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Very Protective Mare....New Foal

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McKay
Neonate
Username: Mckay

Post Number: 2
Registered: 04-2008
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 09:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello all!

I have been lurking on this board and have learned so much from you all. My miniature mare, Maggie, had a foal last night - woooo hoooo!! We woke up to a beautiful little foal. Maggie is a maiden miniature mare who is very skiddish so I was very worried she would not accept the foal to nurse, etc.

Fortunately (I think???), I have the opposite problem. She is extremely protective. I went in the pen to dip the baby's cord and see if it was a filly or colt. I was very slow, approached the mom first. The baby did not seem to mind being petted, but the mama was watching very nervously. When I reached under to feel for the cord to quickly dip, the mama turned and kicked me.

To her credit, I could tell it was a warning shot. She kicked my arm. It was hard, but not as hard as she could have done it. At that point, I could tell she was too upset to continue and did not want to hurt the bond. I talked softly to her and got out of the way.

Here are my questions:

1) When I felt for the stump to dip the cord, I did not feel anything mid belly. A little farther back, I felt something but I am wondering if I felt little stallion parts instead of the cord. Any guesses? I am sure there is a cord there somewhere though!

2) Is it better to not dip the cord and let the two bond or should I get a little more insistent on getting it done? We put extra straw down and keep the area nice, but I know that even a few germs can cause a big problem.

3) How would you proceed with this mare? She is extremely protective - which is good - she has really let the baby nurse lots and lots. I am very happy not to have the opposite problem.

Thanks for any ideas! I have never had one this protective before.

McKay
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 1475
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 10:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Welcome Mc Kay! and Congrats! The best way to tell if it is a filly or colt is lift up that tail :-) There will be girl parts or no parts :-) She is doing what she knows but you need to dip the stump. Can she be haltered? I have a friend who has a nasty mother mare and she halters her by her feed bin with great treats in there and momma's appetite is great due to feeding her baby and then she can work with the baby. Good Luck and Post!
 

McKay
Neonate
Username: Mckay

Post Number: 3
Registered: 04-2008
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 12:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank you for your reply! I finally got her out of the stall with some grain while I went in. She could see her baby but she was MAD. The grain trick did work, though. It was really good I went in - he was having trouble passing his meconium and I gave him a fleet enema which really helped. I also got the stump dipped. Relief....now I can just watch them enjoy each other! She was sure happy to be reunited with him. I really appreciate the help!!
 

Jenni Luttrell
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bugrace2000

Post Number: 1020
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 03:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare was the same way and I needed to give Catcher an enema as well. I had my husband hold her wich was a chore than I juat quickly did what had to be done to baby. After that I just spent my time with moma stealing a scratch or two from over her back. It been almost 2 wks and Nugget is much much better not nearly as agressive. She even seems to like the kids pestering her and Catcher the first 2 days she came at everyone and everything teeth bared if it got near baby
 

McKay
Neonate
Username: Mckay

Post Number: 5
Registered: 04-2008
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 08:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank you! That gives me hope. We love this little one so much, and mama, too!
 

Jonathan Smith
Breeding Stock
Username: Kynwatch

Post Number: 109
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 09:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

McKay

Congratulations. I would take overprotective any day over not wanting it. Of course I love a good mother no matter how much she would like to hurt me.
 

Emily S
Breeding Stock
Username: Cowgrl88

Post Number: 214
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 11:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I had to have my vet help me give my foal the enema today because Berra's overprotective of him. She doesn't come at me or anything, she just gets nervous and upset if her baby moves away from her.



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