Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
I agree with PP. Why do you think she is not making enough for the foal? Is baby peeing/pooping regularly? When baby is new she will have engorgement and huge, tight looking bags. As her supply regulates to suit the foals needs (foal controlls this, just like a human baby does with mommy!) her udders will look quite a bit smaller and not at all tight. If the foal is constantly pulling off and then re-latching and bumping her udders with her nose/head, that may be a sign that she is not producing enough. It's not all that common for a mare to not produce enough.
Does this mare have accesss to iodized salt? I understand that she is not on any concentrates, but maybe consider giving her a ration balancer such as Purina Equilizer or Masterfeeds Finishing Touch. You only have to give 200grams 2X daily and it contains all the salt and vital minerals your mare may be lacking if she is indeed having issues with production.
If you are very concerned, please call a vet to have things checked out. There are also some natural herbal options you can look into to increase production that DO work. I would look into natural ways to increase production on the mare before looking to supplement. There realy is no supplement that is on par with mama`s milk - it is perfectly made just for the baby and contains wonderful antibodies etc that are so important to a little one.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork