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    04-10-2009, 12:56 PM
Question mare didn't accept the foal

My mare foaled yesterday. I have been up all night holding the mare so the foal can nurse but this morning she had kicked him he fell on the ground. So I took the foal from her so he couldn't get hurt but he is sooo very weak and he doesnt walk well. I now have the foal in the house to keep him out of the bad weather since the mare left him. My question is what should I feed him? How often? The vet will be here around 2-2:30. He is very small maybe premature. Can someone give me some advice as to what to do for him.
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    04-10-2009, 01:04 PM
Maybe premature? You don't know?

You need to milk the mare and get the colostrum in that baby.

The vet will probably tranq the mare and suggest having her tied and possibly hobbled until she settles down.
    04-10-2009, 01:26 PM
I agree that its imperative that you get colostrum in that foal. If not he will have to have a plasma transfer which is not easy and very expensive.

Is the mare in pain?? I would give her some banamine to calm her down and see if she lets the foal nurse them.

Also I have known mares to reject foals because someone put a blanket or sweater on the foal. The mare has to be able to smell her baby and some wont with blankets or sweaters on them.

You need to get colostrum in him every hour. To make a milking syringe cut off the needle side of a large plastic syringe. Then invert the syringe on the mares nipple and pull the plunger down. That should give you a syringe full of milk/colostrum. Then put that in a bottle and feed the foal. Keep track of how many CC's you get down him as the vet needs to know

We have found the old fashioned baby bottles with regular nipples work best. Just make the holes bigger with a hot needle

Foals this young go down very quick so you really have to be right on it

Sending prayers

    04-10-2009, 01:48 PM
The mare has nursed him but I have to hold her. The foal is weak even know he is sucking every 2 hours. After I have her nurse him she runs off with the herd. The vet is coming soon and thinks that the mare had no colostrum to start with and that may be the reason why he is so weak. The mare is in pain only when he sucks then she trys to kick at him and runs away.
    04-10-2009, 01:54 PM
The vet will tell you what to do. No one here can see what is happening or all the circumstances.
    04-10-2009, 02:11 PM
Im sooo sorry, I have nothing to offer except some prayers!!! I hope all goes well!!!
    04-10-2009, 02:46 PM
Originally Posted by peace love and paints    
the mare has nursed him but I have to hold her. The foal is weak even know he is sucking every 2 hours. After I have her nurse him she runs off with the herd. The vet is coming soon and thinks that the mare had no colostrum to start with and that may be the reason why he is so weak. The mare is in pain only when he sucks then she trys to kick at him and runs away.
Please confine the mare before the vet arrives.
    04-10-2009, 03:33 PM
Green Broke
So sorry that what should be such a happy occasion has turned to be so very worrisome and stressful. Keep us posted on what the vet recommends ect... as someone else here may find themselves in a similar situation some day. Thoughts are with you.
    04-10-2009, 03:57 PM
I was just trying to give her advice until the vet arrives. :)

There is a very small window to get colostrum into a foal before it goes down hill (about 8 hrs)

Im hoping your vet can get some plasma. Around here its not easy to find as our vet does not carry it. It costs about 400.00 a bag here in Ohio.

I do agree though the mare should be confined so that she cannot run off or be distracted by other horses.

If it was ME I would be milking that mare and get it into the foal

Hope your vet gets there soon and all turns out okay!

    04-10-2009, 07:21 PM
The vet came around 2:30 and got some IVs in him as a substitute colostrum. Turns out the mare never produced any the vet also took a bloodtest that proves there was no colostrum in the colts system. I have another mare who was nice enough to let him suck for about 5 times today. I have also bought some mare replacement powder milk we bought bottles so im going to be up all night. The next 48 hours are going to be crucial. He has 60% chance right now at life and I will be keeping him in the house at night.

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