Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

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Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby silk » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:01 am

How long is a piece of string??

She is a maiden. Inseminated (AI) on 5th Jan, so due approx 15 Dec or thereabouts if I use 342 days.
She was a big mare to begin (she is only juuuust 16.1hh). Stallion also 16.1hh.
Her bag has been developing over the past two weeks. Today was the first day her hindquarter has started to look slightly "slack", and her udder is tight.
No wax (which I realise may or may not develop), no milk. Tonight she told me off for touching her belly on her itchy spot that she normally loves to have scratched.


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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:02 am

330 days (today)

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby Chisamba » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:12 am

A week

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby Tuddy » Tue Dec 01, 2015 5:04 pm

5-8 days. Her back end has dropped (her pelvis has opened), and her veins are full. She is ready to go! How exciting!!!!

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby angela9823 » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:05 pm

I think we should guess the date! December 11th. :-)

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:33 pm

The person who is supposed to be foaling her is calling past this morning to have a look. We've been in regular contact (with photo updates) for the past few weeks, as I don't want to send the mare away too far before foaling... but you don't know it's time until it's TIME! Unfortunately she is supposed to be away this weekend as we thought the mare was going to hang on until past 'due'. But we'll discuss strategy today... I may just borrow foaling alarm or something like that.

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:07 pm

Chances are foaling alarm won't work as paddocks are too far from house (even though I can hear the horses snort from my room). She thinks more likely this weekend than tonight/tomorrow, and that, though mare is maiden, because she's well bagged up, she will probably wax up and might start dripping milk (also noted that could happen within hours of birth, as opposed to days). So I'll continue my checks, I'll start taking photos every day to track the changes/developments, over the weekend I might sleep in the paddock (!!!) or something... Wish we had a tent!!
I will probably separate my grazer from my horses, as I don't trust it (I trust my other mare).

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby Hoof'n it » Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:26 am

I would have put her due date at 12th Dec ;)

Her teats haven't fully developed yet, so she will probably be another few days off at least. They will get a definite shape to them and probably start to look forward more.

Its a very random season at the moment. A lot of studs have been saying the mares have been running mainly 2 weeks 'late' and now this weather is sunny/wet/hot/cold some mares are just shutting up shop and not doing anything!

We are trying to serve a mare at the moment. She is not playing ball at all. She's been sitting on a massive follicle (4.5 at last scan) for the last 9 days - have served her 3 times along with giving her plenty of drugs to get her to ovulate... It's just not happening...

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:43 am

Hoof'n it wrote:I would have put her due date at 12th Dec ;)

Her teats haven't fully developed yet, so she will probably be another few days off at least. They will get a definite shape to them and probably start to look forward more.

Its a very random season at the moment. A lot of studs have been saying the mares have been running mainly 2 weeks 'late' and now this weather is sunny/wet/hot/cold some mares are just shutting up shop and not doing anything!

We are trying to serve a mare at the moment. She is not playing ball at all. She's been sitting on a massive follicle (4.5 at last scan) for the last 9 days - have served her 3 times along with giving her plenty of drugs to get her to ovulate... It's just not happening...


Do you remember the first drought year? 2008. It was the year Scarlett was up in Auckland on that terrible lease. She wouldn't play ball either, and then we had that huge drought, major feed shortage, etc. I wonder how much they "know" that we don't.

Looking last night and today, Indy doesn't look as ready as I thought. But she's definitely changing!
I too have heard of a lot of mares going over this year. One as long as 373 days :shock:

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby galopp » Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:58 pm

Had an older maiden mare go much longer than that, and she had a small foal. It simply took longer to 'cook' a very cute filly. When the inside of the vulva is bright red, usually foals within 12 hours.

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:01 pm

Still no foal, and she doesn't look more ready than the other day, which to me was "not tonight" or maybe even "in a few days".

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:55 pm

She still looks close, but has that "not today" appearance.

333 days

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby Hoof'n it » Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:02 am

Still has a few more days to go!
But the countdown is definitely on!

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:12 am

The hilarious thing is that her udder looked totally shrunken after I dragged her around on an hour-long ride. Mostly walking, but it is the most enforced exercise she's had since before I got hurt (7+ weeks). Will do the same tomorrow (exercise is good for her).

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby Hoof'n it » Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:30 am

Yup, if it's still going up and down. That means she's probably a little more way off than I've been thinking. My bet is still on the 12th ;)
Generally the udder bags up in the night, when they do very little walking and down in the day with the exercise. Which is why it decreased after the walking today...

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Sun Dec 06, 2015 3:18 am

334 days...

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Sun Dec 06, 2015 3:19 am

334 days...

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:10 pm

First night of overnight checks, DONE. She is probably heading off to foaling quarters tonight or tomorrow night. I think she's only days away... This was my not-quite-2am surprise (no, not a foal). So now I have to figure out how to trap this stoat, before it gets to our chickens or something. It had a very baby rabbit which it dropped while I was trying to take a photo and it was trying to figure out why everyone was so interested in it, so I took that away.

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:40 am

Indy is delivered to her foaling digs.
She's ready.

And now... a little girl waits.

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby angela9823 » Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:24 pm

Here's to her waiting til the 11th so my date can be right. LOL!!! :-)

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:35 pm

this foal is by same sire, the mare was AId the day after my girl... born overnight.

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No word of Indy overnight which means she's hanging on...

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:22 pm

Filly born 1.30am this morning. Up and happy and drinking. No pics yet. Mare is extremely foal proud (which I half expected!).

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby Tuddy » Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:32 pm

YAY!!!! Congratulations!!

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby Tuddy » Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:33 pm

Tuddy wrote:5-8 days. Her back end has dropped (her pelvis has opened), and her veins are full. She is ready to go! How exciting!!!!



I was damn close!

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby Canyon » Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:16 pm

Congratulations! Eagerly awaiting pics...

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Re: Close, but how close?

Postby silk » Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:02 pm

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE


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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby Canyon » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:06 pm

Oh, very cute! Matching hind socks, too.

When do you get to see your mare and filly in person?

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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby silk » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:12 pm

later on today... surprised I haven't bolted from work yet :P

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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby Chisamba » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:34 pm

congratulations, i too was close :) what do i win , lol

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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby bailey » Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:59 am

Beautiful! Congrats on a pretty filly-love her star!

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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby silk » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:42 am

My god, she's bloody gorgeous. Supermodel legs (her bum is nearly waist high on me - I'm a smidge under 5'7") and a fabulous personality.
Bought the pair of them home. Loaded without a fuss (foal lifted in as I have a step-up), travelled well, unloaded nicely, now happy in a paddock of grass. *swoon*
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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby Chisamba » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:42 pm

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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby Imperini » Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:40 pm

Yay congrats she's super cute, looking forward to more pics as she grows

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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby Wicky » Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:24 pm

You are six feet seven inches????

Well, congrats!!!

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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby silk » Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:09 pm

Errr, 5'7", hahaha

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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby silk » Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:10 pm

Name game time!!

Dam is Stiletto (Ramazotti - technically Dutch WB, though his sire was Holsteiner) and sire is Campion (TB x Holsteiner). Ideally beginning with C but I am open to everything at the moment. I prefer paddock names to relate to the full name so something that can be shortened/adapted would be great.

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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby Canyon » Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:40 pm

OK, here's a killer of a name - Cloak and Dagger, shorten to Loki.

May be better suited to a colt.

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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby angela9823 » Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:35 am

Just revisiting to see if your foal was born yet and see that it was! Congrats but where are the new pictures?

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Re: Close, but how close? ETA - it's a filly

Postby silk » Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:00 pm

Erm, they're all on facebook, sorry! Daily photo and/or video updates. I haven't had a chance to sit down and figure out either saving them to my computer to load up here, or sharing them here directly from my phone. It may happen this weekend...
She's wonderful. I decided to call her Confetti (dam is Stiletto, sire is Campion). Still mulling over a paddock name... I like them to relate, but I named the mare (she arrived as Dancer, I changed that to Indy, and also picked her reg. name Stiletto) and I think I like Lucia for the foal (loo-see-a, not loo-sha).


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