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    05-20-2013, 04:24 PM
Ok so managed to get ahold of the other person who helped us rescue her from the horse hoarder and he believes she has another month (from what he knows about the hoarder's farm, etc.). Ugh the suspense is killing me! But that makes me feel a little better, because that means we have longer to give her better care before baby is born. Of course he could be wrong. We gave her a bath yesterday, and found a huge tick inside the fold of her udder all swollen with blood and after about 20 tries managed to get it out of there. She lifted her leg up in warning but didn't actually kick us. Yay! She is also still rocking the dapples, and has some strange coloring showing on her legs. Sort of turning darker, with criss cross lines of the chestnut coming through. Anyone want to share how I can tell if we have fescue? Anyone have a good link or something that would explain? I have found loads of informative sites online but nothing with super good photos. Should I just take her completely off it, and put her in the smaller pen with just hay, etc? We are facing enough challenges, with her being starved most of her pregnancy, and most likely not wormed or vaccinated til we got hold of her, so I don't need to add that into the mix.
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    05-20-2013, 04:49 PM
She is really pretty! You've done a really good job getting weight back on her. Hopefully the stud was ok conformation and temperment-wise and you'll get a nice foal out of this. Unfortunately, I'm not much help with the fescue. Do you know if it's common in your area?
    05-20-2013, 05:05 PM
Wowo what a beautiful Lady she is.. can't wait for baby..
here are pictures of fescue...I don't know much about it
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    05-20-2013, 05:10 PM
The other person who helped us rescue her told us yesterday that the horse hoarder that had her only keeps American Saddlebreds, so the stallion who covered her would be a Saddlebred like her. I was told, and who knows if it is true or not, that this hoarder person had some of the top Saddlebreds at the American Royal at one point in time, though I don't know when that would have been. Or if it is even true. I didn't bother to find out and didn't pay much attention to what he was saying about that when we bought her, because all I cared about was getting her somewhere safe where she would be loved and fed and happy. We are trying to get her papers from the hoarder person if we can, just so we know lineage, etc. We aren't ever going to sell or anything, its just for our own interest. She is gaining well, which pleases us! I don't know if fescue is a concern around here, I just know everyone who meets her says to me "I hope she isn't on fescue". None of those people have actually tried to point out whether or not I had it, though? So I thought I should figure it out pretty quick.
    05-20-2013, 05:13 PM
Those pics are VERY helpful! Thanks so much, I have seen stuff like that in my yard, but not over in the pasture.
    05-24-2013, 05:01 PM
Ok so I contacted the county extension agent and he is coming out to take a look at the pasture and give me his opinion on the fescue issue. It is a free service for county tax payers. This waiting is driving me crazy, I swear. Ellie is completely relaxed and chillin' out every day, and I'm checking her bag, watching her shape, etc, for tiny signs that she is near thinking it could be any day, and she just gets bigger and bigger. I was wondering if anyone has thoughts on whether the foal will be smaller than usual (judging by her belly, how that would be possible I do not know), since she was so starved before we got her? I figured baby would take from mom, and mom would be the one to starve, but does anyone know what we might face, simply because she was neglected for so long? Do we stand a chance at having a normal, healthy foal? She is NOT a maiden, I have been told she is a good mother, and has had at least one colt. I have heard it has been an awful year for offspring, of many, many different sorts of farm animals.
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    05-24-2013, 05:06 PM
And this is what she looked like the day we got her, roughly two months ago. I hope her foal makes it!
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    05-24-2013, 05:23 PM
I don't really have any advice but I want to say she is beautiful! That's awesome that you took her in and are caring for her. Can't wait to see pictures of the baby! :)
    05-24-2013, 05:36 PM
Ellie and the baby will probably both be fine. I rescued a mare about 3 and a half years ago and she looked a lot worse than Ellie when I brought her home. I fed her for about a month and a half, she was a smaller mare, so it didn't take too much to get her back up to par, then sent her to the trainer, only for him to call me 3 days later to tell me to come get her, she couldn't be broke because she was going to foal in the next 2 months!! I brought her home and fed her a healthy diet, wormed her, vaccinated her, and by the time the baby arrived both were healthy and she had her and raised her without a problem. So, even though there are cases where bad things happen, those things can also happen in totally healthy mares as well... Chances are Ellie and baby will be just fine! Happy foaling!
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    05-24-2013, 05:48 PM
From what I've read, - I'm no expert, so this is just me speculating based on what I've read - the developing fetus's nutritional needs are not that great until about the last three months of pregnancy. I think you should be ok. Did you talk to your vet about this? He/she would probably be able to tell you for sure.
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