Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hang on to yourself

Annie is still hanging on to that foal. Today, she is at 336 days of gestation.

A few nights ago it was a full moon.

One night, it was very, very windy.

Yesterday, I was away at school all day and attended a meeting that lasted late into the night.

It rained all last night and most of this morning.

What does it take?

She isn't as active as usual and she seems to have slowed down on eating. She stands at the back of the paddock away from everybody and hangs her head low, quite often now.

Her teats are very full and hard.

She likes to be scratched on her neck, always has, but maybe even more so. Look at that lip curl down. Her bottom lip trembles.
She really likes to back up to me and spread her hind legs as if I can do something about it! I would name this foal Erotica but the name has already been taken. lol.

I also noticed this morning that her hind leg has swollen up. She's not lame. I think it's from the pressure of the foal, or something. Has anyone experienced anything like it?

I have slept out in the barn four nights now. So has Lisa and her kids. We use the tent because the air is so dusty with hay bits and dirt. Also, it's cold! It's been in the 40's every night this month, I think.

I just wonder if, when the time does come, we'll sleep through it. I do like to sit in her metal feeder and watch but Scout drives me crazy by hanging his head through the rail and teasing me. He nuzzles and nuzzles and every once in a while, nips. Such a bad boy, Scout.

Place your bets, people. It can't be much longer, can it? (fingers crossed!)

Hang on to yourself - song: Hang on to yourself, artist: David Bowie, album: TRAFOZSATSFM


Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

I'm sure Annie's more ready than anybody. I think you need to name this foal 'Stubborn.'

Or maybe 'Slowpoke.'


Paint Girl said...

New guess, all my dates keep passing!
6/11/09- 1:00 am, bay filly.
Come on Annie! Have that baby already!! You know how many people want to see the foal?

RiverBend Farm said...

Poor Annie. I still say it's going to happen around 1:30 in the morning, so my new guess is tomorrow morning. And, Scout, gotta love him. I love that horse!

fernvalley01 said...

The swelling in her hind leg ,could be edema, often you will find it close to foaling along the "milk viens and down her back legs , try walking her a little to help disperse it .If it is not severe ,don't worry . If she is backing off the feed that could be a good sign , she is looking good in the pics .In all honesty I prefer to sleep through it.Good Luck ! I am not voting again ecxept to say I bet it will be a beauty!

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Oh I feel for ya girl! Hopefully she'll be having it soon! I say it's tonight at 2:00! Fingers crossed!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Let's hope it's tonight or tomorrow morning then. This schedule is putting me behind in my school studies.

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Just stopping by this morning to see if there's any news....hopefully you're marveling at a gorgeous little foal!

Tammy said...

Darn -- assuming no baby at 4:12 AM this morning (11th). New day - June 14 at 12:12 AM. Bay stud colt.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

No, still no foal!

I imagine this one's going to be keeping us hanging another day or two. Today is my busy school day- three classes from 10 AM until 7:30PM. I get a break around 3:00 so I'll come home and see what's up. Hopefully, they'll wait until 9:00 tonight.

I am more interested in a healthy Annie foaling a healthy foal than seeing the actual birthing although it would be pretty neat. I'm just so scared of something going wrong and me not knowing what to do.

allhorsestuff said...

Oh sweet mare! I hope today may be the day!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I don't even remember what my original guess was. Hopefully, it will be soon and when it's convenient for you.

Grey Horse Matters said...

I feel so bad for the poor girl. Hope it happens soon so she can get some relief.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I'm going to guess again....

June 12th at 3:30 am. Baby Filly.....

and maybe even twins (?!) gah! I hope not, but gee that gal is wide!

Come on Annie. Everyone wants to love on your baby! Poor Val needs some more sleep and less worries. And you'll feel so much better afterwards, too.
You're going to be such a great Mama!


The Wades said...

OK, new guess. 6/13 at 4:21 PM.

I'm mad at Annie for not having her foal on the 8th. You can tell her I said so.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

I'm going with some time on June 13too. Scout was born on June 13th so it's a very good day!

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Oh I'll say early tomorrow 1:30 A.M. Come on Annie! Still a chestnut turned gray colt. Healthy and happy....nothing to worry about Val...I know it's hard but.... think positive thoughts.....everything is going to be O.K. Luanne