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Mare care at weaning

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Mare care at weaning

Postby mynutmeg » Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:11 pm

We're weaning over this weekend and was after some advice on care of the mare, specifically encouraging her to dry up and not develop mastitis - I'm getting loads of conflicting advice and simply want to do the best for Roo. She's going to a different yard for a couple of weeks but unfortunately won't be getting any turnout. I plan to do gentle exercise (mainly walk, tiny amount of trot) twice a day - she is going to be coming back into work properly but has had 2 years out now so will be tkaing it very slowly. I have already started to reduce her feed down (currently ad lib haylage, balancer and chaff). I've been adivised from one yo (who has bred quite a few) to restrict her water intake to encourage her to dry up, the other yo says to feed epsom salts to dry her up - argh, they both seem like old wives tails and while I do get the logic behind restricting water (dehydrated mare can't produce as much milk) I'm pretty reluctant to do that - dehydration isn't agood thing. She does normally drink a lot (mare and foal are going through between 100 & 120 litres of water a night between them!)

So basically what can I do to encourage her to dry up quickly and prevent mastitis from developing?
Thanks
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Re: Mare care at weaning

Postby Spellcheck » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:18 pm

I doubt you are still looking for help as long ago as it's been, but for later reference, Parsley works great as a supplement for drying up. I've used for dogs in false pregnancies and horses weaning in the past :)
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