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Mare without milk on day 4!

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tiffanie bennett
Neonate
Username: Benntiffanie

Post Number: 7
Registered: 04-2008
Posted on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 - 06:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare foaled at 1:45 am on Thursday. It is a first foal, and was a near tragic delivery. Both the mare and foal ended up being ok. The foal had to be placed on antibiotics immediately due to concerns about lack of colostorum. He failed the IGG test the next day and had to recieve plasma. We have been bottle feeding since he got here. I have had the mare on 5 mls of Equidone since the foal arrived. She is still not milking. Heat packs and massage of her bags has not helped. She allows the foal to attempt nursing, and he has not given up on nursing off of her. I was wondering if there are any other suggestions to help stimulate milk. Also, does anybody know how long it can take for milk to come in before we just determine that it is not going to happen? I will also note that the mare has always been 100% current on all routine care and feeding requirements.
 

natalie tucker
Yearling
Username: Boondockfarm

Post Number: 56
Registered: 10-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 08:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i'm new to the world of foaling i read aboutthis when i found out my mare was pregnant. they use it for horses that have fescue toxisity. i read where you said that she had proper nutrition but you could ask your vet about the domperidone. it is a highly contoversial drug but i read alot of good things about it but s with anything there are side effects. any way good luck and i hope this helps. i know how stressful it is when some thing happens.
 

Leonard Kistner
Weanling
Username: Len

Post Number: 41
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 08:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would start looking for a Nursemare. At day 4-5 , its a little late to hope for milk. If your going to raise the foal other than a Nursemare, it will need a companion. A foal would be the number one choice if you can get one.
 

Ad TB
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Ajvtbs

Post Number: 1047
Registered: 01-2009
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 08:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've had this problem with two mares this year and both eventually produced milk, this is what I did
Domperidone twice daily until the milk developed
Cocoa powder in feed
Four feeds a day
Plenty of fresh grass
Allow the foal to suck and only give him the bottle after sucking the mare as the sucking stimulates milk production

If no milk is coming in by day 4-5 you might need to consider geting a foster/nurse mare



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