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Mare not eating or drinking after giving birth

Once the mare is in foal the question period should be over, right? Wrong! It's only just beginning! Discuss ideas and tips here for management techniques for the pregnant mare, and the new born foal and it's mother.

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Mare not eating or drinking after giving birth

Postby Alisa81617 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:16 pm

Hi, my parents have a mare that just gave birth yesterday. I have had the vet look at her twice now. She isnt eating or drinking that we can tell and there is no fresh pee or poop in the stall. I think she did poop once cause the filly had runny poop down the one side of her. She has some milk for the filly to drink. The vet has given her all kinds of shots to help perk her up so that she will eat or drink and still nothing. Has anyone else had this happen?

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Re: Mare not eating or drinking after giving birth

Postby Jos » Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:46 pm

Depression following foaling is often not a good sign. It may be related to internal bleeding or injury. It may also be related to severe discomfort, which is not as significant (at least in the long run).

This has now been a couple of days, so there should be improvement or a negative outcome. Fingers crossed for you.
We're always happy to try and help, but don't forget to check the articles section
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Re: Mare not eating or drinking after giving birth

Postby Alisa81617 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:50 pm

We lost the mom during the night on Tuesday. Been nursing the filly since Wednesday. So far she is hanging on
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Re: Mare not eating or drinking after giving birth

Postby Jos » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:06 am

Sorry to hear that. As I said, depression following foaling is often not a good thing... :(

You probably have all kinds of help and advice, but I'll throw a couple more things at you.

If you can't get a nursemare, then getting the foal to drink from a bucket as soon as possible is a blessing (one can leave the bucket and have them drink from it!). However, there are protocols for inducing milk in non-parturient mares. Let me know if you are in need of those. If the foal is not drinking from a bucket yet, and there is no nursemare, are you familiar with the Igloo orphan foal feeder? It can be a tremendous help. There are several articles about how to build one, and a Google search yields links: http://tinyurl.com/ojelmwq

If the foal is without any other horses around, take fresh manure from an adult (dewormed) horse, and place a couple of shovels full in the stall with the foal each day. They will pick at the manure and eat some. It seems disgusting, but they are actually populating their gut with essential microbes, which they would normally get from mom's manure.

Make sure the foal is drinking milk and not water if water is present. Some water is OK to keep hydration level up, but it of course carries no nutritional value, so milk is more important. Some will even remove water sources to ensure that milk is consumed, as if too much water is drunk, the horse will not want the milk.

Did you run an IgG check on the foal? It would be worth doing so if you didn't, and if necessary (if levels are low) then an intravenous plasma transfer is recommended.

If you have more questions, please feel free to ask and we'll do our best to assist with an answer.
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