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        09-24-2010, 10:14 PM
    LOL that's the worst part of it.
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        09-26-2010, 12:36 AM
    Green Broke
    I've only had one mare foal, so I'm not much help either except that two days before my mare foaled, her milk turned white, like cow's milk. And the night before she foal she only nibbled at her hay. Obviously the not-eating thing isn't a good indicator for your mare, but I think the milk color IS a good indicator.

    Before my mare's milk turned white, it was just a clear-to-cloudy color. But when it was really, really white she foaled withing two days. Of course be careful because your mare may not appreciate being "milked" but my girl was fine with it. I got the milk color info. From a book, but there are also internet sites that tell you more about that. I didn't save the links since my mare already foaled or I would post them for you.

    The book I have, which is really awesome, is called "The Complete Book of Foaling" by Karen Hayes, DVM.
        09-26-2010, 11:03 PM
    Oh I am feeling your pain!! I have a mare we rescued a couple of months ago. There were over 30 horses rescued from this place and all the mares and stallions were in together. I know my mare is in foal but I have no idea when she was bred..

    I have gone through the bagging up, waxing over, belly dropping, nights of pawing/panting and rolling.. still to have no foal yet. I guess as they say she'll have it when she's good and ready to have it.. Most say it's when you're not looking or expecting it.. :o/ Good luck to you.. I can't wait to share baby pics with you!!

    Big granny hugzzz!!! LOL
        09-27-2010, 09:41 PM
    ITS A COLT!!! :) comes with a story though which I will tell later but for now, anyone have any hints on getting a foal to suckle from a bottle??
        09-27-2010, 10:05 PM
    Congratulations, I would love to see some pix when you have time. My best suggestion would be to milk from mom to fill the bottle if you can so you can get the colostrum. The way I would do it with calves was to just kinda force the nipple into their mouth and squirt some of the milk with my fingers while it was in their mouth. Normally it only took a few minutes of wrestling before they figured it out. I don't know if that works on foals or not though . Good luck.
        09-27-2010, 10:47 PM
    Yeah I have been milking mum and we also bought some colostrum from the local university. Plus I had a good foal starter milk mix with colostrum as well. He's getting stronger and stronger. Now we have figured out how to get him to suckle he's getting more fluids too. So at the moment is half hourly feeds until he starts suckling properly and eating a reasonable amount at a time :)

    His name is Spirit ;)
        09-27-2010, 10:51 PM
    Yay, congrats! Glad to hear he's doing well. How's mom doing?
        09-27-2010, 10:55 PM
    Shes fine lol she's wandering around eating like nothing ever happened. She held up well for a 17 year old with her maiden foal but the foal is undercooked that's why he can't get up. His front legs havent fused yet. Ill start a thread later and tell the story and put up some pics ;)
        09-27-2010, 10:56 PM
    Oh, no! . I am sending healing and growing vibes his way.
        09-27-2010, 10:57 PM
    I have to ask, why are feeding him from a bottle?? It is more natural and much more healthy for a sucking foal to nurse from their mother whenever they please. Unless your mare has a colostrum or milk deficiency I would definitely recommend him feeding from his mother. Also have you called your vet out yet to do a foal exam. Its very important you get that done within the first 48hrs. He will take a blood sample to check for any diseases that are currently unseen, listen to his lungs to make sure they are functioning properly, and all that good stuff.

    CONGRATS on your boy! Colts are SOOO much fun!

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