I just registered with this forum in order to get some help. A client of my husband (farrier) took us to a neighbor's field to show us a mare with a young one. We were appaled at the skin and bones look of the mare. He told us that she had recently arrived with her baby, that the field's owner had taken her in cuz her owner, a horse trader, had her on rocks only. That was a few weeks ago. We saw the clients tonight and inquired about the mare and baby. They said she was still very skinny and felt the foad was losing weight.
I know nothing about raising babies and that's where I need help. I assume this poor mare is full of worms but I don't think she can be wormed while lactating, right? not sure if she even has milk..... can I bring her some barley and oats? at what age can the baby be wormed? what else can you tell me? THank you for all your help. I am going to see her in the morning, she is about 10 miles from my house. I have prepared a small bucket of barley and oats in the truck......
The mare can be wormed with foal at the side, You may want to do it in smaller incruments instead of one big does , it the mare is loaded with worms she could colic if given to much wormer at one time. It the mare was not getting enough grain/hay while lactating that could be a major source of your problem. Even now it is hard to build a mare up while lactating. Nature has a way and it will pull the mare down before starving the foal. So any and all energy was going to making a foal and milk. Worming the foal depends on the age, read the directions on the tubes of wormers , there are a few foal wormers out there too. A foal can start to creep feed as early as a few weeks old. My 3.5 month olds are eating about a pound of grain a day, hay and green grass, and drinking water too.
Thank you for your response. Looks like the foal is about 3 months old. We took a small bucket of the grain/supplements mix we use on our endurance horses to the mare this morning. We found an empty bucket in the field so it looks like she is getting something aside from grazing. Problem could be worms. I called a vet who told me I could get sued for feeding a horse I don't own or for trespassing, sick isn't it?! Called the SPCA who said they would get something going on Monday.
Liz, it sounds as if maybe your husbands client's neighbor has taken this mare in because the original mare owner was not caring for her ?? Thats how i am reading your original post ??? In that case it might be better to talk to the current owner of the field , as if maybe they are trying to do good by her, by bringing her in and feeding her and getting her off the rocks and contacting the spca may hurt the situation. If the information that you get from the field owner is different, then I would proceed with other options. It sounds as if the field owner may be doing some good as it looks as if the mare is getting some sort of grain, with having a freshly placed bucket out in the field ... be careful too, with feeding her extra can cause colic or founder if she is not use to the amounts she is getting. Feed/grain needs to be increased in a slow manner. good luck, let me know how things turn out.
Hi, my vet said the baby should be wormed with double the weight, a foal weighing 125 would be given wormer for a 250 pound horse, at one month, two , three , and four months, alternating strongid and safeguard. My mare can be wormed regular. Karen
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