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    07-31-2008, 11:18 AM
LEAVE HER ALONE. She does not know you and it's her instinct to protect her baby. When the foal is older she will relax. Just let her be and allow her to bond with the foal. If there's nothing wrong with her or the foal, you don't need to be involved with either of them at this moment.
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    07-31-2008, 10:44 PM
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?
    08-02-2008, 12:51 PM
Infection of the navel stump usually occurs within the first few days, when it is still moist. It would be better if you could dip it, but in your case just watch it. As long as the foal is perky,eating/nursing well, does NOT have diarrhea, and the navel area looks clean, dry, not swollen in anyway, and if the flies aren't bothering her, you should be fine.

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