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First Stages of Foaling
Submitted by: Leslie and Tony Cunningham (TLC Miniatures)
The first sign that foaling has actually started is often a gallon or two of clear fluid escaping from the vagina, It is possible to miss this as it happens very quickly. Within 5 minutes a white, glistening membrane should appear between the lips of the vulva. First one front foot and a minute or so later the second front foot should appear within this membrane. The nose should then follow. It is not uncommon for mares to stand up just after the feet are presented and then lie down again.
This is what you SHOULD see: