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post #1 of 9 Old 07-13-2008, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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New foal, wont drink!

Ok well i know someone whos mare had a baby boy. But the mare has an infection from giving birth, and is being treated, and might not make it. She is also running low on milk.
They cant seem to get the foal to drink from the bottle. I suggested hunny on fingers, then on bottle. So i will see if that works.
Do you have any other tips or secrets to get them to drink. Other wise they are going to use a serge or something that the vet will have to do.
and please pray that mare makes it.
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-13-2008, 03:51 PM
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Oh dear that doesnt sound good. I have no advice for taking the bottle but I will say a prayer for them :(
You might ask a vet about the honey, I know they don't recommend it for human babys maybe corn syrup or molassas might work better.

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thankyou so much im going to suggest that.
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-14-2008, 02:00 AM
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Oh that is terrible. Don't forget the vet will probably have some tips on how to do it.

Don't use a bottle and start him on a bucket(that is what our one vet 20 years ago said for an orphan we had and still have. we stick to the method and have done well with it). It is easier to get him to try the milk, and if he has trouble learning how to suck from a bucket, you can stick your fingers in and try to get him to suck on them while they are in the milk.

We had one mare who would not produce milk for the first week or so and we had to bucket feed the babies until she could support them. It sucks. At least we didn't have any waste. The mother got a taste for Foal-lac and would try to nudge the foal out of the way to get in the bucket.

Good luck and I hope all turns out well.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-14-2008, 12:22 PM
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Aww :( I'm sorry to hear that! I hope the honey works.
But yeah, they should ask the vet for more help/advice.
I hope she drinks!

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Thank you everyone. They used molases (sp) and it worked. The foal drink till the flavor was gone then spit out the milk, she told me. lol. there mare is fine, and will be home soon.
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Aww yay, I'm glad it worked!!!

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post #8 of 9 Old 07-14-2008, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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yea me too. i was really worried about it. Another one of my friends mares died after giving birth. and i dont think i could have handle two.
here is the link to my other friends foal. she is sleeping at the moment and looks so cute!
im happy that the foal is doing good. her name is asia.
and that the other foal is gettting his mom back.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-15-2008, 01:59 AM
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Glad to hear things worked out. Years ago at the old barn I boarded at, a broodmare passed away days after giving birth to a filly. We had to feed her every couple of hours every day for a few months.

We tried to use a surrogate mare but she wanted nothing to do with her. Had to feed the broodmare and hold a broomstick in front of her hind legs so she wouldnt kick. We ended up sending the mare back as it was just to dangerous as a long term solution. We ended up bottle feeding the foal.

Very tiring but things turned out well. She had a baby goat as a friend. It was great.

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