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        02-07-2012, 09:51 PM
    Ok. Well I just changed the brand of her feed to breeder pellots instead of normal pellots but about 2 months ago I have been slowely increasing it. That is what the first vet said to do but now with this I am not so sure... When we first found out she was getting her normal amount of feed which is 2 scoops of lucent and chaff and 1 scoop of pellots morning and night. She also has her coat taken of morning and night and brushed about once every 1-2 days. She has been getting light excersise too. I had to stop riding her when I had a huge fall of her and had bad injuries. I tried to ride her again about 2 months ago but she seemed in pain when I did up the girth and as soon as I moved my legs near her stomach (I hadn't even kicked for her to move I just moved them to put them in the stirrups) she almost went through the fence. She is a really well behaved horse and has never done anything like that before so I thought that it must hurt her for me to ride so I stopped riding and just did light lunging. The vet that I got out was supposed to be a equine vet that specialised in reproduction but I am not so sure. One more question, which type of hay do I put down in the stall?
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        02-07-2012, 11:59 PM
    [QUOTE=which type of hay do I put down in the stall?[/QUOTE]
    Use GOOD Straw if you can find it. Hay works also but straw is the best. The difference is Straw is comprised of mostly stalks of plants, so will contain very small amounts of seeds. While Hay is the grasses and tops so will contain lots more "Stuff". From what I understand their is just a bigger chance of Hay containing things that could be irratating or harmfull to a newborn foal. Whatever you use be sure that it is not dusty, because that is the number one "problem causer".
        02-08-2012, 08:02 AM
    Just to add, feed should be weighed, not "by the scoop." Feeds are designed to be fed in certain amounts. Those amounts are by weight. Get a scale and weigh out what you are feeding her. Also, most feeds weigh different amounts. What two scoops weighs in one feed can weigh a completely different amount in another feed.
        02-12-2012, 06:14 AM
    Thanks for the replies. Also thanks for that tip about the feed. I will start weighing it right away :) Just saw my mare today and not so much has changed. Felt the foal kick but it wasnt very hard. I will have the stall fully ready to go by the end of this week so that's good:)

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