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    01-03-2013, 10:02 PM
Thank you! Im feeding her mare/foal pellets mixed with 11% and alfalfa pellets. I'll try some flax tomorrow when I go to the feed store. Is that annie in your profile photo?
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    01-03-2013, 10:11 PM
Originally Posted by Sherripohlman    
Hello, in August I purchased my appaloosa horse Cherokee. I recently found out she is in face pregnant. I don't know the exact due date, the lady I purchased Cherokee from said she was most likely bred between March and April. Needless to say she's been on a mix of Timothy, Alfalfa, and...Fescue. I'm not sure if it's long or short Fescue. I've been searching all over for anything that doesn't have Fescue but have been coming up short. I've picked up Alfalfa pellets from the local feed store but I've heard straight Alfalfa isn't good for the horse either. I could really use some advice. I'm so excited to have a new foal, but also wake up in the middle of the night worried.
Make sure she's totally off pasture as of now, you're very close to the 90 day window. A friend of mine lives in MO and lost 3 foals to problems from the fescue there. I wouldn't feed any local hay, she bought grass hay she was told was fescue free and it wasn't. I'd be feeding alfalfa cubes, mare & foal (I like Omolene 300), and some timothy pellets, from now until she's foaled safely. You want her on 16% protein minimum for milk production.

We have fescue down here too, so I pull all my mares off pasture into a dry lot from 90 days on, sometimes earlier. More research is being done and it may end up that we need to keep them off the fescue from the time we know we're going to be breeding them. New studies are showing earlier problems than they first thought.
    01-04-2013, 02:01 AM
Originally Posted by Sherripohlman    
I had her examined a couple weeks ago and she is definitely pregnant but they didn't give me a date. As for advice they said no fescue starting in January. :-/
You may also need to decide early where she'll foal out and who will be part of your delivery team. :)
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    01-04-2013, 07:24 AM
If you are having a hard time replacing fescue, talk to your vet about Equidone. It's a prescription and a bit pricey, but neutralizes the toxicity in tall fescue.
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    01-04-2013, 09:22 AM
Pretty Mare. Is this your first foal?
    01-04-2013, 09:55 AM
Thank you! Yes this is my first foal. While I'm super excited I'll be glad when it's over and everything has gone smoothly. I've got a team ready for the foal to arrive, and I'll have a little "foaling" kit prepared but I'm still nervous for Cherokee and her little one.
    01-04-2013, 01:53 PM
You'll need a vet too so she can check that all the placenta has passed and your mare has no internal tear.
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    01-04-2013, 01:56 PM
Ill have the vet on call as well. Thank you.
    01-04-2013, 02:11 PM
Domperidone (Equidone) can be given but there are side effects including premature birth and low birth weight. Better to avoid the fescue if you can. It's also very expensive. I had a mare who didn't produce a lot of milk and we used it on her, only back then you gave injections not gel, and we called it Dom Perignon because it ran $120/shot back then. I see the gel can be gotten for around $50/5 dose tube, so it's gotten better but when you have to provide 3 or 4 tubes of the stuff, it's still pricey.
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    01-04-2013, 03:15 PM
I'm going to put her in the dry lot and keep searching for fescue free hay.
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