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post #21 of 134 Old 02-22-2010, 12:31 AM
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love the grass. LOL. don't think there is any danger there!! (come on spring!!!)

she sure looks close. looks full in the flanks. but i am often wrong.
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post #22 of 134 Old 02-23-2010, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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lol thanks! i took more pictures today. her udders still arn't filled out all the way. but they are getting there! i'll post more pics when i get them on my computer later on today. but my question is. i have finally ran out of straw. and straw is more expensive than hay around here. it's madness! lol straw is 3.50 a Bale. but i know somewhere i can get shavings for free. is it all right to use shavings instead?? i always heard bad and good about them. but i don't know? any good or bad expierences with shavings?


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post #23 of 134 Old 02-23-2010, 07:11 PM
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I would not use shavings, it is too easy for them to be inhaled by the foals and get in their eyes. If straw is only $3.50 a bale you're getting lucky. Right now our hay is $4.50 a bale. If I were you I would get the straw for the safety of the foal.
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post #24 of 134 Old 02-23-2010, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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ok here are all the pictures from today. i should have more tonight when i go check her later on.
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post #25 of 134 Old 02-23-2010, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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what about after she foals? the book i bought "The Foaling Primer" says it is alright to use shavings after the birth? i can go grab about 4 bales of straw and that should hold her off till after the birth. if not i'll go get more. but are shavings alright after the birth? and they arn't really small shavings either. i believe. they are from a local factory or something. not really sure. my neighbors is gonna go get about 4 30 gallon trash bags full tomarrow for us. so i guess if they arn't safe for the foal at all then i can just put them in the other horses stalls. but this is really a cheap and easier way to go IF it is safe if not then i guess i'll be skipping out on getting my junior year book and dishing out the money for my baby = ) whatever works best for the foal!


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post #26 of 134 Old 02-23-2010, 08:01 PM
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i dont think you need to skip your yearbook for $15 worth of straw for a baby IMHO.
Woa! You guys are crazy! Hay here in CA is $10 a bale! Straw is like $5, alfalfa $7-8, and grass/orchard/3 way/etc is $8-$15 a bale! O.o

I think you should just use straw.........or maybe shavings with a layer of straw on top after the baby is born, just to be safe, and it would save you straw!
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post #27 of 134 Old 02-23-2010, 10:18 PM
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A layer of shavings under the straw is fine, but I would still at least put straw in there. In all the foalings we've had we always use straw, at least for the first few weeks after the birth, as a precaution.
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post #28 of 134 Old 02-23-2010, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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nah lol i am paying for the yearbook myself. and i don't have a job so my money is limited lol and alright i'll keep buying straw. but pretty much once the baby is born. both of them will probably out in the pasture during the day so maybe i wont run out of straw so quickly


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post #29 of 134 Old 02-23-2010, 11:24 PM
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if you use shavings, or better yet, pine pellets, under the straw, the straw will last a lot longer.

for the first week or so, it helps to have straw or hay over the shavings because babies sleep a lot with their nose right down in it. the shavings can be breathed in. also the dust in some shavings is a real problem. but once you figure out where baby lays, you may not need them everywhere in the stall.

some people don't add the straw on top until they are pretty sure she is real close to foaling. that works if you are watching real close, but can be risky.

cheap first cut hay that isn't moldy or dusty would work also.
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post #30 of 134 Old 02-23-2010, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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we honestly thought about using her Bermuda Hay as a bedding. as it's like 1-2 $'s a bale. and she can sleep in it and eat it. but i figured to many things could go wrong with that like her using the bathroom then eating the hay around it. lol


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