Pregnant mare. My first foal. HELP?

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    06-06-2011, 06:00 PM
Exclamation Pregnant mare. My first foal. HELP?

My mare, Gracie, is about 9-10 months pregnant. I purchased her about a month ago- not knowing of her foal-to-be. What do I need to know and do? Any tips about foals/foaling will be greatly appreciated. I have never had a foal before although my instructor has had a bunch. She's going to help me alot- but I still would appreciate tips. :) Thank-you!
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    06-06-2011, 06:15 PM
You need to get a vet on board, ASAP. Also pick up the book, Blessed Are The Broodmares. Make sure you read it cover to cover.

If you only bought the mare a month ago and didn't know she was in foal, I doubt seriously that she's had any proper prenatal care.

Also, that is going to be a very, very late foal, which could cause problems for the youngster come winter. What idiot deliberately breeds a mare to foal in August?
    06-06-2011, 06:25 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
You need to get a vet on board, ASAP. Also pick up the book, Blessed Are The Broodmares. Make sure you read it cover to cover.

If you only bought the mare a month ago and didn't know she was in foal, I doubt seriously that she's had any proper prenatal care.

Also, that is going to be a very, very late foal, which could cause problems for the youngster come winter. What idiot deliberately breeds a mare to foal in August?
There was a change actually. The vet said she would probably foal in july. I didn't breed the mare, so i'm not the idiot who did haha. I know they make foal blankets and in South Carolina we have realitivley warm winters. What else shall I for the welfare of my mare and foal?
    06-06-2011, 06:37 PM
Yes, I know you didn't breed the mare, since you stated you just purchased her a month ago.

If she's 10 months along now, she'll probably go over into August. The majority of mares go almost 12 months, although the stated gestation time is 11 months.

If you have a vet on board, that's good. You should have received instructions from him/her on what to feed a pregnant mare. I hope you haven't been feeding her any fescue, as that could result in birth defects or a stillbirth.

I'm in south central VA and it still gets cold enough that someone I know lost a foal last winter. If they're too small going into winter, they can't maintain their body heat even with a blanket. They're also more prone to colic and illness if they're late born and small going into winter.

Really, if your BO/trainer has experience with foals, they should already know all of this.

As I said, buy the book and read it. It will give you a good idea of what you're up against, what can go wrong, and how to deal with certain issues.
    06-06-2011, 06:43 PM
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SR has the right idea with her book suggestions. There are a million things to tell you about that would take pages and pages of typing, but why bother when that very well written book gives you a very heads up view of everything you could be up against?

Since you already have an experienced person on hand and a vet working with you and your mare, those are the main two suggestions I would make. Read the book SR suggests and I wish you the best of luck, can't wait to see foal pictures!
    06-06-2011, 07:19 PM
What kind of facilities do you have? When I had my filly Sasha, it was in January! It was an accidental breeding. Luckily my trainer / friend had a barn that had doors that would close. I took her to my friends. It was pretty cold the night she was born. We made sure we had lots of towls and rubbed her down drying her off after she was born. A few days later there was snow on the ground. My filly was fine, we even let her play in the snow a little bit. She was in a closed barn for the first few weeks though. She did fine, made sure she had thick straw bedding. I'm not familiar with your weather out there, but being born in July I think it will be fine. If you have bad weather and no decent shelter, I would suggest boarding her at a local barn or a friends or something in a stall with thick straw bedding. (This is assuming you don't have this available already?) Also, another thing about foaling. They are usually born later at night/early morning. --At least this is what I've always heard and experienced. My mare had Sasha at 11:45pm. My friends mare had her foal at like 2am? Not saying it couldn't happen in the day though. Indyhorse is right, there is SOO much we could tell you. Get a book and ask your vet any and all questions you can. Good luck! Please keep us updated! Are you planning on keeping the foal?
    06-08-2011, 10:47 PM
I have a barn- but it's not completley inclosed. We feed coastal hay andwe're going to get grain soon.
    06-09-2011, 01:56 AM
My first-ever foal was born in July of last year. And my friend bought a mare from the same place, and her foal was born in August. We have pretty cold winters and they did fine.

They did have access to a run-in shed, and plenty of hay. But we didn't have to blanket or anything, and we get snow. And believe me, I am a worrier! If there is something to worry about, I will find it.

Yes, get a good book or two to read in the meantime. Blessed are the Broodmares is good, but to me it read more like a novel than something you could turn to in an emergency. I found specific information was hard to locate sometimes. I really like this one, because even though (thank goodness) I didn't have an emergency, I felt this one gave you good info in case you had one:
If I could only have bought one book in preparation for a foal, that would be the one I thought was the best.

This one below is a nice little book too, as it talked about what to do in the months after your foal is born. It's not as detailed as Blessed are the Broodmares or The Complete Book of Foaling. But it has a lot of nice pictures and is a good beginner's book that I enjoyed reading.

    06-09-2011, 02:13 AM
Very first thing I would do is talk to your vet about organising her vaccinations. During pregnancy a mare should be vaccinated (the type of vaccinations vary depending on where you live) usually at 5,7 and 9 months and then several boosters given 30 days before she's due. If you don't know her vaccination history talk to your vet about the safest way to get her up to date quickly.
    06-09-2011, 10:45 AM
I have heard the Blessed Are the Broodmares has some really excellent information, but that you should not rely at all on the nutritional section. The book is very outdated in that respect.

Good luck!

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