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    08-17-2012, 01:26 PM
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Foal
Mare & Weanling underfed and in a fire

Broodmare is 10 years old and weanling colt will be 5 months on the 20th of this month. I hadn't seen my horses since the Mare foaled in March since I live quite a distance from the farm they were on. My husband and brother brought them to my farm 2 weeks ago, they were underweight (more like starved), and had been singed in a fire we weren't told about and had a large quantity of sand in their intestines. My Vet has been here 3 times and is coming again tomorrow. The temp here in CA has been in the triple digit (109) for 2 weeks and though the Mare is doing well it has been a struggle to keep our colt alive. Today it is 101 degrees so it will be a better day for him. Weanling colt has been weaned for how long I don't have any idea as the Mare lost her milk what looks like about a month ago, the colt is underweight by approx. 100 lbs. And is small for its size. Started triple Crown Growth formula but the Mare won't let him eat. Tried separating the colt but they both just freak out. I have plenty of room to separate but my Vet doesn't think the colt is ready as to him being so fragile at this time. Both eat alfalfa hay and both are thoroughbreds. Any ideas on getting the weanling colt to eat the grain would be a lot of help as I thought I might tie them each to differents sides of the corral when eating since it's big, 20'x40'.
     
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    08-17-2012, 01:30 PM
  #2
Green Broke
You should be able to fashion a creep feeder in the corner that the foal can get in and the mare can't. A board across the corner at a certain height .. and boards perpendicular to the ground if necessary to keep mare from trying to get under... ?
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    08-17-2012, 01:32 PM
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Yearling
You said the mare won't let the foal eat the grain, but she is sharing the hay? Is she hogging the grain or chasing and nipping him away?

Will he accept a halter? Your idea of restraining her may help. If tying her in the area creates too much panic for both of them, I wonder if putting a grazing muzzle and halter/lead on her while he eats will help? You can stand her near the grain feeder while he eats.

Good luck.
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    08-17-2012, 01:38 PM
  #4
Weanling
I'm confused. Who did you trust your mare/colt to for care? You haven't seen them in 5 months and sounds like they were in a horrid situation. If your having trouble keeping the colt alive why isn't the vet coming on a more urgent status?
     
    08-17-2012, 01:39 PM
  #5
Foal
The colt does have a halter on, and yes the mare and colt have no problem sharing their hay. I've never used a creep feeder, I use rubber stall mats. Thank, lots of helpful answers, I will look into the feeder and there is plenty of room to the put up another pipe rail halfway between them when they are feeding. Mare is not very motherly and nips at her colt constantly.
     
    08-17-2012, 01:40 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Nevermind
     
    08-17-2012, 01:44 PM
  #7
Foal
This Farm was recommended to foal our mare by our Trainer from Santa Anita. He has many of his own horses kept there (but not anymore, as he moved them when he saw our horses), when I was there in March all looked fine, horses were healthy. The Vet has done all he can and I can administer meds myself and this has been a very hot summer here and he has been quite busy with horses with colic these past 2 weeks and we have had 2 huge fires in Southern California where many ranches have been affected.
     
    08-17-2012, 01:53 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Hopeshorsecorral    
This Farm was recommended to foal our mare by our Trainer from Santa Anita. He has many of his own horses kept there (but not anymore, as he moved them when he saw our horses), when I was there in March all looked fine, horses were healthy. The Vet has done all he can and I can administer meds myself and this has been a very hot summer here and he has been quite busy with horses with colic these past 2 weeks and we have had 2 huge fires in Southern California where many ranches have been affected.
was the colt recently in a fire? Smoke inhalation ?
Poor guy he's had a rough start to his life!
If it was trauma central where the horses were..the mare might be reacting with survival instinct for herself. Is there a larger area where they are not separated but the food bowls can be farther away from each other?
20'x40' is actually pretty small if she is in survival mode.
Or was this her personality before you sent her away?
     
    08-17-2012, 03:52 PM
  #9
Foal
This is the mare and colt's first time at my farm, we purchased her in foal. 20'x40' is quite small as at first I thought my horses were in the shape I saw them 5 months ago and we knew the foal would need lots of exercise but the Vet recommended they be in a smaller corral with a lot more shade until the colt is feeling up to par. No smoke in their lungs or any breathing problems, just singed and starved as the owner of the farm never contacted me, fire was 2 weeks before we picked them up and I had to find the info of the fire on the internet after they got here and it was clear their manes, tails were singed by a fire.

I've been out with them this past hour and the colt seems a little perkier, getting ready to call the feed store here to see if they have a creep feeder.
     
    08-17-2012, 04:02 PM
  #10
Trained
Hoping for the best for you and these 2 horses.

If you can't get a creep feeder set up. Tie mom to one side and grain colt at the other end. Or take mom out of paddock and tie her on the other side while she eats, and while foal eats. If they can see other another, they should be okay...?
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