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New foal from mare - no idea she was pregnant

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Sherri Denney
Neonate
Username: Rosiemom

Post Number: 1
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 12:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looking for advise on feeding lactating mare. I did not intend to breed this horse and am totally uneducated on breeding and foaling.

History below, but main question is how long do I need to continue supplemental hay and grain?

I awoke to a foal in pasture 3 days ago. Mare was apparently 1 - 2 weeks pregnant (unknown to me) when I purchased her in early July. She had horrible disposition and I suspected prior abuse - decided to let her live peacefully and ride my geldings.
She has been on fescue pasture with supplemental hay through winter - fescue alone since mid April.
Baby is great - mare retained placenta - vet has checked out and we are ok.
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 2446
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 02:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

WOW Sherri....welcome to the board! Congrats on the foal...nothing like you expected..hope that you are able to bond with it and find joy in this experience. You are very lucky that the foal was born without a problem. A retained placenta is a bummer but at least the vet took care of that...

She will need to be supplemented heavily the first 8 weeks...I feed alfalfa free choice for the first couple of months. That is when the milk production is the most. Did your mare have a good udder going? Producing lots of milk? Sometimes fescue can cause a problem with milk production. Maybe now she will settle down.

Is it a colt or filly and would love to see picutures!
 

Sherri Denney
Neonate
Username: Rosiemom

Post Number: 2
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 11:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the info. She is producing milk, not as much as we'd like. Vet put her on antibiotics and paste to increase milk. We have added 16% Mare and Foal to the alfalfa.

They are both doing great. It was a colt and he is hilarious.

Didn't know what fun he would be - will send pix soon.
 

Kathee McGuire
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Katheekj

Post Number: 1459
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 10:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What a reverse for this site! Most people are staring themselves crazy waiting on babies and yours was brought by the horse stork! I am glad to hear everything is going well. Good luck!
 

Sherri Denney
Neonate
Username: Rosiemom

Post Number: 3
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 11:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pictures of "Little Blaze"


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Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 2454
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 11:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Darling colt!!
 

Kathee McGuire
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Katheekj

Post Number: 1465
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 11:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Your foal is beautiful. Is it a filly or colt? What a suprise that must have been!
 

Sherri Denney
Neonate
Username: Rosiemom

Post Number: 4
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009 - 01:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is a colt -- we hadn't seen it was a boy and told vet we would name her Rachel - he told us about looking under tail since he wasn't showing his stuff yet!!!
Let him run around in pasture today - it is too funny - his Mom become normal again - we hadn't been able to touch her in months --- she got her mane cut and a bath (smells much better) - farrier this week!
 

Kathee McGuire
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Katheekj

Post Number: 1467
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009 - 11:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sounds like her disposition problem may be cured! Other than the nutritional aspect of not having a mare & foal feed, being turned out and left alone was probably in her favor. In the end...it looks like everything worked out well!
 

Deb Anderson
Breeding Stock
Username: Bobs_mom

Post Number: 101
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009 - 06:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

wow - congrats! I am a HUGE sucker for a sorrel and your new (unexpected) baby is Awesome!!)

I love having a baby around - they are so fun and entertaining. Our new filly thinks she can "move" a tree - - it was soooooo funny as she head butted it, fell backwards, got back up and took after it again :-):-) Her full brother was so casual and easy going, loved attention, always wanted to be loved..........Reba on the other hand is DEFINITELY not her brother :-)
 

Ad TB
Breeding Stock
Username: Ajvtbs

Post Number: 821
Registered: 01-2009
Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009 - 06:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Congrats, what a nice surprise
 

Cjskip
Breeding Stock
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 906
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 02:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Deb, sure there isn't some "goat" in there somewhere?

I agree with Kathee-most of us have to wait and wait and wait...but I guess I'd rather do that than get a surprise. So glad he is healthy. Hope his mama's milk issues resolve soon.

Have FUN with your little guy. They grow so fast!



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