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  • Pregnant mare and nitrates
  • Alfalfa late term abortion mare

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    10-25-2012, 10:08 PM
Last test we were waiting on was lepto.. we didnt think it was this anyways but FWIW it was negative. All my pasture mares are puffy around the vuvla.. no idea whats causing it as both pastures are totally different and independant. It can't be the hay as I have other mares eating the same hay who have no puffyness. Vet has no idea and is currently chalking it up to good old fashioned bad luck. I want to go sew all the mares closed! :( just cringe going out there everyday as there might be another.
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    10-26-2012, 08:26 AM
I had a mare that aborted last year too. No biological reason could be found and I had all the test run by the vet.
We learn when raising livestock that nature has a way of making us feel insignificant at times.
Good luck witht the rest. The swelling you mentioned has me worried. If you find any answer or theories that are probable post them.
I think other breeders would like to know.
Sounds as if you did everything possibel. Good luck. Shalom
    10-26-2012, 10:16 AM
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I'm so sorry :( I hope for healthy foals from the rest of your mares.
    10-28-2012, 07:26 PM
Im so sorry to hear about this. From your previous posts its clear you gave these foals the best possible chance at life.
I hope your other mares continue to do well
    11-04-2012, 07:52 PM
I'm so very sorry to hear about this, Ghostwind. That picture nearly made me cry; I could not begin to imagine how hard it would be to walk out into the pasture one morning and see that. I had no idea the fetuses looked so much like a horse at only five months.

Any word on how the other mares are doing? I'm worried that the silence is a bad sign. I really hope not.
    11-04-2012, 10:42 PM
Nitrate toxicity from hay & forages is also a consideration.
Drought, excessive soil nitrogen, shade, frost, certain herbicides, acid soils, low growing temperatures and nutrient deficiencies can contribute to high nitrate levels in plants. Stems usually have higher nitrate content than leaves.
I know in our parts we sometimes get early frosts sometimes before people finish their haying. The frost causes spikes in nitrogen levels of the alfalfa,grasses or greenfeed crops.The high nitrates can cause problems with pregnant mares.
    11-05-2012, 10:06 PM
My mare aborted at ten months. The only thing I did different was a Pneumabort shot. Makes me wonder.
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    11-06-2012, 08:41 AM
Hoping that this is the last of it for you. How frustrating :(
    11-09-2012, 11:43 PM
Been very busy.. sorry I have not been back on.. my 16 year old baby brother died in a car accident last week so the foals are the least of my problems. :(

We did lose another one... This one was only four months along. Much smaller. Mare is an older mare who has had many foals and her loss could very well be to her age/conformation from age (might need a caslick if we want to try to get a last baby out of her) She has some very old and nonexistant lines and we have kept every baby from her in the last several years.

Vet seems pretty confident its not the pasture as with the drought this year it is pretty much non existant. Even if there was the high nitrates as mentioned in prior (he mentioned this also) there would be no way for any one mare to digest enough to cause this to happen. Hay has been gone through very throughly prior to feeding. Not a speck of mold in it. Smells fresh.. just at a loss here. With everything else going on the loss of the foals seems so small in comparison. I've brought several mares into stalls to monitor closely and the swelling isnt going down (they are on square bales now but it is essentially the same field/hay)

At THIS point... we are chalking it up to crappy luck. We also searched for signs of tent worms (only thing we couldnt test for) with no luck.
    11-09-2012, 11:45 PM
Originally Posted by WSArabians    
My mare aborted at ten months. The only thing I did different was a Pneumabort shot. Makes me wonder.
I'll be honest. I personally know people who have had deformed foals from that shot.. and had abortions within a week of giving the shot. I have never given it and this is the FIRST bout of abortions I have ever had. I've been very fortunate to never lose a foal after foaling.. and these are the first aborts i've ever had the displeasure of seeing :(

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