**Need some Advice Please**

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeding

**Need some Advice Please**

This is a discussion on **Need some Advice Please** within the Horse Breeding forums, part of the Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics category

    LinkBack Thread Tools
        11-28-2007, 01:28 PM
    Green Broke
    **Need some Advice Please**

    Ok, I know I'm being a little bit premature here, especially as Meg isn't due until the 13th March, but I like to get things organised and straight in my mind, think I'm a little like AK Paintlover. I'll be asking for lots of advice along the way, but like to know lots before hand.

    Meg is on straw bedding (thankfully not tempted to eat it as some as you may know from an earlier thread). I've been told that when your mare is nearing her due date, you have to totally take out all bedding every day, and put all new/fresh in. :roll: Is this correct?
    Only reason I'm asking is Megs stable is huge, and to do that every day, would mean possibly 15+ small bales of straw a day! If that's what I've got to do, then so be it, but I wanted to see what all you guys thought, especially as that will lead to one mega big muck heap.....

    Any advice, thoughts or comments will be gratefully received.

    Thanks in advance.
    Sponsored Links
        11-28-2007, 10:44 PM
    I do believe we are like nesting mothers - Our mare isn't due until around April 20, and I am already so preoccupied/excited about it.

    About the straw...I am not an expert, but I plan on just cleaning out the dirty part of the shavings until she appears to be within days of foaling. At that time, I will probably replace the shavings daily. That is the plan anyway :)

    Maybe someone on here with more experience could share :)
        11-29-2007, 03:57 AM
    Green Broke
    Thanks AK,

    To be honest I take all wet and dirty straw out daily anyway, but to take it all out seemed such a waste. At the moment I get maybe a barrow a day of soiled and that's it. Megs a very tidy girl, does all her business in the same corner. The rest of the bed isn't messed.
    I think you are right about us being nesting mothers. I'm so excited, I thought this year would go slow, but I've found its flown, and D day seems to be creeping upon us very quickly.
    I'm glad there is someone else around that will be going through the same. Hopefully we can help each other out along the way.
        11-30-2007, 11:47 PM
    My mare is due the first weekend in May and I'm also extremely excited as well! Our first homebred baby, yaaaay! 8)

    As far as the question, we've always just cleaned it the same way as always. Take out all the messiness and replace whatever you need to with fresh stuff.

    Good luck with your foals you two!
        12-01-2007, 06:10 AM
    Green Broke
    And you too.

    There's going to be lots of foal pics on the forum next year.
        12-01-2007, 03:56 PM
    Our mare is due in April and we're excited too. She's bred to HD Continental Chex and we can't wait to see her foal. We usually use shavings an pick the stall daily until it's close to time and then we'll put down fresh. Hope this helps
        12-01-2007, 11:28 PM
    No it's not necessary to strip a stall daily. Just cleaning out the soiled bedding is good enough. Think about it, in the wild, they don't get clean bedding. Many horses, both wild and domestic foal out on the ground. It will be fine.
        12-02-2007, 06:10 AM
    Green Broke
    Thank you. I thought it was a little ridiculous to do the whole bed everyday. I read it in a book that a friend gave me. :roll:
    I'm so relieved now, to do Megs stall daily would have taken forever, its huge!
    Thanks everyone for your advice and comments. And good luck to all nesting mothers!
        12-02-2007, 09:54 PM
    We've got 4 due this spring, plus an additional mare that we are foaling out for someone. (She is a broodmare that was ours that we sold.) this will be bittersweet for us as it's our last year for breeding. I can't wait to see all the new babies.
        12-03-2007, 02:50 AM
    Well there certainly are a lot of "expecting parents" on this forum. :)

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:


    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:36 AM.

    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0