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post #1 of 3 Old 08-05-2012, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question Transporting Mares & Foals

So I have a mare in Oklahoma that is very heavy in foal (yes I know bad time of year to be this far along in pregnancy. It was an unplanned/unexpected pregnancy). I know I shouldn't move her here (to Charleston, SC) until after she foals. My question though is how long after she foals should I wait to haul them (mom and baby) halfway across the country (1,200 miles)?

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I know some folks who transport and breed across the state on foal heat which is 7 day old foal. I know folks who have needed to transport mare and foal a distance (2 hours) due to a medical emergency post foaling. The foal could in theory be transported a few days after birth, its not recommended.

How are you hauling them? If you are using a commercial shipper I would get in touch with them. The shipper may not transport a horse under a certain age. I would wait until the foal was a few weeks to months old. That's a long trip and if its a commercial shipper the stress on the new/new baby could be intense and result in illness. I would also get in touch with the veterinarian who is caring for your mare. I would get their opinion on how to ship and at what age they would recommend.

A lot of people haul mare and foal in special trailer set ups. If you do the hauling yourself you need to assess your trailer. You don't want mare and foal together in a small area. The foal is at risk of being injured when the mare shifts with the traffic flow. That's why many will folks will have the mare in one section and a half stall area for the foal or a safe space for the foal to go in. You really don't want the foal to lie down under the mare and get stepped on. You also don't want the mare and the foal separated for a long time because the foal needs to eat.

I think you have a tricky question and I wonder what others will say.
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-05-2012, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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thank you! I love all the input I can get! I probably wont be moving them for another month saddley cause I wont get to see my baby until its at least a month old but I also know its safer. My mom will be bringing them out for me.

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