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Is my foal getting enough milk?

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emma brown
Neonate
Username: Bjapps

Post Number: 1
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 05:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare deliverd a beautiful bay filly yesterday on Easter sunday! This is my first foaling. I have seen the filly nurse but Im not sure if she is getting enough. The mare seems to be tender and squeals and raises her hind leg when the foal goes to nurse. She doesnt push the foal away. How can I tell if the foal is getting enough milk? The mare is barely green broke. So she doesnt do too good with me or anyone touching her back there. So any advice is helpful thanks!
 

Colleen Beck
Breeding Stock
Username: Gypsycreations

Post Number: 114
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 06:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Emma, your mare sounds normal. They usually are tender the first few days and the raising a leg and squealing is very typical. The fact that she isn't pushing the foal away is good. You can have the vet run an IgG test on her to make sure her antibodies are good. Unless your foal is acting hungry, I wouldn't worry too much.
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 187
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 07:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is normal, you are okay.
 

Nancy McGee
Breeding Stock
Username: Ndv101

Post Number: 210
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 08:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Emma my mare foaled yesterday too. She is doing the exact same thing. Vet was out today and both mom and baby are doing great. Foal was tested and is in the excellent range. Do not worry he is fine.
 

emma brown
Neonate
Username: Bjapps

Post Number: 2
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 09:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks to everyone for the advice. The filly that we named LILLY like the Easter Lilly. Seems to be doing ok. She is nursing about every 20-30 min. Is that a good range? She is active when the mare will bring her out of the barn. I had to make her come out this morning so I could make sure the baby was active enough. She was running around and nosing into everything. Sucked on my finger so I think she is getting enough milk. Boy I sure hope so. I did call the vet and she said Lilly seemes to be doing good. May have her to come out this week.
 

Sharon Malmberg
Breeding Stock
Username: Ryu2832

Post Number: 176
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If they are on their feet looking tired trying to nurse, they aren't getting enough. Berry would think about going to sleep then get up and go try to nurse again.

(All turned out fine. Ruby let down a full bag a couple days later. Berry us 1year 5 days and 16 hands now!)



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