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    09-07-2009, 07:43 AM
  #1
Foal
Unhappy My mare needs help

Our mare has had some hoof problems but my husband has been working with her on a daily basis, cleaning and treating her. The hoof problems seemed to be much better earlier last week, we took her out walking and she walked without having any problems. She has a 3month old colt which we were going to start weaning next week.

A couple of days later she was favoring one foot again. We could not find any problem with the foot so thought maybe it was a tight tendon or something. The vet gave us some Bute to try and I expected that would help, as it has in the past. We have her boarded and they were to continue the bute treatment (that was Friday).

We didn't go back to check on her on Saturday (we try to go everyday but the broading place takes are of them when we can not come out) and I went to check on her last night. She is down and can barely get up. I am very angry the boarder know she was down and did not call us.

My mare will only get up to come over to get her feed and the whole time her front legs are shaking. Her legs are so weak she can not bend her he down to get water, so I am holding bucket of water up to her head so that she will drink. I gave her elctrolytes because she was just covered in sweat. Of course everthing is closed Sunday night before a holiday. I have to try and find a vet tomorrow who will come out to see her. I fear she is going to die

I had a number of people looking at the mare last night and got a lot of comments of which I do not know which I should follow:

1. Several said to take the colt away immediate, while others said it would stress her so much she would surely die. I can't move her so the best I could do anyway is to put him in a different pen. For now I am leaving him because even when she is down she is looking for him. I already have him on some feed so he is okay with nursing.
2. We will continue to treat with electrolytes and see if we can get B complex on Monday morning.
3, I am going to the vet or any vet that might help us. Looking at her gums she maybe anemic (her gums and tounge are pale). Any suggestions on anything for this, if I can't get a vet today?

I really need help, I do not want to lose my mare
     
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    09-07-2009, 08:43 AM
  #2
Started
I would be calling a vet/any and all until one with an emergency page returns your call. Do not wait!
     
    09-07-2009, 12:37 PM
  #3
Weanling
There will be a vet on emergency call. I'd have someone out there ASAP.
     
    09-07-2009, 12:57 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by dashygirl    
There will be a vet on emergency call. I'd have someone out there ASAP.
Most definitely! Every vet I have ever worked with has had an emergency on-call system - frankly, I wouldn't use a practice that didn't.
     
    09-07-2009, 03:15 PM
  #5
Started
Well I hope she got help in time for her mare. :(
     
    09-07-2009, 07:08 PM
  #6
Foal
Mare is a little better. My husband and I got some panels and created a pen for her in a shadier area, gave her electrolytes, Vit-B shot, bute paste and new hay (shouldn't be anything wrong with other hay but got fresh to be sure) and moved 3mth foal to the barn. I really thought she was a goner this morning but she has improved a little through out the day. Being a holiday we couldn't get a vet other than by phone. Had two call and give advise from both. Mobile Vet will be coming by tomorrow morning. She is still not getting around well but she has gotten up and is trying to walk, drinking some water and is not sweating nearly so bad. She is not happy her baby was moved but I think it best for her. She is not out of the woods by any means but maybe not right at deaths room like I feared earlier.
     
    09-07-2009, 07:47 PM
  #7
Trained
I can't believe a vet wouldn't come out for that!! My first thought was that she was in shock which can be a fatal in short order. The vet should have come immediately. Even on a holiday, even up here where the service is terrible, even I would have been able to get a vet.

If the vet hasn't been out yet, call again. Get that vet out ASAP!
     
    09-07-2009, 08:02 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
I can't believe a vet wouldn't come out for that!! My first thought was that she was in shock which can be a fatal in short order. The vet should have come immediately. Even on a holiday, even up here where the service is terrible, even I would have been able to get a vet.

If the vet hasn't been out yet, call again. Get that vet out ASAP!
In absolute and total agreement!
     
    09-07-2009, 11:10 PM
  #9
Started
I am shocked there is no vet who would come out. What about hauling her in? No vet would take her if you hauled in either?
     
    09-08-2009, 02:55 AM
  #10
Yearling
Why did you remove her foal at 3 months he shouldn't be weaned until at least 5 months or even better 6 months. He still does need momma milk even though it is not as imperiative like it is at birth. I have a 3 month old and a four month old colt am not planning on weaning until it is at least 6 months for one and 5 months for Caddo. I am weaning them together so that they aren't as stressed and also so that the mares aren't as stressed as well. Taking the foal away from mom may only stress her out even more. I would put the two back together. Until the vet tells you other wise. I will keep you and your horses in my prayers though.
     

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