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post #11 of 17 Old 08-26-2013, 10:21 AM
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Did the vet do any blood work or any kinds of tests, or just decide its a pregnancy causing her to be thin?

Carrying a foal or nursing a foal is no excuse for a mare to be underweight. There is something else going on besides being pregnant and IMPO you should get a second opinion.
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post #12 of 17 Old 08-26-2013, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Chiilaa, I agree, but then the milk bags started filling so I didn't see any reason to doubt pregnancy. I am not suite that I an convinced that pregnancy alone explains the weight loss, but she eats well and the other 2 minis and 2 full size horses are great. In fact my mini stud is getting overweight since I changed to healthy edge!
I just waft to get her through the pregnancy so that done real test can be done. I dont know much of her history unfortunately.
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yes she did a panel? said blood gasses were normal and white count was good. Im not sure what elae she checked for. no other test just normal exam.
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Her bag got huge about 4 days ago and stayed that way. Night before last she started dripping milk. I got the test strips and last night her ph was 7.8 and Ca about 250. This morning her ph is 6.8 and Ca seems to be just under 1000. So it shouldn't be long now.
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post #15 of 17 Old 09-02-2013, 04:51 PM
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Wow, should be very soon.

Pour the feed into her once this baby hits the ground. Keep us posted!!!
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post #16 of 17 Old 09-02-2013, 05:05 PM
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Sometimes when a horse is pregnant and already malnourished, any nutrition poured into the mare goes directly to the foal, or so I've heard- and the mare really doesn't get much of it at all. As soon as that foal is born, up the mare's feed even more, and add some alfalfa to her diet. The worry with minis is usually them being too FAT, not thin, so I usually say not to feed alfalfa or high fat feeds, but it appears she is going to need it. Get her a flake of alfalfa (or 3-4 lbs of alfalfa pellets) a day if you can, and as much of the other hay you can stuff into her. A higher fat, higher protein feed for a short time might be a good idea as well.

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