Sunday, May 24, 2009

To watch this creature fair

How about a contest?My Arabian mare, Annie, is due to foal soon. I want to run a contest for everyone with the prize to be a surprise! All you have to do is leave a comment with your guess on when you think she will foal (date and time) and what she will have (sex). Extra points will be given for picking the right color. ;) The closest guess will win a present from me.

Some background on Annie: she is a maiden mare (never bred before) and 16 years old. Last year, on July 8th and 9th, she was bred by artificial insemination. As of today, she is 318-319 days gestation.
Normal gestation varies from 320 to 360+ days with an average of 340.
The hallmark signs of impending foaling include: (1) udder fills at two to four weeks prior to foaling, (2) tailhead relaxes within a week prior to foaling, (3) teats “wax” within a week prior to foaling or sometimes not at all, (4) teats fill and may drip milk in the days prior to foaling, (5) vulva relaxes and the mare is restless in the hours prior to foaling. The actual foaling process begins with labor generally lasting one to two hours. The mare will be restless and may seem colicky. The end of labor is marked by the rupture of the fetal membranes surrounding the foal. The delivery follows which is a quick process usually lasting 5 to 20 minutes. The normal presentation of the foal should be with the front hooves down, one slightly ahead of the other, and the nose tucked on the knees and cannons.

Annie has been bagged up for a few days now and this morning, I noticed yellow dripping from her teat. She also peed several times, the last time it was just a few dribbles, as I was feeding them.
I decided to turn all the horses out for a few hours since it looks like a nice day and they have been confined for the last several days because of rainy weather. Annie was very anxious, running back and forth before entering the arena. She has not been out with Scout and Nadia for at least a week now. She reasserted her alpha status immediately with them, pinning her ears and biting at them over her hay. But quickly, she settled down and began eating with them. They were all happy to be out after all the rainy weather. Scout even rolled.
I intend to go out in a couple of hours and hand graze them on grass. That's why their feeding appears to be so light, in case anyone was wondering.
Yesterday, I placed a mineral brick in Annie's feeder. I could hear her crunching all night and this morning, I noticed how much she'd eaten! She had a 50 pound block available out in the field but I haven't been turning her out so much lately. I didn't realize how much she missed it. I even give her Mare Plus vitamins daily. Or maybe, she just enjoyed the treat.
I intend to keep a close watch on her. I honestly don't know when she will foal. According to this website, it could be soon, or... weeks?
My guess: June 7th, 3:40AM, a dark filly. Bay? (fingers crossed). I think she will keep me waiting and anticipating for a while yet. June 7th is a full moon. However, today is a new moon. Will she foal early? She really is huge!!
I had some questions about color. Annie's dam line are almost all grays, Palas line, but her sire is a bay, El Paso line. The stud is a black bay, Khemosabi line. There is a high probability of a gray but I'm hoping for a black bay like the sire. I believe gray is a dominant color for Arabs but then, so is bay.
I just found out that FernValleyAppaloosas has two mares due about the same time. She is also running a contest, so stop by her blog too.

To watch this creature fair - song: Lady Stardust, artist: David Bowie, album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars


Pony Girl said...

I guess May 31st. Hmm...sometime after 4 pm. :) And a colt, and probably dark in color. Can't wait to see what happens!!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Ooo, I want to play! I say bay colt (to turn grey) on June 1st @ 9:45 PM.

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

June 16 - probably during the night, filly, gray.

No matter what it will be exciting.

Hopefully, Betty and I can come over after she's born.


fernvalley01 said...

Hi there ,thanks for stopping by my blog . I don't know your gal gould go before my Jazz , but Maidens are funny they dont follow the book so close .If she had foaled before I would say you are 24-48 hrs ,but again a maiden can do all that and wait a month. Good luck and keep us uptto date ( I will be following. My guess,June 4pm fill

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

It could be sooner with as large as she is already, but my guess is going to be June 3rd about 11pm. A dark bay filly with two white rear socks, and a snip and a star. :)

I'll get that tent brought over this week.


Andrea said...

I am going to say June 14th in the early morning 4am. She will have a filly, and it will be bay and shed out gray.

Who is she bred to?

Dusty Devoe said...

June 5th AM filly!

Paint Girl said...

June 4th, 11:30 pm, bay filly!
I can't wait to see the baby!

Gail said...

Lisa sent me. 6PM June 3rd. Hard to guess the color since I do not know the color of the sperm donor. Since spots seem to be what you prefer, I will go with some roaning and grey...a colt of course.

jenidlg said...

I am going to guess June 1st around 11pm with a tan colt.

Found your blog through Lisa @ Laughing Orca Ranch. My daughter is also watching your girl intently waiting to see the new arrival.

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

This is fun.....I came over from Laughing Orca. I had a foal last year and it's so exciting to watch. We put a foal cam in the barn and watched for two weeks prior because the previous owners said she goes early.....not! We caught half in and half out. I had just gone off my watch and hubby was watching, left monitor for a sec, she laid down and started having it! Not knowing anything about the sire makes it hard to answer one of the questions but here goes....I'm guessing June 7th but at 1:00 A.M., a colt and chestnut turning grey. If you want to have her hang on to full gestation keep watching her! LOL!

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Oh yes, I was meaning to comment on how great of a friend you are Val, to Laughing Orca Ranch helping out with her black and white mare! Such a hard decision for her to make to sell.

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Sorry to leave three comments in a row but if you want to see a cute little Arabian colt come on over and scroll down to Friday 22nd post. We have our mare at a trainer and the view into the facility was a cute little guy and mom....from a very well known sire...they have a statue in front of him. I'll have to find out the name.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Thanks, everyone, for entering the contest.

I am soooo excited!!!

Sydney said...

Grey is a dominant gene but it can however be recessive. If the foal receives a G allelle it will grey out if it receives the g allele it will pass it on to future generations and stay solid. I say a bay foal that will grey (G (grey) gene is dominant over all other)

I say bay filly born around ooh...8pm on May 31st.

Anonymous said...

Since she's maiden, I'm going to say full term and June 24th at 1:30am. It'll be bay but shed out gray (of course, we won't know that until it's older!) -- oh, and I think colt.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

June 4th around 3:00 AM and it will be a gray filly.

Breathe said...

The last time I was waiting for a foal it took FOREVER. I think he was way too comfy.

I'll go with June 11th (only because that's my Dad's birthday) and a colt (because they take longer in the oven. I'm going with bay to add to the wishes karma!

lytha said...

I'll play!!!

June 4, 4 AM, colt that will turn grey and have "freckles" as the Germans call fleabitten greys.


RiverBend Farm said...

I read so much about you over at Lisa's. She has a dear friend in you. Okay, this contest sounds exciting...I love contests. My guess is June 8 around 1 o'clock in the morning with a dark colt (to later turn gray).

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Everybody, thanks for entering this contest. If your date passes, please feel free to reenter. Also, please verify that your entry is correct on the sidebar.
Thanks, and good luck!

Shirley said...

I guess June 13, filly, born between midnight and 4 AM ,and bay, but likely to turn grey.

The Wades said...

Hi Val. I have to go for my anniversary June 8, 9:38 PM, colt, gray.

Can't wait to see.

Oz Girl said...

Came here via Lisa's blog and I'm going to make a wild guess... bay filly May 29 around 11 p.m. Figured I'd guess early since most are guessing later. :)

Melanie said...

What fun!!!
I am thinking that she will have a dark bay colt, on or around 6/24, at 9:00 in the morning.

I really hope it is before then, but sometimes they can go forever. :)

Tammy said...

June 11 (sorry Annie!), stud colt, bay at 4:12 AM

Tammy said...

Just checking in on Annie! No baby yet!

Tell Sheila she did good for Blue. I rode him last night - first time since she did - and he was an absolute angel! (He always starts out fresh in the spring). We were on the same trail as you rode. We took the hills & the water crossings. Solid solid solid as a rock! I'm on a quest to get 100 pounds off him before our family trip out west in a few weeks. Poor Blue.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Hi all, thanks for the bets!
No activity yet, although she seems to be ready. She stands with her tail out to the side quite often and she seems to be extra uncomfortable at times. I know this can go on for days/weeks though considering my doctor told me I could have my babies ANTTIME...for 5 weeks! My first son was 2 weeks late! LOL!
It's been very cold in the mornings (39-40 degrees) and stormy at night so I fine with her waiting a while longer.

Tammy, thanks for the compliment, I will tell Sheila. I'm sure that will make her very happy. She worried that she was doing all right. Blue is a super horse, BTW!
We really had a great time!