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Title: Willow
Post by: Carly Rae on November 08, 2017, 05:35:18 AM
Hi!
A few days ago when grooming Willow I spotted that she had a large udder, and lately she has been very big in the belly.
I've been keeping an eye on her and her udder is getting bigger. However, we are thinking it could be a phantom pregnancy.

In April this year we thought she was ready to foal, then she got laminitis pretty bad and the vet said the foal would have died.
Its been 8 months since then, and she is showing signs of being pregnant.
I did have my stallion Toby and thinking back I had him tethered to a post a few times (on a long rope) and there was an electric fence that wasn't on, he would walk straight under it into the paddock to eat, and the other horses would hang around him, so he very well could have bred her then. But that would have been after she got laminitis. So she would only be 8 months pregnant. Which is why we are thinking it could be a phantom? But I am still treating her as though she's pregnant just incase, and I am being very cautious not to let her on green grass to trigger another bout of laminitis.

What do you all think?
The first 3 photos are from the 5th of this month.
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Carly Rae on November 08, 2017, 05:36:16 AM
These are from today.
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Holly on November 08, 2017, 06:42:45 AM
Well well!! She certainly has an udder going on. Her belly looks dropped to me. Its hard to say if its phantom or not without being able to touch her in person and without having a pregnancy test done. But being that you do have a stallion on the property anything is possible! I would be preparing for a wee one just in case!
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: dcwolcott on November 08, 2017, 07:31:28 AM
I'd have to agree, that udder is certainly there, and you know those boys! 

I think you're wise being prepared, and taking care of her as if she's pregnant.  Certainly could be!

Keep us posted, and we'll be praying she stays healthy, and that a new little one is on its way for you!   ;pray ;pray
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 08, 2017, 04:34:28 PM
I also agree and think your doing the right thing. I just bumped her old thread so we can compare Pics.

Like in the last thread, I dont think she is massive , but that is certainly a big udder she has going on there, so being prepared that she is pregnant is the best way to go.

I cant stress enough to limit her grass intake at this time. Pregnant mares can trigger laminitic episodes.

Fingers crossed theres a little one on the way :) ;pray
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Silver City Heritage Farm on November 09, 2017, 07:05:45 AM
Congratulations on how she looks, Carly!! I must say, you've done a fantastic job of getting her into a nice condition. 🙆🙆🙆🙆🙆🙆.

I figure that by the time you read this, you'll probably be updating with an announcement. Either the foal is here or you're dusting off the sleeping bag.

You've been with us for quite awhile, and aren't as green as you used to be. Trust your instincts, keep her in this great shape, gather up you foaling kit and get some sleep while you can.

Blessings from your friend in North Carolina.

Julie
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 12, 2017, 06:50:47 PM
Hows she travelling Carly ? :)
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Holly on November 12, 2017, 07:53:00 PM
Yes anxiously awaiting news!
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: dcwolcott on November 13, 2017, 06:36:10 AM
DITTO!
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 14, 2017, 08:32:43 PM
Just got a text from Carly to say that the other day she felt the foal kicking.

She took her mum out this morning and they could see the foal kicking without even trying to feel for it.
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 14, 2017, 08:42:31 PM
What does everyone think ?
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Silver City Heritage Farm on November 14, 2017, 10:48:53 PM
I say that belly looks pointy and at, or a bit in front of, center. Fairly slab sided, with a bit of indentation beside tail. Mostly full bag with a bit of wax and milk. Very inward looking eye.

I say, don't go anywhere. Pull up a cot and a thermos. Saying prayers here for an uneventful arrival!
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 14, 2017, 11:19:30 PM
I agree too Julie, Carly is keeping a very close eye on her. That belly is definitely dropping compared to the last Pic.

 ;pray ;pray ;pray ;pray ;pray
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Anna on November 15, 2017, 02:54:11 AM
Ooooo foal alert! I agree with everyone Carly - don't take your eyes off her for any reason. Good luck!  ;pray
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: dcwolcott on November 15, 2017, 07:10:41 AM
DITTO THAT!!!  Certainly praying for a safe delivery of a healthy little one!  Make the coffee, get out the toothpicks and keep us posted!!!   ;pray ;pray
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Holly on November 15, 2017, 09:50:31 AM
What no announcement yet?? She looks THAT close!!
Super excited for you! Safe foaling prayers sent!!
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 15, 2017, 04:10:35 PM
I just messaged Carly for an update :)

Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 15, 2017, 04:13:50 PM
No foal as yet. Carlys happy to hear that we all think Willow is very close. She will be watching her like a hawk :)
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: dcwolcott on November 15, 2017, 05:01:23 PM
We'll keep on praying!!!   ;pray ;pray
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 16, 2017, 04:41:24 PM
I got these last night from Carly and I just messaged her to see if there was a foal born last night. No foal as yet.

Title: Re: Willow
Post by: dcwolcott on November 16, 2017, 04:49:43 PM
Looking good!  Please keep us posted, Ryan!    ;pray ;pray ;pray
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 16, 2017, 05:06:42 PM
will do :)  ;pray
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Holly on November 16, 2017, 06:06:00 PM
Shouldn't be much longer!!
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Silver City Heritage Farm on November 18, 2017, 05:00:07 PM
She looks like she's been rubbing and leaning....look at that bushy tail!  Boy has that point gotten pointier and more forward. Bag looks good and ready.  Her expression, even while eating, is very preoccupied and inward focused. Much more pronounced than it was in the last pictures. She's definitely ready any day now.

Here's your prayers for easy and safe foaling!!
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: dcwolcott on November 18, 2017, 06:26:50 PM
 ;pray ;pray ;pray ;pray ;pray
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 20, 2017, 04:19:20 PM
I havent heard from Cary this morning, yet. There was no foal as of yesterday morning. Last pics I saw , baby still wasnt lined up. Udder still growing.

If I get some pics off Carly today I will post them. Carly is at 'Schoolies". Whats "Schoolies" you ask. A place where school leavers go to "let their hair down" :)

Title: Re: Willow
Post by: dcwolcott on November 21, 2017, 06:59:39 AM
Hope she has fun! Just keep us posted, we're all praying for a safe delivery of a healthy little one!   ;pray ;pray
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 21, 2017, 04:23:13 PM
Will do. Hopefully shes holding on for us, I mean for Carly to return lol :)
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Holly on November 22, 2017, 09:04:40 AM
Sorry yall!! I have been a bit out of the loop with daughter in law Dr appointments.
I expected to see a foal announcement. Is she milk testing or just waiting? I think she will see one last change in that udder and belly shape before willow foals.. though it could happen quickly and could be missed.
I pray for a safe dialing and healthy foal!! Best wishes and can't wait!!
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 22, 2017, 04:45:51 PM
I just have to upload the last two pics I was sent last night.

Carly is Back Sunday , Which is Saturday time for you all. I really hope she holds off until she is back.

Udder is still filling but I dont think this little one is quite lined up just yet ...


I really am hopeful she will wait for Carly  ;pray
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Holly on November 22, 2017, 06:01:44 PM
That udder is really looking promising!
Title: Re: Willow
Post by: Ryan on November 22, 2017, 09:31:10 PM
Agreed, though I just hope she holds off until Carly is home  ;pray