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Engorgement/weaning

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noahsark
Yearling
Username: Noahsark

Post Number: 59
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Thursday, November 01, 2007 - 03:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I separated my 6 month colt from mama yesterday, they can still see eachother but cant get to eachother, because I have a limited set up...Mama is SO engorged, is there ANYTHING I can do to relieve her, I remeber from breastfeeding my son 4 years ago what its like, and sure would love to help her...how long does it take to dry up?
Thank you anyone in advance
Chrisitne
 

Cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 454
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Thursday, November 01, 2007 - 03:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Are you feeding her? She should not have had any grain for about a week prior to weaning and up to two weeks post weaning and at that point you slowly reintroduce food. Is she in foal for next year? If not you can use some steroids like Dexamethasone or Naquasone.
 

Jan Owen
Breeding Stock
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 844
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, November 01, 2007 - 04:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was in the same situation and I just made sure my mare was getting out..Light riding/exercise helps along with what Cathy says to do.
 

Lisa R.
Breeding Stock
Username: Lisa98

Post Number: 177
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Thursday, November 01, 2007 - 05:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We didn't withhold feed and our mares were fine. We worked them lightly daily and hosed thier udders with cold water. Neither had any trouble. Since we are at a major boarding barn the withholding of feed just wasn't a viable option. In the future I think I'll try that though.
 

judy cervantes
Weanling
Username: Judy

Post Number: 21
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Thursday, November 01, 2007 - 11:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

HI,EVERYONE I WAS JUST READING ON WEANING YOU ARE SAYING TO WITHHOLD FEED,DO YOU MEAN GRAIN ???YOUR NOT TALKING ABOUT HAY ....ARE YOU,SORRY IF THIS IS A STUPID QUESRION,BUT I JUST WANT TO BE CLEAR.THANK YOU
 

Tracy Smith
Breeding Stock
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 262
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Friday, November 02, 2007 - 01:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Judy, I just withhold grain. I turn my mare out in a dry lot during this time and give her hay but no grain or rich pasture. I've never had a problem drying a mare up. My vet was the one that recommended no grain and I have heard others back this up so there must be some truth to this :-)
 

Dorthy Brown
Breeding Stock
Username: Dodib

Post Number: 207
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, November 02, 2007 - 01:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Same I took away my mares grain she was on pasture and got hay. Exercised daily and it only took like a couple days for her udder to relax some and not be so engorged.
 

Cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 456
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Saturday, November 03, 2007 - 06:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just take grain away and leave on pasture. The pacing the mare does looking for her foal is usually adequate exercise. We don't ride since many of our mares are 15 plus years old.
 

judy cervantes
Weanling
Username: Judy

Post Number: 22
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Saturday, November 03, 2007 - 06:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

THANKS TRACY,DORTHY AND CATHY.THAT CLEARS IT UP FOR ME,ALTHOUGH DICE IS ONLY 6 MONTH PREG,SO I WONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT FOR AWHILE.
 

Cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 459
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Saturday, November 03, 2007 - 07:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Shoot I have mares in foal for January foals who I wean in August! Just depleting grain from an already healthy horse does not cause any risk no matter what. They have no grain in the wild.
 

Beverly
Weanling
Username: Iluvhorses

Post Number: 32
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 11:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You all might think this is crazy but if you wean by the moon signs that also helps. I have done this & the mares udder doesn't get as hard & sore & the foals seem more relaxed also
 

Cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 468
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My grandfather used to do that, but I just wean when I have the time and found it to work just as well.



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