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#1 Bayfilly13

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 08:37 AM

Do horses do have Braxton Hicks the way humans do?

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 01:13 PM

I don't know if it is the same as Braxton-Hicks, but I know the first stage of labor (which can be very long) consists of the foal getting correctly positioned in the birth canal so that it comes out head and front legs first. Surely there have to be uterine contractions to accomplish this, because the foal is originally positioned bass-ackwards. [Wink]

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 03:12 PM

Your mare hasnt foaled yet! Wasnt she due the 18?

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 04:19 PM

There is no such thing as a "due" date in horses. Most horses foal between 320 and 370 days, some have waited to over 400 days - that would be very stressful, wouldn't it?

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 08:52 PM

Yeah I know, but there is such thing as a due date, the average is 340 days gestation. My mare was nice enough to go exactly on day 340 for the 2 babies she gave me [Smile]

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 08:37 AM

Do horses do have Braxton Hicks the way humans do?

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 01:13 PM

I don't know if it is the same as Braxton-Hicks, but I know the first stage of labor (which can be very long) consists of the foal getting correctly positioned in the birth canal so that it comes out head and front legs first. Surely there have to be uterine contractions to accomplish this, because the foal is originally positioned bass-ackwards. [Wink]

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 03:12 PM

Your mare hasnt foaled yet! Wasnt she due the 18?

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 04:19 PM

There is no such thing as a "due" date in horses. Most horses foal between 320 and 370 days, some have waited to over 400 days - that would be very stressful, wouldn't it?

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 08:52 PM

Yeah I know, but there is such thing as a due date, the average is 340 days gestation. My mare was nice enough to go exactly on day 340 for the 2 babies she gave me [Smile]