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    12-02-2009, 12:01 PM
Green Broke
Haha I am a worried mother this my first foal and pregnant mare so i'm excited and I want everything to be perfect and done right with no problems lol. I am defiantly going to look into some books for christmas. And you are the first person to suggest a foal blanket. What kind of feed, and mare feed do you feed her? And will she be ok eating grass in a pasture? Idk if it's fescue grass or what kind of grass it is. But our hay is fescue so I know we are definitely buying her orchid or timothy hay for her. The previous owners just said they woke up the next day and there was the foal. But I kinda want to do some imprinting if I can. If not then oh well when should I worm her with the safe guard?
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    12-02-2009, 12:12 PM
Green Broke
Hey, the place I boarded my horses at was nothing but grass. I don't know what kind of grass it was. I would change your hay you feed tho. You can get mare/foal feed from a feed store. Make sure you up her protein. That is really important. I know how you feel about the imprinting. My mare foaled about 8pm on a rainy nite and I couldnt do much imprinting. I made sure my mare passed her placenta and the bag completely, maybe held the baby for 5 min. ?? And left. Came back the next day and hung around the mare and sat on the ground for the baby to come and investigate me. It took probably about a week before I was able to have the baby trust me but I didnt want to rush it. After that I did alot of holding and rubbing and desensitizing. This baby now is so used to touch and feet being done that she will be a breeze to train later. Just give him/her time to learn you and don't sneek around him/her. I would go right up to the mare and brush her and give her snacks so the baby would see I wasnt a bad thing. Curiosity eventually took over. Just have fun with it. I would also say. Really get this mare used to you and trust you before she foals. Spend as much time with her as you can. Even if you don't ride her take her for walks, let her have grass on the outside, do whatever to make her trust you. That will also help when the baby comes. If she shys from you the baby will too.
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    12-02-2009, 12:24 PM
Green Broke
Extremely cute baby!!! Yeah I definitely plan on working with the mare and exercising her and such so she is fit and healthy for the foaling!! I don't mind if it is raining although it'll be cold i'd be to excited to carea bout the rain lol I think right now we are feeding 10% sweet feet called Bartlot or pasture horse or something along those lines the mare/foal feeds do I offer some to the baby after he/she is born? Or just feed it to the mom while she is pregnant? And once the baby is born should I instantly drop back down on her feeding or slowly reduce her food intake back to normal?
    12-02-2009, 12:43 PM
Green Broke
Your too funny. Just don't interfere with the mother/baby bonding process. Let that happen before you go ahead with imprinting. You will have plenty of time for that. As for the feed.... work her up from one scoop for 3 days then one and a half for 3 days up to 2 and so on but keep your mare at 3 scoops until that baby is weaned. She will need all she can get to keep herself in optimal shape for her and her baby. As for the baby, that baby will only want to suckle on mom for awhile. Eventually the baby will test out what mom is eating. Now I will say... have a couple of fleet enemas handy. My baby had the roughest time passing stool a week later. Because she wasnt used to the roughage she was testing and it got stuck. I had to have a vet out to help her pass it. A little scary. But other than that the baby just tests everything out.
    12-02-2009, 12:48 PM
Green Broke
Lol I don't think i'm going to be useful at all during the foaling. I'm going to be one of those people running around like a chicken with it's head cut off lol so keep feeding her 3 scoops of mare and foal feed untill the baby is at least 6 months old. Although they said they usually weaned her babies at 4 months. our scoop is a 2 qt scoop so that's 6 qts a day of mare/foal feed? Wow she is going to be a lil fatty! Ok another strange question... while she is pregnant is it ok to put her with the other horses? They've never met her before so their may be some kicking and biting is that ok? And what about after the baby is born? Is it ok to put them both with the other horses?? What if they pick on the baby? Idk this just strikes me as odd because when I introduced the little paint to our herd my horses flipped out because he was spotted and small.. they didn't know what to think.
    12-02-2009, 01:02 PM
Green Broke
I would be extremely careful putting her in with other horses. I had the mare seperated from my other two mares for almost two weeks. They could only talk over the fence. After the two weeks and I felt they were ok with each other is when I put them all together. You need to find out who the dominant animal is in the herd. As for putting the mare and the baby in the herd... slowly. The mare will protect her baby but if you have a dominant horse/ mare that mare could try to take her baby from her. There could be some implications to this. I made sure that the baby was strong enough (?? 3-4wks old) before I put them all together. We had at the time 10 mares. So I first put a less dominant mare in with mom and baby and she eventually became the auntie and then added another lower ranking mare under the one I added. I did this in a two week interval. You just have to watch the attitudes/and read them to be able to understand who can be mixed,eventuallyiwas able to have all of them together and the other mares instinctivley knew she was a baby and were pretty gentle with her. But she learned herd dynamics and was just fine.
    12-02-2009, 01:21 PM
Green Broke
Ok well as of right now we have my Mustang mare who was the lead mare of the "herd" she is an inch shy of 14 hands. She will run people off but isn't usually kicky but can be if needed.

Then we have a quarter horse mare who will protect herself and isn't usually aggressive unless someone is mean to her first. She will kick if need be

Then we recently got a TWH gelding who is becomming herd leader and IS aggressive at times (i think he is just learning the ropes of being leader...) he tries to run everyone away from their feed. And he HAS to be fed first because he wont let anyone else in their stalls. He always runs them off.

And a (we think to be young) paint he is about 11-12 hands and pretty small I think he is either pony or only a year old or so. He is pretty sweet unless he is eating his feed . Then he has a major attitude. He usually keeps to himself away from the other 3 and isn't aggressive acting unless someone is aggressive to him first.

Should the paint be the first one to put in with her? The QH and Mustang are buddy sour to each other. So if one goes the other has to how would we go about this. And here are some pictures

The black horse is the huge TWH gelding
The bay is my moms quarter horse
And the white one is my mustang
And the paint is the paint lol
The QH and the paint are next to my mom for size references and my mom is 4'11 if that says anything.
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    12-02-2009, 01:42 PM
Green Broke
You will have to find out when your new mare gets home who is really bossy. I would have them seperated at first. I definetly wouldnt put a gelding in with her. Most geldings and mares do not get along very well. And a gelding might try to kill the baby. Just be very careful. I would put your youngest in first. Only because your new mare will know that he is young. They will fight initially. Just make sure your new mare is able to get enough food without being chased off. This probably would be a hard thing for me to figure out. Only wait and see how they react to each other over the fence for a couple of weeks before putting any of them in with her.
    12-02-2009, 01:44 PM
Green Broke
Is this the pasture she would be in? The grass is really short and shouldnt hurt the new horse a bit.
    12-02-2009, 01:50 PM
Green Broke
Well no she will be in the bottom pasture but the grass is about the same. Would taking the baby and the new mare snowflake on leads outside of both pastures and introducing them work? That way we have some control over the situation? And she will get plenty of feed. We always stand and keep the horses back till each one finish. So that is part of our feeding routine. So the mom and baby definitely should not be put with the gelding?? Haha that's going to pose a problem... because the land isn't ours. We are using it and the TWH gelding is the owner of the land. Although he is the newest horse to the herd. And also the paint is a gelding as well. And I asked about snowflakes temperment and they said she usually keeps to herself but does protect herself when necessary.

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