I lost my favorite mare on Saturday morning dues to either a ruptured intestine or uterus. The foal is nearly 1 month old. She currently is eating mare and foal pellets and alfalfa leaves we take from what shakes off of the hay when we feed, and she is drinking water extremely well. She is not stressed but nice and calm. The only problem is we cannot get her to drink any milk replacer. We have tried bucket feeding, bottle, cooler, and hand feeding the milk, she wants nothing to do with it. I know she is eating everything else exptremely well I'm just concerned she may be lacking something from not getting the milk replacer. The replacer I purchased says it can also be added dry to her feed. I put some in there this morning and I will be checking to see if she eats that ok this afternoon. She has not lost any weight like I said she is an extremely good eater. It's almost like she knows she needs to be a big girl now, crazy to think I know but she has her mothers attitude when it comes to being confident. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!
The foal pellets that I fed my orphan were basically the same as the milk replacer. My foal was 10 days old when she lost her mother, I had to force feed her milk replacer until she started eating foal pellets around a month of age. Sounds like your filly is doing well, if she is eating the pellets I would not mess with the milk. I tried putting her with my old mare SweetPea but she kept trying to nurse so I had to put Sweetpea in the stall next to her and made the stall wall so Sweetpea could hang her head over. When she got over the nursing urges they lived together.
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