hi everyone, i'm with ever after horse rescue, and we rescued a mare from new holland last june. She was underweight and lame at the time, and we took her in and put weight on her and helped her get sound. Since then she's turned into quite the easy keeper in that she was getting fat fast, no sign of ribs, and since she's QH (or presumed to be - we know nothing for sure on the mare), we just assumed that she was like most QH, easy keepers.
Well she's still putting on weight, and we (fortunately) haven't cut her feed b/c we wanted to wait til the weather is warmer since she was quite skinny when she first came and we didn't want to "upset the apple cart" and bring ulcers back by changing feed midwinter. She had a bit of a hay belly, but n free choice round bales for the winter that's to be expected since she was not in work.
Then yesterday when changing blankets to sheets, her butt is quite saggy (though not bony) and her belly is in a completely different place - LOW and BACK. I went - uh oh...and looked underneath and sure enough she's bagging up. We are estimating 2 - 4 weeks until she foals out, but we need HELP! We HAVE foaled out horses before, but right now we're already fully in a tight spot with a new baby on the way and on top of it, found out ANOTHER rescue from new holland that's being fostered is ALSO preggers.
Can anyone help with donations of supplies and/or money? Our biggest concern for these two babies is that we have NO idea what the mares were bred to. In order to ensure we're ready, we need to split the fields to rearrange horses, which means more elec tape and insulators, and convert stalls to foaling stalls. Right now we have 1 foaling stall ready. The other one can foal out at the foster home but we need help for her as well as we're assuming that the mares very likely may need vet assistance in foaling, as well as follow up care from shots to mare and foal feed, etc.
If ANYONE can help, donations can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
or through our homepage at Welcome to Ever After Horse Rescue
. I'll be taking pictures shortly and will be tracking liv's progress, and the foster home is tracking the other mare's progress. And I will share on here. We're excited, but wary and want to do everything we can to give these two mares and foals a great life! Mares/foals will be up for adoption once healthy and weaned.
PLEASE help these girls and their babies!!! I'd love to have them and their babies have halos (our sponsorship program) by the time they foal out!!! We were not at ALL expecting this - but always know there's a chance with auction horses...