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post #11 of 183 Old 02-22-2013, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Its a basic instinct. Id be worried if the foal didn't call to his mom. Every foal goes though separation anxiety.

How is your foal getting its nutrients? Did the mare let it nurse within the first couple hours? Im worried about it getting the colostrum. A mares' milk is vital to a new born foal. So many things can go wrong in this situation.
Agreed. And no, the first thing mom did when he was completely out of her was step on him. Literally: the VERY FIRST THING she did was intentionally stomp on him. So my parents have been providing him with a liquid formula even though it's not a TOTAL substitute.

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Aww poor little guy. :(
I know :( I feel so badly for him because he's the sweetest thing ever. He's very quiet for a newborn foal (except for when he's calling to mom).

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Please tell me its a colostrum formula.
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Please tell me its a colostrum formula.
It is; we've only needed to use it a few times amongst the dozens and dozens of foalings we've had in our stables. It's been a process getting him to drink from a bottle and he's still not entirely thrilled with the idea. Like I said, he wants his mommy
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There was another thread about the same thing within the last week, several ppl. talked about hobbling the mare or putting her in stocks so the baby can nurse. Obviously you can't do that for 6 months but someone said, once the baby nursed a few times mom liked him.

That baby is darling, take good care of him!!
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There was another thread about the same thing within the last week, several ppl. talked about hobbling the mare or putting her in stocks so the baby can nurse. Obviously you can't do that for 6 months but someone said, once the baby nursed a few times mom liked him.

That baby is darling, take good care of him!!
Aw thank you so much He's a sweetie.

Hmm...that's an interesting suggestion! I'm not sure how well it would work considering she won't let him get ANYWHERE NEAR her. Her eyes (and actions) tell me that she hates this awful thing that caused her so much pain. She shows absolutely NO SIGNS of wanting to be a mom to him; I'd go as far as to say she wouldn't hesitate to kill him if she had the chance.
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Oh and I will definitely keep y'all updated on how all of this is panning out since, obviously, it's not something with an overnight solution (or nothing that readily comes to mind, that is).

I will say that today, in particular, mom seemed really annoyed and just generally pissed off.

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OMG...that is heart wrenching....I hope this turns around...:(
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OMG...that is heart wrenching....I hope this turns around...:(
Awh thank you :) So do I. It's a bit hard for me to feel bitter towards the mare since I basically grew up with her and well, being a horse, it's hard to think that she's doing this out of pure spite towards her baby, but I definitely feel a bit more sympathetic towards the little guy.
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It is; we've only needed to use it a few times amongst the dozens and dozens of foalings we've had in our stables. It's been a process getting him to drink from a bottle and he's still not entirely thrilled with the idea. Like I said, he wants his mommy
You may want to try just a bucket for feeding ,know my baby I had to raise would not take the bottle,she only would drink from bucket its easier too
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Unfortunetly they can turn away a foal. I'm wondering if maybe she resents him because of the bad delivery since it was probably very painful being an hour. I would think there was more to a mare just rejecting it the instant it was out especially after three foals prior. Maybe there is something wrong that she smells? You had a vet out of check both of them out after birth right?

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