It is difficult to predict foaling times based on udder development, appearance of udder secretions, and relaxation of the tail head and other pelvic ligaments.
As foaling approaches, some mares may leak colostrum and it may accumulate on the teat ends (waxing).
Foaling itself is rapid and nearly always takes place with the mare lying down.
You should also wash the hind legs and rear end of the mare the day after foaling.
Once the foaling
process begins, it usually goes in three stages.
Breeders aiming for commercial success will be unsurprised to see the average foaling
date of the dearest yearling sold at Doncaster, where athletic two-year-old types are prized, is earlier than that at Tattersalls, where blueblooded Classic-bred horses come under the hammer.
dates may have played a significant role in determining the outcome last year as winner Maqaasid was the only January foal in the lineup and had just half a length in hand over the third, Ladies Are Forever, who with a May birth month was one of the younger horses in field.
Among the other early foaling
mares is the regally bred Paquita, who delivered a filly by Tiger Hill in early January.
Endless Summer: a premature arrival who gained no advantage from his early foaling
Shadayid died last spring after foaling
and, like Salsabil, is a great loss for Shadwell.
She describes the foaling
process in clear terms and outlines the potential problems for mare and foal before, during and after birth.
Stakes-placed Michelle's Monarch has made a quick impact at stud by foaling
last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' runner-up Platinum Tiara (by Cozzene), a stakes winner on turf this year.