Originally Posted by Indyhorse
Way way off topic but I just had to comment, because my 6 year old says the exact same thing! Is that in an ad somewhere? I don't know where he picked it up.
From a personal point of view - since the baby was potentially out of the pen for an unknown quantity of time, and assuming because he possibly failed to get the colostrum in the "critical" first six hours (if he was born at 10 pm like you guessed, and you didn't bottle feed him until you found him the next morning right?) I would still get levels tested to be on the safe side. Add to the fact with the short time period from when you brought the mare home to her foaling date I'm guessing there wasn't time to update vaccs in that period, so I would think it's a safe bet the mare isn't great on the antibodies scale anyways. Chances are he's probably fine, but since you bought the preggo mare specifically because you had some emotion invested in raising a second foal, I wouldn't take the chance.
Well, I see what ur saying, but I fed at 8:30 pm and she had not foaled... I checked her bag and vulva, she was close... but nothing protruding or gaping yet. I found him at 12:30am... so it had been about 4 hours between the time I fed her and the time I found him... as for vaccinations, I brought her home almost 3 weeks ago. The day I brought her home I vaccinated her, just because since I didnt give them to her before, I wanted to be sure, but he said she had been (he also showed me his grey /qh stud that was supposedly "daddy", but baby looks arabian headed to me:)), but like I said, better safe than sorry so I popped her again, and wormed her.
Also, does anyone have any experience with using the diatomaceous (SP?) earth (food grade) for worming, parasites, fly control, etc.. I have just recently started using it and would like more opinions before giving it to my mares and babies.