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Pictorial Pregnancy - A Visual Gestation Timeline

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Pictorial Pregnancy - A Visual Gestation Timeline

Postby BlackOak2 » January 11th, 2017, 9:46 am

These are continuing questions that keep popping up. How far along is my mare? When will she give birth? When can I breed her? How long will it take? Can my mare have twins?
Perhaps this visual topic will offer a little more insight into these questions. But first... the answers to the above questions.

How far along is my mare? If you did not mark what age she was when she was bred (or year or season), defining how far along she is, is not an easy task, you May get within three or four months and that's only if you're used to looking at pregnant mares. The following pictures may offer a clearer insight.

When will she give birth? How long will it take? A mare will give birth somewhere between 20 to 26 turns. That's about 10 to 13 months. That being said, I've experienced a couple mares (rare however) that haven't dropped their foal until 13 months and 2 weeks. Most seem to birth at month 11, 11 and 2 weeks, a year and a year and 2 weeks.

When can I breed her? A mare is able to breed at 4 years and can breed successively until they die.

Can my mare have twins? Admin is secret about this yet. So far, there have been no reports of twins (beyond a glitch that produced 'ghost' horses. That glitch has been resolved). However, when directly asked, our admin offered a response that the programming for twins May be in game already... or it May not yet have been implemented. Considering twins (in real life) is supposed to be a rare (and arguably dangerous) occurrence, IF it has already been added to the game, consider the chances of a twin birth at next to impossible.

So now I come to the visual representations of pregnancy. I chose one mare as the example and she dropped her foal at 11 months and 2 weeks. Unluckily, her foal did not meet my expectations, so I chose not to keep him (even with the nice color he offered).

Please welcome Howl, a grade mare. This is her at 15 years and 4 months. This is before breeding.
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She was bred to a mixed Tarpan, dappled stallion named Juice. This is her at 2 weeks. If you look closely, even at a single turn, there is a slight 'baby bump' already expressing itself.
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At 1 month.
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At 2 months.
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At 3 months. There is No mistaking that she is pregnant now and there's no going back. She's only going to get larger. I hope she still fits through those barn doors!
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At 4 months.
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At 5 months.
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At 6 months. Here at approximately halfway through her pregnancy, her bellow gets so distended that it begins to appear to deform at the back. If she were carrying twins (if or when that may be added to the game), would she look even larger yet? Who knows? There hasn't been any confirmed twins, let alone pictures of twin-carrying mares.
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At 7 months.
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At 8 months.
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At 9 months. She looks ready to pop. It's still at the very least a month too early and indeed she still has some growth left in that belly of hers.
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At 10 months.
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At 11 months. She dropped her foal a single turn (2 weeks) after her 11 month picture. I was hoping she'd carry for at least another month, but that wasn't her plan. :D At least she still fit through the barn doors...
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As far as other questions or some more in depth answers, please visit the other help guides and also, you can search the forums (specifically the questions forum) for others who have asked the same question.

Good Luck and Happy Breeding!
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Re: Pictorial Pregnancy - A Visual Gestation Timeline

Postby stephanie111 » January 12th, 2017, 11:20 am

BlackOak2 wrote:These are continuing questions that keep popping up. How far along is my mare? When will she give birth? When can I breed her? How long will it take? Can my mare have twins?
Perhaps this visual topic will offer a little more insight into these questions. But first... the answers to the above questions.

How far along is my mare? If you did not mark what age she was when she was bred (or year or season), defining how far along she is, is not an easy task, you May get within three or four months and that's only if you're used to looking at pregnant mares. The following pictures may offer a clearer insight.

When will she give birth? How long will it take? A mare will give birth somewhere between 20 to 24 turns. That's about 10 to 12 months. That being said, I've experienced a couple mares (rare however) that haven't dropped their foal until 13 months and 2 weeks. Most seem to birth at month 11, 11 and 2 weeks, a year and a year and 2 weeks.

When can I breed her? A mare is able to breed at 4 years and can breed successively until they die.

Can my mare have twins? Admin is secret about this yet. So far, there have been no reports of twins (beyond a glitch that produced 'ghost' horses. That glitch has been resolved). However, when directly asked, our admin offered a response that the programming for twins May be in game already... or it May not yet have been implemented. Considering twins (in real life) is supposed to be a rare (and arguably dangerous) occurrence, IF it has already been added to the game, consider the chances of a twin birth at next to impossible.

So now I come to the visual representations of pregnancy. I chose one mare as the example and she dropped her foal at 11 months and 2 weeks. Unluckily, her foal did not meet my expectations, so I chose not to keep him (even with the nice color he offered).

Please welcome Howl, a grade mare. This is her at 15 years and 4 months. This is before breeding.
Image


She was bred to a mixed Tarpan, dappled stallion named Juice. This is her at 2 weeks. If you look closely, even at a single turn, there is a slight 'baby bump' already expressing itself.
Image


At 1 month.
Image


At 2 months.
Image


At 3 months. There is No mistaking that she is pregnant now and there's no going back. She's only going to get larger. I hope she still fits through those barn doors!
Image


At 4 months.
Image


At 5 months.
Image


At 6 months. Here at approximately halfway through her pregnancy, her bellow gets so distended that it begins to appear to deform at the back. If she were carrying twins (if or when that may be added to the game), would she look even larger yet? Who knows? There hasn't been any confirmed twins, let alone pictures of twin-carrying mares.
Image


At 7 months.
Image


At 8 months.
Image


At 9 months. She looks ready to pop. It's still at the very least a month too early and indeed she still has some growth left in that belly of hers.
Image


At 10 months.
Image


At 11 months. She dropped her foal a single turn (2 weeks) after her 11 month picture. I was hoping she'd carry for at least another month, but that wasn't her plan. :D At least she still fit through the barn doors...
Image


As far as other questions or some more in depth answers, please visit the other help guides and also, you can search the forums (specifically the questions forum) for others who have asked the same question.

Good Luck and Happy Breeding!

Thanks for doing this! The stall door thing? I loved it :D !

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Re: Pictorial Pregnancy - A Visual Gestation Timeline

Postby Scythian » January 12th, 2017, 7:25 pm

Thank you for the thorough, well-displayed sequence. As a breeder, I can say that this is typical. Some of my mares start showing earlier than others, and some seem to get even bigger toward the 11th month.

When a breeding is completed, the system message includes this phrase " ... a foal may result in 20-26 turns [equivalent of 10-13 months]." So far, Admin has assured us that breeding is trouble-free; we always get a single healthy foal in that amount of time. Or a little more. (I've had at least 1 mare take 13-1/2 months.)

Until last fall, there was a bug/feature that kept a mare alive as long as she was pregnant -- you could breed her again on the same day she gave birth (you still can), and she'd keep going. Some dedicated players had mares over 40 years old! But then that was "fixed"; now any mare over 20 will either give birth and live, or give birth and die. We're still able to enjoy the foal being healthy and automatically provided with mare's milk for the first 6 months, even if it has been orphaned.

Of course, Admin can make the game harder if they want to -- or we want them to. Seems as if for now, they aren't planning any major changes to breeding, gestating, or giving birth. But who knows ... :mrgreen:

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Re: Pictorial Pregnancy - A Visual Gestation Timeline

Postby BlackOak2 » January 13th, 2017, 8:23 am

I am hoping that this will alleviate some of our repeating breeding questions. I know that much of these same answers are a little buried amidst the other guides... and those continue to grow. So hopefully this will do just that as it sits, not within another guide, but as it's own topic.

Perhaps in the future, we'll have to do just that and separate our guides info parts into specific topics to make locating answers much quicker.

Even I have trouble locating answers when I've forgotten something. So what does that mean for somebody just signing up?


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