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post #1 of 16 Old 03-18-2012, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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I Need Advice On Broodmare Care

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 farrier 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. ;)
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-19-2012, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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She looks way further along than due in September.

Your best bet, is to have a vet come out and assess her and get you an estimate based on palpation/ultrasound on how far along she is. I'd bet she's due probably between now, and May.

Do you see her bagging up at all? It's hard to tell, but she looks like she may have a bag going on. But there are a bunch of white hairs in the pictures so I can't really tell. Can you get upclose shots of her boobies?

Her butt looks funky, but do you notice it being extra jiggly when you touch it? (Along side the tail-head)

ETA: I like her bloodlines. She's nicely bred. Do you know who the sire of the baby is?
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Holy cow, just from looking at her, I would say that she will have the baby long before september. She's freaking HUGE. LOL.

When we brought Bessie home, she was about 10 months preggo (pasture bred with no prenatal care, like your mare). After being vetted just to make sure everything was in good shape with the baby and getting the vaccines she needed, we just put her in a big paddock with all the good hay she could eat. A couple of months later, we found her one morning with a beautiful, healthy colt at her side.

Your mare looks like such a sweetie and I look forward to pictures of the foal. I've never seen a curly foal before .

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I just saw that she is leaking milk...Ummm...Get ready for baby. Like, seriously. The previous owners don't know what they are talking about, September by butt. It's going to be soon, Probably within the week or so.

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I am with CLaPorte432 she is soon there is no way that she is just 4 or 5 months along and look at her butt muscles. Also if she is leaking you need to have some colostrum on hand now just in case. If they leak they could leak all their colostrum out. Good luck. Do you have a place ready for her to foal?

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I think she said in the Baby bumps thread that she still had a foal on her when she arrived, so she's not dried up from her previous foal? But I would agree that she is definitely due before September.
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I'm no expert, but the leaking milk may have something to do with the 7 month old foal that was just weaned as well and may not be a definitive indicator of a baby on the way so soon.
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Oh, she is sweet looking-Curlies are quite nice usually, now if her foal was 7 months old, she can't be ready to foal again, since he was born last August, right? I get July for the earliest if the other facts are right. But,w/pasture breeding & maybe the past owners being Overwhelmed?-Who knows? If he was still nursing,then she's still producing milk for him. That needs to stop so she can build up for the next foal-maybe the vet can help w/a suggestion about that. Good luck & please keep us posted. Is she broke to ride?
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IMHO.. she looks quite ready to go... though of course only the vet can tell you for sure.
You mentioned her colt was 7mths and nearly as big as her... are you sure he wasn't older like closer to a yearling. Maybe the previous owners were a bit confused or got dates mixed up.
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