29.10.2015

Horse pregnancy info

About 2 weeks before foaling, you will see her pregnant belly move from a hanging position to a position that fills out her flank area. Try to find someone who is experienced with foaling mares with whom you can spend some time to learn the details that are missed in books and information pages.
Some mares can become overprotective or 'foal proud' and aggressive toward people or other horses.
Have adequate roughage (hay or pasture) so the mare can eat as she pleases - horses are 'trickle feeders', and should have access to roughage AT ALL TIMES.
If she is a riding horse, you can ride her lightly up to basically when she foals, but it's totally up to you.


Treat it like a small horse - bad behavior like nipping, mouthing or barging that is tolerated in a 'cute foal' will become dangerous as the horse grows up. This should be a horse vet experienced with foal work, NOT the small animal vet who sees your dog or cat. It is better not to put her in with another horse as this may make her anxious (mares will naturally leave the herd to foal alone) and occasionally some mares try to 'steal' other mares' foals. This is NOT good for pregnant mares for the last 3 months of their pregnancy, it causes the sack to become so tough, that the foal is unable to get out, and will die if no one is there to help. Most recently, she’s been working on editing How to Tell if a Cow or Heifer Is Pregnant to make some improvements based on reader feedback and questions.


This applies to all horses, particularly in stables, and reduces the incidence of gut ulcers and colic. Even another horse approaching out of curiosity can make the mare stand up earlier than she otherwise would, breaking the umbilical cord early and depriving the foal of the cord blood it should receive. Her needs will change as the pregnancy progresses, follow the advice on the product packaging.



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