This mare is 14 years old and 10 months pregnant. Her back had dipped somewhat - does this often come back up after delivery? I would like to use her as a riding horse after foaling. Also, her butt sucks in somewhat (so she has a caslick), is this caused by all of her pregnancies (she has had 6) or is it probably just a conformation fault? Also, she has been on fescue, is it too late to pull her off fescue and give her the medication to counteract fescue toxicity? I know these are a lot of questions, but any advice anyone can give would be greatly apprecited!
Christina, Considering she is 14 years old and if she has had quite a number of foals, you can expect that she may stay somewhat sway backed. Sucking air, necessitating the use of a caslicks, is a conformation issue. If she has been on fescue, she would need to be pulled from it immediately. I believe the recommended time for pulling mares off fescue is at approx. 300 days to ensure proper milk production. Also, you must realize that a lot of times mares on fescue also have a thickened membrane around the foal, so it would be extremely important to make sure someone is there for the foaling so they can tear the sac from the foal when it is born.
As I understand it, not all fescue is toxic. You should have your pastures tested. You can look up where/how online. If I suspected fescue toxicity, I would not put the mare on that grass at all.
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