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        07-03-2010, 06:36 PM
    Originally Posted by Katana    
    They don't generally get infections after foaling because the foal is suckling all the time so therefore any foreign body that goes up there is milked out.I know with the dairy cows it is a big risk - thinking about it though I guess the risk is great because their teats are closer to the ground.Ive always just been on foal watch with ours though. We did use an alarm last year but it went off more times as a false alarm than I was impressed with LOL
    I've always wondered how these work?
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        07-03-2010, 06:45 PM
    Apparently they have a sensor inside the unit which is attached to the bottom of the halter (generally between the clip ring & the throat latch). When the mare lays on her side the alarm is sounded. I have had mares foal standing up though with out goign down at all so Im not really convinced that they are all that great BUT I do know people that swear by them. Im glad I hired the one I used rather than bough it though.
        07-03-2010, 07:35 PM
    Hmm.. pregnant mares lay down a lot when they're close.. but not necessarily that close... Maybe with all this technology they can make something that detects contractions x)
        07-04-2010, 12:10 PM
    Green Broke
    There is also an alarm that attaches at the vulva. That can tell when a foot comes. It's not very helpful if you don't live cloes though. It will alarm when "something" comes out of the vulva which is usually the sac at first. And I also believe there is another alarm that goes around the "waist" of the horses which is right where the cinch goes. And I believe that one also detects when it lays down as well.
        07-04-2010, 12:44 PM
    They all have good points and bad points. Not all mares will lie down to foal, and anytime they lie down it'll set off the alarm of the ones on the halter. For the one sewn in the vulva, that doesn't go off if there's a red bag. If you have a camera but aren't watching it, that's no good, either.

    All are great but should not be relied on 100%. I LOVE having a camera, especially on marestare, and won't foal without one. I also have a Breeder Alert, the one for the halter/lie down, that I use when I'm home sleeping (along with having the cam on so when it goes off and wakes me I can open my eyes and see the cam, and I have people watching on marestare to wake me too, all added together work pretty well).
        07-04-2010, 09:36 PM
    Rain is here - but how can I get moma to gain weight?

    I know some of the pix I posted earlier in the thread caused more than a little concern - please - no one send the sheriff out again! (That was a bit disconcerting)

    Truth be told, we had just come back from a two week vacation. Daughter was supposed to stay home and take care of the animals, but at the last minute, she and her family decided to come along. She had a "friend" who lived nearby agree to feed all the animals, and gave her a list of who gets what.

    When we got home, we learned that "friend" had headed for Texas, leaving all her kids behind with her mother. Her mother isn't young, was was terrified of the horses. She watered them, but once they dragged their feed buckets beyond her reach, she didn't feed them any more because she was afraid to go in the pen with them. So, basically, the only animals that got fed were the chickens and the goats. It's amazing how quickly a horse can lose weight. I'm just glad it wasn't any worse.

    Needless to say, the other horses are regaining their weight, but Dancer is nursing her new baby, and although it's been less than a week, she doesn't appear to be gaining anything. This begs the question: What the heck to feed her so she's gain weight while nursing a foal?

    She gets soaked beet pulp and alfafla pellets, along with a pelleted feed called "Paddock" that is produced locally. It's a 14% forage based feed with lots of vitamins and minerals. She's feed twice a day, with a Paddock "snack" for lunch. She frequently doesn't finish all her feed. Guess it's pretty boring, our other horses don't always eat it all, either. Fortunately, although Dancer doesn't appear to have gained any weight, Rain is looking pretty good!

    Dancer on 06/19/10, nine days before foaling:

    Dancer on 06/28/10, 12 hours after foaling:

    Dances with Rain 12 hours after foaling:

    Dancer and Rain today:

    Rain today (just for kicks):
    Note the black creeping up her legs - and get a load of those EARS!

    Any recommendations on putting weight on Dancer would be greatly appreciated!
        07-04-2010, 09:43 PM
    Just keep feeding her. You did deworm her correct? If so and she is getting all she can eat, I would just give her some time. Since she is nursing, her nutrients are all going to the baby first and she gets the leftovers. It will take her some time to build back up. You might change the rations around just a little bit, try a little less paddock and more alfalfa perhaps? But then again, I am a huge advocate for alfalfa .

    Boy you just have the worst luck going on vacation . Rain looks fantastic though. If her shoulder angle stays the same, she ought to be a smooth travelling mare when she's grown.
        07-04-2010, 09:59 PM
    Yes, she did get de-wormed just a few days before foaling. I guess I'm just being impatient. The other horses are showing more signs of weight gain than she is, but you're right - baby gets fed first.

    Rain is built just like her momma - and momma just floats along. I was afraid she got her momma's head, but now it looks more like she got her daddy's - and his head is just about the only good thing about him, other than his temperment.

    My older daughter - the one who will take Rain when she's ready to wean, is ecstatic. Liz loves the way Dancer is built (except for her head) and when Dancer decides to gait out - you can ride her for hours and neither one of you get tired! We sure hope Rain doesn't get as tall as her daddy - we want her to stay no taller than her momma. Liz has lupus, and mounting a tall horse is a bit difficult for her.
        07-05-2010, 01:43 AM
    Even though she is skinny she has one hell of a shine on her coat which suggests she is healthy & definitely not lacking, she will pick up her weight. Oil is a good way to fatten her up you could work up to about 1/4 of a cup in her feeds.

    Di you guys have steam flaked barley over there? Or Copra?
        07-05-2010, 01:52 AM
    Got a baby on my end!

    About three days old :] What do you guys think of the name Little Silver? It's what I've been calling the little squirt till we decided on a name, but I've grown quite fond of it lol

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