My little guy is robust at the moment, but had issues learning to nurse. He is 4 days old. I noticed last night that my mare's bag is soft. Still has fullness to it, but not like before.
I've been letting her out because she is antsy in her stall. But she is an easy keeper-never been a big eater. Prefers to graze on dry grass. During the night, she eats about a foot high stack of alfalfa. A little will be left over in the morning. During the day, she doesn't eat much more alfalfa. I cannot feed her in the pasture as other animals will eat it.
I give her about 12-14 pounds of grain a day. She doesn't always eat it all. I've started putting molasses on it agin today, to get her to eat and drink more. I am keeping her in today, except that I plan to let her out for a few hours late afternoon, to strretch her legs and let little guy run around.
I'm thinking that within about four hours after this mornings feeding, I should know if my plan is working. In other words, if she eats more and produces more milk, little one will nurse more and she will continue to produce milk.
If she doesn't get more milk within about four hours, I think I should call the vet.
Is my thinking solid? Should I do something different? I definitely don't want to wait too long.
I wish i could offer some advice like you have from me, all i can say - and sorry if this sounds daft, i am breatfeeding at the moment, i suppose us mammals are similar, if the baby is drinking well they never look or feel full and dont fill up well inbetween feeds, but there is always an on-tap supply even when you would think he has drunk it dry, it still comes. the baby is a chubby monster so it might be your little guy is a good eater rather than the mare being a poor milker, it is supply and demand.
cj ,i thought the same thing about my mares milk supply but the vet said she was fine,dice does not have much of a bag at all,but the foal is peeing alot so i know he is getting milk,so i would not worry about her milk if the foal is peeing and gaining weight.hope this helps you.
DUHH is Tim's annacronim (sp?) for "Dysfunctional Undelivered Horse Handler's Syndrome." LOL Sure fits! Tim is a very experienced man that has shared his fabulous knowledge with the rest of us. Jonathan works with him and has also contributed a great deal as well. Check out some of the other threads. DUHH was born under the thread, "Who is seeing the signs that their mare is about to foal?" Might not be the exact title, but very close. Have fun. Lots of humor there. Will give you a good laugh and you will probably learn something too!
In fact, you can see the posts I submitted, while awaiting my baby-worrying and waiting! LOL
Update: I kept my mare in her corral most of the day and made sure she had plenty of alfalfa and of course, clean, cool water. I checked on her about four hours later and her bag was fuller and the baby seems to be nursing better. He doesn't seem overly hungry and is taking his naps.
And for those of you who saw my post about my "dummy" foal, he no longer lets his tongue hang out of the side of his mouth. So I do believe he will be fine!
So all is well! Thanks again for your thoughts and concern.
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