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post #1 of 27 Old 12-28-2011, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Very Pregnant rescue mare and her colt

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I was contacted yesterday to see if I could be a 'halfway" house for a pregnant mare, and her still sucking colt. So off we go to get them today. We have the vet coming out this afternoon to check them both out and to geld the colt.

Will post pics and more info as I get it. This would be my first experience with a pregnant mare, labour, etc. Etc. We have lots of experience with cattle and dogs during labour. So I told my poor vet to expect to hear from me a lot ! Lol
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post #2 of 27 Old 12-28-2011, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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So the vet was out, Chief the colt is 10-11months old, and he was gelded. His mother Doll is due to foal in about a month, so looks like we are on foal watch!!!!! The foal is moving, but is very tiny. Mom is about 14hh dad was a welsh pony x, about 12hh. I will post pics of Doll and chief. The stud, is with someone else in the rescue.

So any suggestions for great nutrition for mom?

Would a wheat mix grain be ok for her ? (Wheat and some barley).

Our hay is first cut alfalfa with clover and grass mixed in.
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Did the vet give you any suggestions, if so, I would go with that. Or you could always call and ask. Rescues can have needs far being a "normal" pregnant mare so I would want to make sure I'm addressing those needs. There are many grains on the market for pregnant and/or nursing mares that are pretty good. You may want to add a more "grassy" hay (brome, prairie) to her ration as Alfalfa is very good for protein, but doesn't give off the fermentation heat (to keep warm in winter) that the more grassy hays give.

Can't wait to see the pics.
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The mare and stud were let loose in 2006, each year they had a foal, and it died. This colt, Chief, is the first one to survive. The past few weeks they survived by eating dogfood, until they were rescued. Feel bad for them, but they are both so sweet! Doll is really a doll, and just wants love.
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Thanks cinny! Will be picking up a pregnant mare feed on friday.

In regards to hay its all mostly the same in our area. We bale our own,there are a few types of grasses in it, my husband says, he seeded it so he should know.

Pics tomorrow!!!! Sadly she is very thin and doesn't look too pregnant and once she has the foal will need a lot of bulking up
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Thanks cinny! Will be picking up a pregnant mare feed on friday.

In regards to hay its all mostly the same in our area. We bale our own,there are a few types of grasses in it, my husband says, he seeded it so he should know.

Pics tomorrow!!!! Sadly she is very thin and doesn't look too pregnant and once she has the foal will need a lot of bulking up
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I'd slowly introduce 12- 14 percent good grain with small amounts of calf manna for protein and Mare Plus as a supplement. Some Oat/Timothy/Alfalfa cubes would be good to balance the Calcium-phosphorus ratio.

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I've delt with a pregnant rescue mare before... Though she wasn't due so early. My vet had me put her on senior feed to get her back up to weight. Though, with your mare close to foaling I'd probably go with a mare and foal feed. I'm surprised your vet didn't say anything.
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post #8 of 27 Old 12-29-2011, 10:54 PM
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Ladybug has a great idea. But be cautious with grain that's too rich right away if the poor thing was surviving on dog food; it can cause severe distress and diarrhea. Once she's settled, you can up the feed/protein content. I'm also surprised the vet didn't give a recommendation.

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Ladybug has a great idea. But be cautious with grain that's too rich right away if the poor thing was surviving on dog food; it can cause severe distress and diarrhea. Once she's settled, you can up the feed/protein content. I'm also surprised the vet didn't give a recommendation.
Very good point. Hmm. Someone correct me on this if I'm wrong. Couldn't she start giving the mare food at small amounts? Of course, I wouldn't go straight to full feed right from the get go. It could make her colic, or like Druydess said, could cause diarrhea or other problems.
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post #10 of 27 Old 12-30-2011, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Hey there,

We are giving her small amount 3 times a day, we are picking up a mare and foal feed tomorrow. Will try and post pics now.

She os so sweet, follows us around, seems happy to not have the colt on her anymore.

The vet offered some suggestions as well, but he is more of a cattle vet, no great horse vet around us.
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