How To Tell When A Horse Is About To Give Birth

How To Tell When A Horse Is About To Give Birth


Horse pregnancy is a lengthy process, but it’s an incredibly exciting time for horse owners. If you are lucky enough to have a mare that is pregnant, then you’ll need to know how to tell when your horse is about to give birth. While horses can have foals at any time of the year, most of them will give birth sometime between late spring and early fall.

Section: Watch for a Change in Behavior

Section: A Horse’s Body Will Prepare For Birth By Producing Colostrum

Section: The Uterus Will Drop as the Mares Come Close to Giving Birth

Takeaway: It’s natural for mares to be nervous and restless when close to giving birth, but there are some other signs you can look for as well. Milk production and dropping of the uterus are two ways that a mare’s body prepares for giving birth. Also note changes in behavior such as restlessness and even colic-like symptoms. Most foals are born in the evening or during the night so be watchful during these times if your mare looks like she might be close!

The horse’s udder will be enlarged and probably quite full and firm.

  • The horse’s udder will be enlarged and probably quite full and firm.
  • It may swell, turn a darker shade of pink, and become firmer.
  • The underside of the udder may also get a light coat of foamy sweat that looks like lather or bubbles.
  • A pregnant mare’s teats will darken in color and become smaller – the teat should fit easily into your hand when you grip it gently between two fingers.

Her tailhead is often oily, wet and loose.

At the end of a horse’s pregnancy, an oily liquid can be seen coming from her tailhead. This is called “foaling grease,” and it is a sign that she is about to give birth. The foaling grease helps lubricate the birth canal as well as prevent infection.

When a mare goes into labor, she will often stand with her hindquarters facing away from you so that you can’t see what is happening behind her legs. She may also lie down or roll onto her side to give birth; either way, this position allows for easier access to both the baby and its mother’s reproductive tract for cleaning purposes.

She may start having contractions around two weeks before the birth.

You may have heard that horses have false labor, which is when they have contractions but don’t actually go into labor. False labor can be a sign of early pregnancy and will often stop once the horse goes into real labor.

Horses also experience true labor pains in the same way as a human woman would experience them during childbirth. At first, these contractions are mild and irregular; they gradually become more frequent and stronger as delivery approaches.

Her vulva will relax and enlarge about three days before the birth.

The vulva will relax and enlarge about three days before the birth. The mare’s vagina will also become very pink, and her cervix will dilate about two days prior to labor. If you see any of these signs, it’s likely that your horse is nearing labor.

When a mare is ready to give birth, she’ll start wandering around and may act restless or nervous. She may also seem uncomfortable when you touch her belly or flanks; this is normal as the uterus compresses against the pelvic bones during contractions.

The most common sign is the dropping of the foal’s head into the pelvis about eighteen hours before birth. This is called “lightening”.

One of the most common signs is the dropping of the foal’s head into the pelvis about eighteen hours before birth. This is called “lightening”. When this happens, you know that it won’t be long until she has your new baby horse in her arms. Sometimes this sign can be seen as early as 12 hours before birth, but in some cases it doesn’t happen until just an hour or so before foal time.

When this happens, it’s time to call your vet!

Becoming familiar with your horse’s normal behaviors will help you to recognize subtle differences in her behavior as her delivery approaches.

Knowing your horse’s normal behavior will help you recognize slight changes in her behavior as her delivery approaches. An experienced horse person can recognize these subtle changes, but a novice should consider consulting an experienced friend or trainer.

The following signs may indicate that a mare is about to foal:

  • Abnormal discharge from the vulva
  • Restlessness (pacing)
  • Increased urination and thirstiness (may be excessive)


If you’re new to horse pregnancy and birth, the best thing to do is find an experienced person who can show you the ropes. If that’s not possible for now, it’s a good idea to study up on how far along your mare is and what stage of labor she might be in. A good rule of thumb is that foals are born at around 340 days after conception—so if your mare is past day 330, get ready! Most mares will be showing physical signs of labor before they go into active labor, such as vaginal discharge and restlessness. As the foal begins to emerge during delivery (called “parturition”), you should see some feet first followed by legs. Once these pass through your mare’s birth canal without too much difficulty, you know that all should go well from here on out! The foal should immediately try standing up within 60 seconds after being born—if that doesn’t happen, seek veterinary attention quickly as there may have been damage done during delivery.

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