07-31-2008, 09:44 PM
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No, we don't know much about the dam. We just know that the people we bought her from had about 10 horses. They did not have mom long. She apparently was already pregnant when they got her. I found this out after we had purchased mom and gotten her to our home. The only thing we know at this point is that mom is 8 years old, she has a negative coggins, she is a spotted saddle horse, and so was the stud that she was bred to. She was in very poor health when we got her. We have worked hard to get her in decent shape. What little bit of knowledge I have about mares and their younguns is what I have read on the internet. I have had horses before, but never had a pregnant mare or baby. However, I do not believe this is her first baby. I cannot say this for sure, just my opinion based on watching her with this one. She is fed at the fence, and we can rub on her while she is feeding so long as baby doesn't try to get close to us. I have been concentrating on her at this point, but am worried about the baby's umbilical stump getting dirty or infected if we are not able to get to the baby to check her. Is this something that we need to worry about?