Teak Case Study Part Five (30/11/2017)

Teak’s Update

Current Gestation: 317 days
Notable Changes:
Teak’s udder is continuing to develop. She isn’t showing many behavioural changes yet. We did decide that Teak’s cover was going to come off as she moves closer to foaling (she’s been wearing a light sheet to help reflect some of the hot sun of her dark body).

Teak is now 317 days which is on the cusp of what is deemed ‘premature’. In a full TB/QH sized horse any foal less than 300 days is unlikely to survive, a foal from 300 – 320 days is deemed premature and anything after 320 days is much less likely to have problems. Full term for a foal is generally around 330 – 345 days (it varies by individual mare).

As well as deciding to take Teak’s cover off because she could realistically foal at any point from now, her owner and I also discussed her condition. As you will have seen in the video Teak is developing a ‘crest’ on her neck and getting small fat deposits over the top of her rear end. For this reason the decision was made to reduce Teak’s feed size – she still has ad lib access to grass (or hay) if required but she wasn’t needing quite as much hard feed at this stage.

***Teak was inseminated on 17th January 2017 using one dose (8 straws) of imported frozen semen. She was confirmed 18 days in foal on 4th February 2017. Based on the average gestation of 330 – 345 days, Teak’s expected due date would be anywhere from 13th December – 25th December 2017***


Side by Side Comparison Photos

(this week vs. last week/first week)

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