Hello there! I'm new to this board, and have been browsing the internet to try to find out information to help my very pregnant mare - Serenity.
I have 6 horses total, and im not really positive as to how this occured except that In June 2008 I was given a 2 1/2 old gelding from my cousin because he couldn't afford the upkeep. Then came a 9 month old filly - Noaha - and Exsavior (5 yr old gelding) that I've had since July 2008. A couple weeks ago, I got Baby 10yr old lead mare) Holly, 8 yr old rescued arabian mare (who spooks on her left side since she lost her left eye to an abusive owner) and then there is Serenity a very pregnant mare that I took because I could not bare to see her the way she was. Neglected and very pregnant. She is mama to Noaha, and I believe she'll foal out end of January/February, but not real sure since I don't know when she was bred. I talked to my neighbors a bit, and some friends familiar with this mare.
Serenity rejected Noaha totally and would not allow her to feed, so Noaha was bottle fed (and survived)
I personally have never owned mares before, and have never experienced, I have owed several geldings that I took in, trained and then sold as pleasure horses. So I'm facing a new experience.
Serenity comes to me, under weight, under nourished and I have no idea about shots. Bad hooves (probably hasn't seen a farrier in years) and hungry (OMG so hungry) she. I started out on all the hay and water she could eat/drink, then started her on some mare/foal special feed, along with some mare/foal vitamins. Although you can plainly see her huge (and I mean HUGE) belly, with swollen bag and teats) You can obviously see her hindquarters and she boney.
I have introduced myself to her, and she seems accustomed to me and her surroundings. She's probably extremely happy to have me feed her. However, every time i try to get close to her underside, she moves away. From my understanding, this is what she did to Noaha - her foal (which I now have). She wouldnn't allow noaha to suckle.
I am hoping to get her accustom to this so that she will allow her new foal to suckle, because I really don't want to bottle feed every two hours, and we know colustrum is best for baby.
If Serenity is a young mare she may just not understand what is going on. One of the tricks I sometime use if we have a mare that doesn't like her bag messed with is to try and hot towel it. Seems wierd, but it appears to be soothing to the mare. You need to practice, practice, and practice some more with her before the foal gets here. When the foal arrives a nice dose of Promace would probally help her adjust to motherhood. We use Ace on most of our maiden mares just to help them relax and get used to that hairy little invader that is trying to attack her. We work with thoroughbreds and they get 2cc IV and 2cc IM and it takes the edge of for about 8 to 10 hours. You may want to discuss the proper dosage for your mare with your vet so you will be prepared. Some mares just don't have the maternal instict and have to be taught. Then again some won't take a foal no matter what you do. If you spend some time with the mare and foal she may take it. She might even suprise you and be the best mother in the world from the beginning.
Good Luck from KY.
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