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I have a 10 yr old quarter horse that I rescued in August of last year. Her previous owner had passed on and his grown kids were not caring for the horses. They were just trying to get rid of all the horses so they didn't have to "deal" with them. They did have papers for the 50+ horses there but had no idea on what horse went with which papers. We were not worried about papers just giving a baby a good home. After paying for her and loading her in the trailer we find it that she has been exposed to a stud horse. Not that we would have changed our mind anyways but it would have been nice to know. Anyhow we think she is getting ready but I really don't know what I am looking for I have cows and I know everything about breeding with them but I am out of my element with horses breeding. She is developing a sack and milk I have pictures and her belly is HUGE. I just need to know what to look for and expect.
Thanks in Avance!!
She doesn't look to have to far to go, but mares will be mares! Do you know if she is maiden? Her bag is quite full and like you said, that belly is well, ummm HUGE!!!! Pretty girl!
Wow. Poor mom lol she doesn't look to have much longer either. Is she relaxed around her tail heard or have a loose volva?
Without more pictures it's difficult to say, but i'd be utterly shocked if she held out for longer than 2 weeks and could go as early as tonight. Her bag looks quite full. Next, you will likely experience "Wax", which is a dried honey-like substance that will stick to the tips of her teats. You may notice it a yellow colour at first, and will later change to white. When white, it is dried Colostrum - a necessity for the foal's first few months.
Since the beginning of time, Mares have been determined to prove the Foaling Text Book's wrong, signs are more of a "happy medium" in many mares world-wide, but that's not to say every mare is the same. Some mare's produce grow a "bag" (or sack as you called it) until they're on the ground pushing out their new born bundle of boy. Others will bag for 6 weeks prior. Some won't wax at all, some will and will usually foal within 12 - 36 hours.. some will wax for weeks - it's really a guessing game if the mare is Maiden (haven't produced a foal yet in their life) or if you aren't familiar with their normalities.
That being said, below are common signs of preparation to foal:
- Loosening of the tail head (the muscle on either side of this will appear to have disappeared. It will feel like Jello to the touch)
- Loosening and elongated vulva
- Bag / Wax / Streaming Milk
- "V" (their stomach will start to look like a "V" when looking from the side
I strongly suggest you start typing stuff into Google - and keep in mind not to believe everything you read ... rather, put it away into your little bag of tricks "just in case". Next, head over to Youtube and start watching foaling video's to prepare yourself. Note the length between events (IE: water breaking, birthing process, standing, drinking, etc). Also watch some video's on Red Bag's, and prepare a foaling kit to have on-hand. Personally, I would have the kit ready like .. last week, lol!
Congratulations and jingles for a healthy foaling
"Cherish the journey, allow yourself the option to make some mistakes and enjoy your horse"
Bah, I am jaded! I have a boarded maiden in the barn who has been waxing since March 22, dripping for 2 weeks, and has had the long candle wax for 3 days and STILL NO FOAL lol. Thank goodness for the barn cam.
I do recommend googling and checking these boards for pictures and info, but I will say - nothing is set in stone, especially with maidens!
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill
When I worked for a breeder before she said that the milk would go from tasting (not so sure I can do this one) salty to sweet, the inside of the vagina will turn from pink to crimson red and if you milk a little milk out onto something black (just a few drops) you won't be able to see through the milk to the black surface.
~If we teach our children the problems of today, in the future they might not be our problems.~
Nevaeh was welcomed to this world on 4-18-12 these are her week old pictures!!
Naww she is so cute!!! congrats!