Saturday, March 17, 2007

Foaling Mare's Secret Code - Arabian Horses

The mare's secret code of honor is as old as horses themselves and is ultimately the species best kept secret. No mare shall ever produce a foal before it's time. (It's time being determined by the following factors):

No foal shall be born until total chaos has been reached by all involved. Your house must be a wreck, your family hungry and desperate for clean clothes, and your social life nonexistent.

Midwives must reach the babbling fool status before you foal out. Bloodshot eyes, tangled hair and the inability to form a sentence mean you're getting close.

For every bell, beeper, camera or whistle they attach to you, foaling must be delayed by at least one day for each item.

Vet check, add a day, internal add three. If you hear the words, "She's nowhere near ready. You'll be fine while I'm away for the weekend," Wait 12 to 16 hours and pop that baby out!

Owner stress must be at an all time high! If you are in the care of someone else, ten to fifteen phone calls a day is a sign you're getting close. When you hear the words "I can't take it anymore!" wait three days and produce a foal.
You must keep this waiting game interesting. False alarms are necessary! Little teasers such as looking at your stomach, pushing your food around in the bucket and then walking away from it are always good for a rise. Be creative and find new things to do to keep the adrenaline pumping in those who wait.

The honor of all horses is now in your hands. Use this time to avenge all of your stable mates. Think about your friend who had to wear that silly costume in front of those people. Hang onto that baby for another day. OH, they made him do tricks too! Three more days seems fair. Late feedings, the dreaded diet, bad haircuts, those awful worming's can also be avenged at this time.
If you have fulfilled all of the above and are still not sure when to have this foal, listen to the weather forecast on the radio that has been so generously provided by those who wait. Severe storm warning is what you're waiting for. In the heart of the storm jump into action! The power could go out and you could have the last laugh. You have a good chance of those who wait missing the whole thing while searching for a flashlight that works!

Make the most of your interrupted nights. Beg for food each time someone comes into the stable to check you. Your stable mates will love you as the extra goodies fall their way too.

Remember, this code of honor was designed to remind man of how truly special horses are. Do your best to reward those who wait with a beautiful filly to carry on the mare code of honor for the next generation of those who wait!

I found this in a post on Mare Stare, it didn't say who the author was but I couldn't resist posting it here. After all my recent mare watching, this sure feels like the God's honest truth.

See my cam currently on Krugorrs Heiress and her new colt born March 12. He is a character to watch.


  1. I haven't commented on your site before, but I have to tell you that I absolutely love it! I confess that I am a quarter horse girl, but your blog has shown me just how great Arabian horses are.

    I remember when I was a kid in 4-H and one of the girls let me ride her saddle seat Arabian. He was a really nice show horse, and she told me all I had to say was "Step out" and he would trot really big. It worked! And it was probably the best ride of my life. I was amazed at how smart and willing that horse was compared to my quarter horse. Your blog has helped me realize that most Arabians are that way! Now I want one of my own! Thank you so much for writing!

  2. LOL MiKael aint that the truth??? Our B&W mare went 10 days over when she had the blue roan filly BB. She was huge. I will post a pic of her and BB when the baby was 12 hours old. Her legs (BBs) were so swollen for days. Her last baby Eb was more or less on time but he was also huge, never seen such big babies.

    But they will pull every trick in the book to stress you out and keep you wondering and waiting.

    Thanks for that it made me smile.


  3. Oh sorry meant to comment on the photo. Nice shot again. Let me know what camera you are using and I will give you a few tips on angles etc. You should carry it with you at all times LOL, although cold weather flattens the batteries very quickly and also extreme cold has been known to kill a storage card in the camera! If I have my camera I usually put it inside my insulated jacket when I am not shooting or in between shots.


  4. That's a really sweet picutre and very cute foal. I love the little blanket.

  5. This is hysterical, I absolutely loved it. Makes me glad I have never been in the position of responsibility to be on watch for a mare ready to foal.

  6. I love This! Whoever wrote it did a fantastic job. Its SO true! LOL

  7. People should read this.