Today (3/18/12) my family aquired yet another Bashkir Curly horse. This horse is older, though, and is pregnant. After this foal we plan on ending her career as a broodmare and giving her a job and a purpose. This mare has been pasture bred for years, and probably hasn't had much in the way of extra mare care. She isn't really on the thin side, but she has spots that could be filled out more. I am not going to spend millions of dollars on unnessisary things, but I just want to know what things I should be doing. But the owners did right by letting her go. They were happy that I took good care of Scarlet, another horse from them, that they really trusted me with Tenakee. We will have the vet come look at her for the whole spring vaccination deal and get on some sort of game plan. The ferrier is also coming out on the end of the month to get her far overgrown hooves trimmed.
The owners told me that she is due for around September? That wonderful pasture breeding schedule is difficult so I have no idea the exact date. Also, she had a colt on her when we picked her up. (It was over 7 months old and was nearly as big as she is. So plenty due to be weaned.) It is strange because she looks like a boat and is leaking milk quite often. A few people have already suggested that she is days away from foaling, obviously not true because I don't think they would be that far off.
But back to the point, any help in the form of suggestions and what-not-to-do's or even the better sucess stories and what-to-do's. I am new and am going to be a wreck about all of my horses all the time. My parents do have experience with delivering calves and my mom with dogs, so we are not diving in entirely blind. We get the standard procedures, but cows and dogs are a bit different from your average horse.
Tenakee (Dam): Curly Horse Database Pedigree
Buddy (Sire): Curly Horse Database Pedigree
Please no bashing on the breeding. It is all said and done, and the people we got her from had good intentions and are trying to sell their herd to people who will take care of them. I am going to get her checked out by the vet and she will be soon UTD with vaccinations/ferrier, so by no means am I trying to take shortcuts.
Pictures will be posted later. ;)