Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Past Due

Today is my mare's due date. But do we have a foal on the ground.......nope, nada, not one. This mare is notorious for holding onto her babies for about two weeks after her due date. My father in law keeps joking with me about having an April Fool's day foal. The last foal we had born on April Fool's Day was crazy. So, I am hoping to avoid that date. Oh, Pearl, just have that foal already, you look so uncomfortable. The mares were getting so aggravated with the horse flies that were swarming them. With the warm weather we are getting, I guess it's bringing out some of the nasty bugs that we have down here. With today being Pearl's due date, you would think she would have a small bag of milk. But nothing. Not even a drop of milk in her non existent bag. With the last foal Pearl had, she bagged up 25 days before she had her foal. I am hoping this year that won't happen, because I do not want to wait one more month to see this foal. Just look at that foal, sitting a little to the right side. Her belly is super huge. Her last baby had been in her birth canal for too long and ended up with busted blood vessels in his eye. I hope that doesn't happen this time. Come on Pearl, let that baby go. Pearl is bred to Final Review, a cremello paint stallion. I have all my fingers and toes crossed for a buckskin paint foal. If she ever has the foal. I check on her every morning, just hoping that Pearl will surprise me this year. But there is never a foal on the ground. Sigh.......... But then there is this mare, Blaze. She is due March 25th. Blaze has been looking real uncomfortable for a week or so now. She holds her tail out like she is uncomfortable. Blaze is really aggravated with the horse flies too. But look at that huge dropped belly! That baby can come tomorrow, too, if it wants!! And you know what Blaze has? Milk! Yes, this mare is due after Pearl and she has a nice bag of milk. She isn't waxed over or anything, but I think by this time next week (which is her due date) we will have a little foal on the ground. I think Blaze will have a filly. Blaze has had two stud colts and three fillies. I am really excited to see her foal. Foals are so exciting. I just wish these two would get here already. I was really hoping that with this last cold front that we had come through here, I would have had at least one foal on the ground. We even went by a full moon with out having a foal born. Come on Mares!!! Show me the Babies!!! Both mares have huge bellies and look really uncomfortable. Another thing in common with these mares is that this will be the last time both mares are ever bred. I am not going to breed them any more. I want to ride them and enjoy them while they are both at the wonderful age of 15. So, ladies, we all want to see some babies!! Any one have any guesses on when these two might have their foals?

Check out the poll on the side bar to put in your votes for Pearl and Blazes foals!!! What do you think they will have, a colt or a filly?

16 comments:

Mrs Parks said...

I looked like Pearl right before I had Wyatt!

jans Place said...

I remember oh to well those days of waiting, and mares are so sneaky.. they just don't want us around! Did you do the Paint dance?? We Paint people in my area always did the paint dance!! Dance for color!!

The Wades said...

So fun! I'm jealous. What a great post two babies will make. Do your kids just love the foals? I wish we had better luck with mares at Galloping Grace. I would love to have a baby out there for all the kids to enjoy.

kdwhorses said...

Can't wait to see the babies!

Love the videos of big Cowpokee and peanut! Way to go guys!

Alex said...

i am green with envy. id love to have a foal. ill have to settle for watching via blogs! Get with it mares- im waiting too...!

Tiffany said...

Oooh I can't wait to see pics of the babies. Hurry up mommas!

ramblingwoods.com said...

Whoops..my comment didn't take.. I will be thinking 'foal' thoughts for you Andrea..those mares look very uncomfortable...

Stephanie said...

I am glad I got to experience all of that before I lost Gracie, there is so much of it that is wonderful - alot of work too, but yes it is so neat wondering about color, sex, size and all of that.

2 boys. Maybe. You should start a pool.

Melanie said...

Don't you just love spring???? Now if Pearl would just drop that baby, everything would fall right into place, right??? LOL!!!

St. Fairsted Farm said...

Andrea, Old timer's around here say a colt is a month later in gestation than filly's so I'm betting on colts.

Margaret Cloud said...

I can't wait to see photos of the little guy, the first picture with her tail straight looked like she was starting to birth. Hoping for the best girl, have a beautiful baby.

Karen said...

How exciting! I love watching foals frolic in the fields. I'm jealous. You'll have to post lots and lots of pictures.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Come on girls, let's just get it over with! You'll feel so much better, really.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Awww, they look so uncomfie. Poor mares...give 'em up already. ladies.

hehe
~Lisa

Broken Y said...

I have not had alot of exposure to foals & mares - Looking forward to more on this - hopefully, you can catch one of them in the process!

Love it!

Blessings~
P.

susandallphotography said...

I can't wait to see the babies. What a great Spring arrival.