Advice needed for helping an inexperienced person with a pregnant mini

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    03-29-2013, 10:49 AM
Advice needed for helping an inexperienced person with a pregnant mini

I just found out we're getting a new boarder. She has boarded here before, but before I was there and I have never met her. Apparently she has a pregnant mini that she just recently found out was even pregnant, it must have been pregnant before she got her. According to my BO she doesn't really know much, has never cared for a pregnant mare before, and I immediately got really worried. I work in the horse industry, teaching lessons and exercising, and I feel I am fairly knowledgeable (enough to make a living with my business) and I don't feel I am even qualified to breed a horse yet.
I haven't done any research on it yet, I figured it would be better if I asked all of you first. I have bred goats, and pygmies (the smaller goats) are far more likely to have complications than larger breeds, so I suspect it's the same for minis. I know there are vaccinations a mare is supposed to receive, specific nutrition, but I don't know exactly what they need!. I'm not sure if she's working with a vet, but supposedly the mare is due in 2 weeks! She's moving the mini and her thoroughbred out on Monday.
How can I be helpful and not rude, condescending or pushy? I'm honestly pretty scared for this little mare and her foal, do I have a reason to be? Thanks guys.
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    03-29-2013, 10:53 AM
Direct her to the Lil Beginnings mini forum. They are very knowledgeable about minis
    03-29-2013, 04:00 PM
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Its not a very good idea for her to be moving her mini mare so close to her due will likely cause a stressed labor. However, since you arent her BO or her trainer, it really isn't your job to be inquiring about these things or giving her advice if she doesnt ask for it. If you must though, engage her in conversation and see if she has a vet. If she doesn't, recommend a good one to her.

Again though, its not really your concern, so make sure you aren't in her face. She could very well already have everything planned beautifully.
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    03-29-2013, 11:19 PM
Very well. I wasn't planning on getting pushy and offering unsolicited advice, but I am worried about this and if she does ask, I'd like to be able to help in any way I can. You're right, not my business.

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