Pregnant mare losing a lot of weight!! HELP!
I just purchased my first 4 horses in the last 3 months, one of which was bred. I got the mare and (2) 10-month-old babies from one person, and another open mare (who was underweight) from another. Since I purchased these guys, everyone has been gaining weight except for my pregnant mare. She has lost a drastic amount of weight within the past month (mainly along her back), but her belly is still huge! All of my horses have hay available at all times and I started giving my mare extra pelleted feed & alfalfa cubes as well. I also wormed her and the rest of my herd last Tuesday with Ivermectin.
Being that this is the first time I've ever owned a pregnant mare, I have no idea what is going on!! It makes me want to cry every time I look at her. :cry: I had a vet look at her about a month ago when I had her Coggins test done and he told me that everything looked good (she had already started losing definition on her back and hindquarters). Now she looks like something you see coming into a rescue! I thought it might be from all of the extra weight on her belly pulling everything down, but from the pictures I've seen of other pregnant mares, none of them looked this bad. Any advise/help would be greatly appreciated!
Also, from what I was told, she is due to foal sometime in May. Exact date of breeding is unknown.
Hi Nikki and welcome to the forum!
It sounds like it is definitely time to have the vet out again to check your mare and see what might be going on with her and what can be changed with her feeding program to bring her back to a healthy weight. If she were mine, that is what I would do rather than try and guess at this stage in her pregnancy.
Thanks! That's what I was thinking, but wasn't sure if anyone else has ever run into this problem. Just takes so long for him to come out because we don't have an equine vet locally.
Hi, if she's an older mare it may be a dental issue. Another thought: is she contained with other horses and even though you have lots of free choice hay out there, do you think that if she's passive that she is possibly not getting her share? Horses also gain slowly, 1 bcs point a month on average, so you may be doing everything right and it will just take a little time to notice improvement. The first thought which comes to mind is her age and dentition could be factoring in somewhere?
Well, my mare actually foaled Saturday night!! She looks a little better now that baby isn't pulling her down anymore, but she is still pretty skinny. We had the vet come out this afternoon and he told us that everything "looked" okay as far as her health & feed is concerned. He took a fecal & blood test today, which we should get the results from within the next couple of days. So far baby seems to be very healthy, but the vet is worried that our mare isn't going to be able to produce enough milk for him. He recommended that we purchase some foal-lac pellets for him to help mama out. Unfortunately, our feed stores around here don't carry it so I'll have to order it online. :-| Also, I didn't think foals this young could eat pellets. Any thoughts on that??
Also, my mare doesn't seem to have any issues being passive with our other horses. She's the boss of the pasture. LOL! We have also been separating her during feeding time so I can watch how much pelleted food she's actually getting.
You realize now Nikki that you have to post pictures of your foal for us to ooh and aah over?
Congratulations on the new surprise today!
I'm glad she's bossy lol! Did the vet look into her mouth and do you have an idea of an approx. age?
Foals don't begin erupting anything to chew with til they're 1-2 weeks old, then they'll start being pretty curious about what mom's eating. If mom's bag remains nice and full and baby has a milk mustache and doesn't appear to be frustrated and pushing into the teats, or coming back to try and nurse far too frequently...well, you'll be able to tell. If you think you need milk replacer for the first week or two, hopefully you can order some, and I hope you won't need it. Some folks use goat's milk if they have to. Glad they are both ok!
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