I have a 13 year old mare that foaled about 24 hours ago. Leading up to foaling, she was off her feed and didn't show much interest but would pick at it until it was gone. Since foaling (normal delivery) she has continued to be off of her feed and seems to be in some discomfort. The vet came out Monday morning and checked her out and she is normal in every way - Temp, heartrate, gut sounds, but she remains depressed acting. Is this common with mares that have very large foals? The vet gave her banamine and it seems to perk her up for a while, but soon wore off. I may be paranoid, as I lost a mare two weeks ago to a twisted intestine, just three weeks from delivery date .
Mares often have post-foaling pain that leave them reluctant to eat and/or pass manure. Your paranoia is well warranted because mares showing additional discomfort can develop serious issues.
I had a similar problem with my mare this year. She just wasn't right. Still attentive to her foal, but not eating well, and not enough poop in her stall. She would then circle slowly and quit. On and off it would go. The vet had me give banamine injections several times a day, as all other vital signs were normal. 4th vet visit out I was having fits...kept rolling her eyes at me. By then, my foal was acting fussy too...hungry all the time.
Years ago I almost lost a mare post foaling because of impaction. Ended up hospitalized, pumping 20 liters of LRS IV into her to save her life.
I explained this to my vet, and pretty much demanded "the whole nine yards". She said that since she was there, that she'd go ahead and tube/oil her, palpate her, and give some fluids. Good thing, because my mare was impacting (I was right)...but wasn't showing full blown symptoms because she was too busy caring for her baby.
The next morning my mare was doing well, but ended up hauling them both to a critical care facility. I referred myself...didn't even go through my normal vet (but knew she'd send me there regardless). The stress of low grade colic for 3 days in my mare dropped her lactation enough to cause serious constipation in the foal. So, I had to take him there for hospitalization, bloodwork, fluid treatment, gastroguard, and enemas. We also had to start the mare on a $$$ medication to boost milk production.
Granted, none of this may have any correlation to your mare....but don't ever take NO for an answer. If I hadn't put my foot down, I could have lost one or both of them. You know your mare better than anyone. If you think she's not right...she probably isn't. There is nothing wrong with insisting more from your vet (I work for a vet, they don't mind..really). Keep us updated.
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