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post #1 of 125 Old 03-03-2012, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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GALAXY... and some mustang questions

I was not sure if this should go in training, or breeding... So my apologies in advance if I blundered. I have been making a lot of headway with my BLM mare Galaxy. I can groom her, she leads and ties. I can pick up and pick out her feet. I feel confidant that a farrier could come and trim her up. I have put a saddle pad/saddle up on her a couple of times. It was no big deal to her.

My question is, since she is defiantly starting to look rounder to me (might be my imagination), should I have the vet out to palpitate her? I don't know when it is safe to involve someone with my wild horse. I rather like my vet, and I don't know what kind of protocol (if there is one) applies to this particular case. Thanks for any input, as usual.

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post #2 of 125 Old 03-03-2012, 10:02 PM
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How long have you had her for?
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I got her the first part of January.
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I would go ahead and have the vet check her just to be on the safe side. It may be nothing more than her just getting a bit of a pot belly from the sudden availability of good food, or she could be carrying. I'm unsure of how they house the 'stangs in the holding pens so it may be possible that she was exposed to a stally in there.

Even though she's getting better about being handled, you might suggest that the vet sedate her to do the check...prevent him/her from getting kicked.

I am also anxious to see what color she'll shed out to this summer, I am still so fascinated by her coat.

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They separated the mares and stallions, but she was recently captured. I guess I will call my vet and see if she will do it.

I am also really excited to see her summer coat. I think she is so pretty and unique. I hope that the shorter coat will make the spots sharper. I have come to the conclusion that with an appy anything can happen though.
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she's got quite a belly going on. Has she been dewormed? Do you know the type/cutting/quality of hay she's eating? If it has a lower nutritional value, that can cause a "hay belly"

I do think having a vet out to take a look at her would be best. And sedating her would be the best option. She has come a long ways but she will probably act differently to someone she doesn't know and get super stressed out.

She has a gorgeous color! How old is she again? 2?
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I believe the blm said they de-wormed her when they gave her vaccines and branded her right before I picked her up. I've played with her mouth and lips, but I haven't tried to shove wormer in there. I am free feeding Timothy hay, and throwing in a flake of alfalfa in the morning. The blm said she was three. Will sedation hurt the foal if she is pregnant?
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I'd have the vet run a fecal test to see if she has worms/eggs. She could and that way you know exactly what to use to treat. Say she had tapeworms, Ivermectin will take care of that, while pyrantal won't. So if they used pyrantal, she didn't get the correct type of dewormer. Hopefully they covered their bases and treated for everything, but if she had a bad infestation, it's possible not all were killed off and then they started to reproduce again and now you have a big belly.

I don't think sedation will hurt the baby if there is one, but I'd ask the vet first and see what they recommend doing.

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If she was bred she will be foaling soon the mustangs around here foal at this time of the year. Was she a local mustang, Virgina Range or did she come from somewhere else. Can you see if she is bagging up? She is getting thick, compared to the pictures you posted when you first got her.
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I reckon I could check. Seems like a bad place to stick my head however. She has never offered to kick... But if... Ouch.

Maybe a vehicle inspection mirror? Lol

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