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post #11 of 134 Old 02-15-2010, 10:50 PM
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If you can find any safe way to increase her excercise it will be much better for her. Horses need to move around freely and pregnant mares especially need to move. Even if all you can do is handwalk her or get her moving on a longe line at a fast walk or a jog for 10-15 minutes a day it would help (you might have to work her up to that amount of time, if she has been confined and not excercising.) It can more difficult for a mare with edema to deliver their foal, and to nurse their foal, and they can be at greater risk for certain complications.

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post #12 of 134 Old 02-15-2010, 10:57 PM
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Several years ago an older mare I got was bred, the person I bought her from didnt bother to tell me about the extra package.. the mare was 20. Her milk veins got huge, alot bigger than your mares and I had my vet come out and check her. I had never seen any other mares milk veins get so huge. My vet is an old country vet, but I trust him.. He kinda chuckled and said she will be fine,, she needs exercise get her out and walk her .. I had her seperated from the other horses in a small paddock on the side of the barn. We walked and walked.. a couple weeks later she had a huge sack and a beautiful buckskin baby boy.. . If you have concerns get your vet out ..
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post #13 of 134 Old 02-17-2010, 12:52 AM
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I agree with others that it looks like edema and that some walking will do the girl good. Mares love to be sneaky- some bag up really early and some wait until the last possible second. See if you can't get her moving a little more and help get that edema eased up, it can't be comfortable to be that HUGE and also have swelling in the belly. Good luck, don't forget to post pics of the *baby!!!*
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post #14 of 134 Old 02-18-2010, 07:28 PM
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exercise is pretty important at this stage. But so is avoiding fescue. If you think she has gotten some fescue, then she might be closer to foaling than you think. If she is milkless from fescue, you might talk to your vet about domperidone. ( I always have to think about that name. I only remember it sounds like a champagne. Dom perignon. LOL)

I have had a few mares have huge veins like that, but I don't recall it being associated with any problems. But we did have two with no milk that needed the domperidone. That stuff takes 2 weeks to work.

Sounds like you should have a conversation with your vet. Perhaps you can email him some pictures.

Is there an arena where you can leave her out every day?
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post #15 of 134 Old 02-19-2010, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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today I took her for a 30 minute walk. Is that decent enough. And since our pastures have very minimal grass. We are debatign switching the other horses over to a pasture with more grass and giving her run of the main one for the day. So she can stretch her legs out. She is startign to bag up now but only ever so slightly. Hopefully more soon.

As for the fescue. We got her in december. And she was still on grass then. We switched her off that about a week or so after we got her. We were riding her every few days to keep the exercise up. But it's getting to close for me to feel comfortable riding her. And with all the snow and such and her being blind in one eye. I'd feel safer walking her. But do you think it would be ok to let her have the pasture for a day? I'm not sure what kind of grass our pastures are to be honest. But fescue is definitely here so I just assume it's also in the grass. Would that much do any damage? Or would it really just be better if I walked her for 30 minutes daily?


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post #16 of 134 Old 02-19-2010, 12:27 AM
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today I took her for a 30 minute walk. Is that decent enough. And since our pastures have very minimal grass. We are debatign switching the other horses over to a pasture with more grass and giving her run of the main one for the day. So she can stretch her legs out.
I think this is a very good idea. Horses are built to be on the move, and cooping a horse up in its stall with no exercise can be detrimental to their health. I think it would be very smart to move her to an area she can spend a bit of time roaming around in :)


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post #17 of 134 Old 02-19-2010, 02:59 AM
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You can have your pasture tested to see if there's fescue. Keep her off it if it does!
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post #18 of 134 Old 02-19-2010, 10:54 AM
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fescue is most dangerous the last 45 days of pregnancy. Can you turn her out for a little while more often? Sometimes then they spend their time moving around instead of eating. Or put some good fescue free hay out with her. Best to test it. Or find a corral that is so eaten down that there is no grass to eat.
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post #19 of 134 Old 02-20-2010, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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ok guys I got some pictures of her today. And I got some pictures of our pasture to show you how sparse our grass is. With 4 horses on it and the pregnant mare on it every now and then. There is no grass left but spots here and there. So here we go. I think all snowflakes pictures will be in the first post and i'll make another post with the grass pictures
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post #20 of 134 Old 02-20-2010, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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ok and here are the grass pictures!
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