my mare just had her first foal yeasterday morning and i've never had a foal before so everything i see that's not normal i start to freak out about. what are some normal things that happen to mares who have just foaled? so far i'm worried about her vaginal area because it's swollen, bruised and she has discharge. also, when the colt first started to nurse she didn't care but now when he nurses she squeals.
Hi Rebecca, The swelling is quite normal and should go down after a day or two, depending on how difficult the foaling was. If you don't see any tears, don't panic. As for the discharge...what does it look like? A bit of bloody stuff is not uncommon, but look out for pus. Was the placenta all intact? I'd recommend washing her daily to stop the discharge from getting on her udder. And for her comfort. As for the squealing, I'd not worry as long as she's not kicking out. Many mares do this for a few days, and having had a child, I can understand why. LOl. Don't feel bad about worrying. It shows you care. And feel free to ask anything you need to know. That's how we learn.
well, the foaling was un-eventful, she just needed some help getting the shoulders out. placenta was intact and was expelled in 45 min. the discharge was a light red color and now looks like watered down blood, it's an amber color. she hasn't ever kicked at him, just pins her ears and squeals. he's just so rough! banging and pulling. i don't know how she does it!
Sometimes for a new mom it takes a bit for the letdown to happen. And if her udder is real full there is a bit of pain and if there are any cracks happening that too can be painful. Just make sure that her skin is ok and that there are no breaks or tears in the tissue. When the udder is full until a bit starts to flow and the udder softens up it can cause some discomfort. Otherwise all should be ok
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