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post #1 of 20 Old 03-08-2014, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Mare is 8 months pregnant

I'm new to the forum! And I'm hoping to get some advice from all you horse owners out there :) I own a Friesian X Quarter Horse mare who I bred to a Friesian stallion back in July 2013. She is just now starting to show signs of being pregnant (I'm really the only one who notices because she is very narrow-- not so much anymore LOL). Anyways, this is my first time breeding and I'm starting to stress out about her feed and her due date

Right now she is on an alfalfa/bermuda grass hay diet. Has been on it all her life. I know that fescue grass is harmful to pregnant mares but is there any chance that it could possibly be mixed in with my Bermuda? I'm probably being overly paranoid but I don't want to take any chances! She also gets half a scoop of integrity senior/ O&M morning and night with her Mare Plus supplement.

She gets worked at least 3 times a week. I've been trying to keep her in shape but I think now I'm going to have to lighten the load as her endurance is starting to slow down.

She has gotten her 5 and 7 month shots and I also want to know what you guys recommend about her receiving her annual shots before she foals. I've heard so many different opinions on this.

Thank you in advance! Also, I'm planning on keeping the baby for myself

And just for fun what do you guys think the foals color might be? My mare is a Buttermilk Buckskin out of a Cremello dam and Black Friesian (obviously)
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-08-2014, 01:57 PM
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to tell you the truth, I am not knowledgeable about care for pregnant mares..but I just want to tell you that she is absolutely STUNNING and beautiful!!
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post #3 of 20 Old 03-08-2014, 04:21 PM
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I can't help on the shots and feeding things really, but as for color your possibilities are Black, Smokey Black, Bay or Buckskin. Basically even odds on any of those 4 really. Since she's buckskin there's a 50/50 shot of her passing on the cream dilute to the foal, making the smokey black or buckskin. And since she's obviously only got one copy of agouti (from her dam) that means there's a 50/50 shot on it too (making bay or buckskin, on this foal.)
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She is gorgeous. Very very pretty.

She should have her yearly shots at least 30 days prior to foaling. It's hard to tell because mares don't have a "due date" per say...so you'll just have to give them at 10 months-ish.

You'll want to have some banamine on hand for after she foals. It will ease her aching muscles after foaling. And you'll want to deworm her after foaling with Ivermectin.

Her milk won't come in for about 24-48 hours after foaling. Baby will get colostrum but her udder will be hard and it may be uncomfortable for her at first. I had to hold my maiden mare for a few times until she sacked it up and let her filly nurse. It hurts by golly! Banamine will help with that too. And when her milk comes in, her udder will be very soft and pliable.

Good luck! And please keep us posted!
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Now THAT is a Friesan cross that turned out right! Good luck with your lovely girl :)

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If she goes missing don't look in my barn XD! Amazing mare!
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I can't help on the shots and feeding things really, but as for color your possibilities are Black, Smokey Black, Bay or Buckskin. Basically even odds on any of those 4 really. Since she's buckskin there's a 50/50 shot of her passing on the cream dilute to the foal, making the smokey black or buckskin. And since she's obviously only got one copy of agouti (from her dam) that means there's a 50/50 shot on it too (making bay or buckskin, on this foal.)
Well, if this mare's dam was cremello, then that means this mare also has a red gene. If the Friesian stallion she was bred to also has a red gene, then we need to add chesnut and palomino to the ones you mentioned.
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post #8 of 20 Old 03-09-2014, 10:11 AM
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can you share more pictures of her? Im in looove
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Gorgeous mare! Any pictures of the stud?

I'm not terribly experienced, so some of the more seasoned breeders on here can probably tell you a little more, but I can share some information, based on my own experience.

I based my mare's feeding on her weight, because she gains weight very easily. She is at 313 days now and has been on a very strict diet because she is such an easy keeper. She would get about 20 lbs of timothy/alfalfa hay per day and then starting at month 8, 4 lbs of mare & foal feed. Basically, if you're feeding hay and supplementing with a broodmare ration, she's probably going to be in good shape. If she is losing condition, then you can increase her feed and vice versa if she's gaining too much weight. I've relaxed a little now on my mare's feeding regimen because I've noticed she's a little ribby and I'd like her to have a bit of a buffer, especially since now she is starting to develop an udder.

I wish I could answer your question about fescue. We don't really have bermuda hay up here (at least we don't call it that), so I don't really know that answer. Hopefully someone else can answer that question.
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JetDecks, on the topic of red, without knowing I'm assuming the stallion is EE as a majority of Friesians are. Considering from what we know, that Ee is less common in them it's a safe bet to assume he is most likely EE and therefore the foal could only be black based.
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