My 20 year old mare was turned out in a pasture with my stallion this summer. We tried all last summer using medicine and all kinds of stuff after she was at the vet for two months. She slipped last year at 42 days. This year she took! Last Friday, she was checked in foal at 90+ days! We are mostly out of danger of slipping with just a low percentage of losing it. I was wondering how happy I can allow myself to be as it nearly killed me when she slipped last year. The only reason I am breeding her is because of her awesome bloodlines and her being my all-time favorite horse. Does anyone know how likely it will be that she could slip again? The vet told me not to worry too much, but I can't help it!
Is this her first foal? The chances are higher of her slipping because of her age and increase if this is her first foal. (sorry) But, that is not to say that she WILL slip. Keep an eye on her, make sure she has gentle exercise such as walking, be sure to feed her quality feed and hay. Be sure her weight is good, but don't let her get fat. Being fat is hard on the body and increases the chance of slipping.
I would be carefully optimistic as to her chances of keeping the foal. We have had several mares deliver in their 20's with no problems. Good luck and keep us posted.
This isn't her first foal as she has had four in the past. We got a culture on her in the fall of last year, and she checked perfectly clean. She's in great weight receiving a high quality 12% feed and straight bermuda grass hay.
Lol tx, you make me feel old at 35 having a human baby... we had a mare foal on us at the age of 22, we had a vet come out to check on her about once a month when she was about 6 months in to her pregnancy