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post #1 of 5 Old 03-13-2007, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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need help with pegnant mares!need help big time!

i have wanted a horse for a wile and knowmy mom and dad bought me a arthirtic mare,a pregnant appy mare,and a pregnant q, horse mare.We are for sure that the appy is due in June but the were not for sure.How will i know when there ready to drop.I was told that a previous mom will not show as many signs as a new mom.Is this true?also how long can you ride a pregnant mare safely.also the athiritic Q. horse has one bad leg.I need to give her Some good supplements to help her gain weight and support that more ?.The preg q horse is a complete angel at her place but shows her behind at my long b4 she stops or wil she?Cause if it is a preg thing my appy follows orders plain as day.THe other one i guess is just tryin to show boss any other ideas would severely help.please help me i have been around horses my whole life but never around a pregnant mare or a arthirtic horse.

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-13-2007, 03:39 PM
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Okay first of all I don't understand quite why your parents wuould buy you two pregnant mares if you have never owned a horse before and ones with physical problems at that, but its none of my business. However if I were you:
I would have a vet check out both mares that are pregnant. They should be getting their shots every other month to help prevent them aborting the baby. Specially if your not sure when they are due. Have them vet checked and let them give you a guideline on what you should be doing. Owning two pregnant mares is a big thing and those unborn babies NEED to have special care as well as the mares. When it gets closer to them birthing you will be able to see a few physical signs such as the belly dropping, teats will swell up and wax over also, but I can't stress it enough to have them vet CHECK!
Also if one mare has arthirtis you SHOULD have her checked for the extent of it, before you even think about riding her, again your vet MUST check and make sure certain meds are safe for her unborn before you give it to her anything.
Also if your other mare has a leg problem, that could anything from mild to extreme. I hate to sound like a broken record but this mare needs to see a vet to determine what the problem is and how to treat her.
You have two pregnant mares that both have physical problems, and no one can give you the rememdy because we can't see them and watch them. Its quite apparent they need some care and some help. But we can only read about them, so for the safety and future of your two mares and unborn babies, HAVE A VET TAKE CARE OF THEM......
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-14-2007, 12:51 PM
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I can't agree more. The vets needs to check out those mares. And I'd suggest that you do as much research as possible on caring for pregnant mares and foals before the mares drop their babies. Two pregnent mares is a HUGE commitment and it's going to take a lot of work on your part to keep all of them healthy and in good shape. If you don't have a lot of experience, try to find someone nearbly who does have experience that can help you out. It certaily does not sound like an ideal situation, but what's done is done and its time to do your homework.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-15-2007, 07:56 AM
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would agree on everything that has been said to you, especially seeing a vet.
a few more things i could suggest.
-Seperate the mares when they are getting close to foaling, some mares have been known to take the foals away from mum. if you are unsure when they are due, then seperate them asap.
-when the mares get close to foaling, they will look as if they have lost alot of weight, don't be alarmed this is normal, dont think they need more feed. (they have just dropped) foal is preparing to be born.
-on the rump either side of the tail will become very soft almost like jelly. (all the muscles are relaxing to deliver)
-teats may become enlarged and waxy
-when mare is due she will become very restless, getting up and down all the time, just keep an eye on her.
-would also suggest when you believe they are ready to give birth, be there, not trying to scare you, but things can go wrong.

as suggested to you before try to have someone around that knows about foaling

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-19-2007, 04:58 PM
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There are a lot of things you can do before your mares foal and one of them is to establish their vital signs, get a stethoscope, they can be purchased for about $13.00 for a cheep one, learn to rate their heartbeats, you put the stethoscope between their front legs, count the heartbeats, do this for a week and you will know their normal rate. Get a large animal thermometer and establish their regular temperature the same way, but in their rectum, if ou are scared to do it leave this alone. Their temp will drop a degree or two bewfore foaling. Make sure their teeth have been attended to and feet trimmed a few weeks before foaling as this can stress a mare too much later on. Make sure the mares have gotten all their shots as well. signs of foaling include but are not limited to have a full bag and wax on the teat ends. you will be able to see a foal center when the bulge shifts from one side to being in the middle. A mare close to foaling may get restless, drip milk, rub her head or her butt on anything around, paw the ground, lay down and get up frequently, roll, nip at her sides, look at her sides, shift her weight repetedly. In fact any behavior changes may indicate the impending birth. You should watch her for at least a half hour a couple of times a day to know her routine. If she rests somewhere other than a usuall spot or changes in her behavior. A mare may not bag up just before delivery or bag up weeks in advance, she may drip milk or have milk streaming or have none of those signs. She may go off her feed or eat like normal. she may sweat especially around her ears, behind her elbows and her chest. Some mares show no sigs at all that the are going to foal and even then they may keep you on your toes watching them for several weeks. Most mares that have foaled before foal in much the same way as they did the first time. If a mare has a white bag hanging out of her rear and no progress in an hour CALL THE VET THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. a mare will foal within an hour from the breaking of the water. The difference in the breaking of the ware and a mare urinating is that a mare squats to urinate so know what she looks like then and keep a watch on her. If her water breaks she should not be left alone. If she shows any signs I have listed you should check her every hour day and night until she foals. By the time a mare delivers the owners are practicall dead from exhaustion. hope this helps best bet is purchase the book foaling manual it is a great resource for the mare and the ensuing foal. I read it all the time and I have been breeding horses for over 20 years.
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