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
look for signs including kicking at her belly rolling and just lagging around. most mares deliver at the wee hours of the mornings and can hold off delivering if theythink danger is around. this includes y'all checking on her..they tend to be sneaky lol and like to have a private you have a maiden with her? this is another mare that gets along with her it makes them feel more at ease a kinda look out if ya will. you can also check at the top of her yer fingers into the flesh of her rump where the tail starts and if it feels real mushy to the touch she is getting real close! you may also see discharge from her genitals at first it should be a little leaking. well good luck and i hope this is helpful
Sincerly dale anne

Oh ya....    Posted 04-10-2004 at 18:16:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I forgot to mention, the due is give or take a month usually. Some mares will carry a full 12 months like my mare did. Had my teeth set on edge for weeks, and then she pulled a 4: AM sneaky on me. I got there just after the baby hit the ground, (so to speak.)

cowgirlj    Posted 04-10-2004 at 17:39:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
All of the signs you have listed are signs of being close, especially the signs of waxing on her teats. A few other deffinate signs are, the muscle around the top of her tail will get really flabby. Her vulva will enlongate and become loose.
When the first true stages of labor are happening, the mare may start sweating, showing restlessness, frequent defecation, walking/digging. Her belly will suddenly get flat sided. The mares heart rate will increase to 20 - 30 beats per minute and body temperature will decrease 2 - 3 degrees. Also switching her tail, kicking at her belly are common signs of stage one labor. When the fetus starts to advance the mare's tail will elevate, a direct reaction to internal pressures.
The most important thing to remember is some mares will try to hold on to the baby as long as possible if she is stressed. Be sure she has a quiet setting to deliver where you can observe her without her knowing she is being watched. You probably already know that, but it surprises me how many people don't know to keep the mare in a calm environment. I saw one couple who's mare was expected to foal anytime and they had kids running around screaming and playing and dogs underfoot, people coming and going, and the poor mare was expected to deliver in the middle of all these goings on, in the pasture.
I wish you all the best of luck and hope everything goes smooth for you. Let us know when the happy moment has arrived!

SusieQ    Posted 04-10-2004 at 08:04:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would suggest you check this website out:

has symptoms numbered on horse in labor. Good luck for a healthy foal....

Justaplain    Posted 04-10-2004 at 07:16:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Google Serch "foaling mare" Plenty to read while your waiting

Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-10-2004 at 05:27:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Talked to F-SIL. Horse owner. Not to worry. Horses to become uncomfortable with pregnancy. Will be up and down. Lay this way and that. When oul's do anybodies guess. Dependent upon mare and stallion, gestation can run from ten and half mounths to twelve. Once breeding cycles have been established for mares and stallions terms may be a week short to two weeks over. That's what I was told. Mix of stallions and mares in same barn can produce six weeks difference in birthdates.

Keep walking up and down. May come out a pacer. lol

Michael M    Posted 04-10-2004 at 05:37:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Fern, thanks. Much of what you said is what I have found out, and she is definitely in the time frame of a safe delivery, within 5-6 weeks of 11 months, if the breeder is right. Her tail is closed down tight as a drum, one sign. No one knows for sure how long is normal for her and this stud. It is her first full term foal. She lost one at five months a couple of years ago due to fescue grazing.Ah well, I hadn't really planned on going anywhere this weekend anyways, got plenty to do here to keep me from just sitting around and being nervous.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-10-2004 at 05:41:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the ego booster. Just talked to F-SIL. passed on info. Makes me think I might be worth-while afertall. Thanks for return. Glad I helped. Gotta go check for more calves.

Michael M    Posted 04-10-2004 at 05:44:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOL! What I told a friend on the phone last night,"Got to go and see how many horses I have now..."
Gotta love them breeding critters doncha?

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