First - Thanks and kudos to Jonathan who gave me the best advice last month on helping Serenity, my expecting mare to nurse her foal.
For those who don't know, Serenity came to me a couple months ago (Late November) very under nourished and expecting. Having never owned a mare before, wasn't real sure of what to do, or even if the foal would make it. She was extremely neglected. We also have her first foal Noah, who was bottle fed because Serenity would not allow her to nurse.
Since we obtained her, we tried to give her everything she needed and pick her weight up as much as possible, special feed, special hay, special vitamins, (Which wasn't easy since she was extremely apprehensive about humans - She trusted no one and trusted nothing) As time went by, and my best efforts of training, still didn't know what to do about the nursing issue, because I couldn't even get close to the teats as she would shy away. This is where this board and "Jonathan" came in.
Per Jonathan's advice and some time and effort, we practiced, and practiced, and practiced some more.... (LOL)
Thought I have maybe until mid February to keep practicing, but I guess Serenity didn't want to wait that long...
Serentiy foaled January 30, 2009. That morning, she was acting funny, so I decided to switch my work shifts to be home and watch her (because I was concerned about her and she refused to eat anything - even the feed she loves so much).
Went to work and came home about midnight, and Serenity was just standing there making noises and looking at me. I went to check on her, and WOW, I mean Serenity couldn't get close enough to me, I was petting her and she was hugging and resting her head on my shoulder. She took two steps back then her water broke and there pops out a hoof.
This being my first and only mare, on top of my first experience in foaling, (I've only had and trained geldings)
I got to experience the foaling - but I was on pins and needles, not even sure if the foal would make it due to the prior neglect of the previous owner.
Into her foaling stall she went, layed down, and as I stroked her head and neck, she foaled. Baby was standing within an hour, everything was there, no physical deformities (felt like I was counting fingers and toes)After that placenta passed within 10 minutes, and momma rested and I got to be with both momma and foal. Foal stood within 2 hours, and then the triumph, NURSING. It took quite a few tries, and repositioning the foals butt and keeping it from trying to suck on the mare's hind leg, but she found it, and there it was. Yippie!
All our efforts paid off - both are healthy and doing well, and no bottle feeding needed. The vet arrived in the morning to check things out, and was just as excited as I was (She was just as worried about both of them as me) to find Serenity doing so well and the foal being so healthy and big.
Day 2 was even better as I got to see the little one prance around in the paddock testing her legs out!!
A really nice, robust looking foal! You don't sound like a novice at all Michelle-Congrats on doing a great job.
And yeh, we all love Jonathan!
Please note that opinions, product information, advice or suggestions posted on this bulletin board are not necessarily those of the management at Equine-Reproduction.com nor does the maintenance of the post position indicate an implicit or any endorsement of that information, opinion or product.
Further, although we have the greatest respect for the posters offering assistance here, you are advised to seek a consultation with your veterinarian prior to using information obtained from this board if it is of a veterinary nature.Proud to be sponsored and supported by: