buckskin mare is about to pop!
i got a buckskin mare for christmas from our farrier. he did tell us she had been bred to a percheron stallion. this is not her first foal so it isn't as big of an issue about the size. she has started to bag up a week or two ago. her hips looked as if they have dropped. there's a full moon coming up so we've been keeping a close eye on her. this is not our first foal born here[will be the 6th if i remember right.] and neighbor is a breeder so we have backup if she has trouble. i do have a few questions that are just out of curiosity.
is it ok to nurse the foal before it stands? as in taking milk from mom into a bottle and nursing the foal.
i've been watching videos of mares foaling to get in the spirit and in one video i noticed they tied knots in the afterbirth after the mare stood so she would not step on it. do you recommend this? and what exactly does it benefit if its beneficial?
and has anyone noticed any warning signs the day before your mare foals? something very subtle or unique.
and also if your mare has had problems, did she "tell" you she was having problems? according to my farrier, she had a problem with her second foal and she nudges you when she needs help.
i'm sure everything will go fine. and will probably happen while everyone is asleep. i've just had some questions bugging me lately =]
Its better off that the placenta is tied so she doesn't step on it and tear herself. The one thing our mare did was stop eating the night before and foaled around 7am. She wouldn't foal if we were there. It was just in her nature.
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well the vet is coming out today to check her because the other horse that was bred to the same stallion had complications and the foal had to be pulled and died within 36 hours. im thinking either from the heat or vet error[vet that pulled said everyone he has pulled died within two days]. our vet[not the same vet and who we have a lot of trust and faith in] is coming out today to check blondie. her due date was 2 weeks ago officially[previous owner sent me the date in her calender] and said she has always went 12 months. talked to neighbors trainer and told him everything she has been showing/doing and he expects her to foal within the next 2/3 weeks
Don't take milk to her before she nurses, or she will never learn to find her own milk. Let her figure it out, just make sure she's up and nursing within a few hours. Keep the afterbirth for your vet to examine. Most importantly, LEAVE THE MARE AND FOAL ALONE during labor and the crucial first hours of bonding. Unless there's a complication (in which case a vet should be called), stay out of their way.
happy to announce Titan was born between 4 and 7 am this morning =] cant post pics from ipad so I'll have to fight my computer later. he is healthy!!!!!!!!!
Pictures! Soon! Please!
Glad to hear he came out healthy!
Congratulations on the healthy foal. I'm looking forward to pictures :).
Pffft...1 page? This was hardly a foaling thread. ;-)
That was quick!!!
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