Here are some tips from my favorite website Liverystable.net:
Foal Vaccinations and Worming Schedule
AQHA Rules and Helpful Hints on Registering Foals (not sure if your mare and stud used are Quarter Horses):
Putting a Halter on A Foal for the First Time
Trailer Loading Techniques
And a lot more horse topics and advice...
http://www.liverystable.netDo you have any tips or advice?
Thank you all for your answers they were all very helpful! :D -Andygirl2012
First i would like to say CONGRATS on your foal!!!!!!!! Well your mare being pregnant lol. YEA!!!
So far i think you are doing just fine. But you could also give your mare mineral blocks for extra protien and give her a little hay. You have all the shots so you are fine. Make sure she is on Fescue grass. Also if she doesnt produce an udder near the end of her term you can get a shot for that.
i have a great web site with awesome people that will be able to help you with any type of question, how and what to feed, baby training, questions you have through out your mares pregnancy.
theres the link to all the topics. if you clink in one that you think that will help you then there will a lot of started ones. you can start your own by scrolling down and then clicking new thread. you will need to become a member but thats easy. Good luck and hope to see you there. im waiting to see if my mare is pregnant. she would be 8 months. she is getting checked in two months to see for sure.
Oh also every one in the board has raised horses so they know exactly what they are doing and give exaclent advice!
GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY FOALING TIMES!
oh and a normal gestition isnt 11 months. i thought it was till i went on the borad. it is from 320 to 370 some one on the borad had a foal a couple months ago and she went to day 433 isnt that long!
Hope to see you there!!!
What did your vet recommend? That's always the best place to start. ;) Was she just now checked in foal? Another ultrasound (or more!) along the way is nice to insure the mare hasn't absorbed and that the pregnancy is progressing well. I always have two done - one to check in foal, and one to make really, really sure there aren't twins in there (I'm paranoid, I admit it!) and to be sure the baby is still in there and progressing normally.
The mare should stay on her regular worming schedule. Vaccinations are the same except for the rhino - she needs to get the *killed* virus vaccine at 5, 7 and 9 months. The regular rhino shot is not suitable for pregnant mares. Her nutrition needs don't change much until the last trimester. Without knowing what she eats now it's hard to recommend any changes.
The book 'Blessed Are The Broodmares' was a godsend when I had my first broodie. You definitely need to know what to expect and when the vet needs to be called well before the due date.
Hopefully you've got some experienced back-up ready to give advice and help with the baby.
im so jealous!
worming and vaccinations you should get advice from a vet. other then that sounds like your doing a great job. good luck.
Just cause they're cuter than buttons but don't let the colt get away with biting or kicking, it isn't as cute when he still does it at 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9... and on and on.
since this is ';your'; first foal, make sure to discuss with your vet the ideas that you have questions about, and what you have researched. write them down. when your vet comes out again, run these ideas by him. he wont have alot of time to answer evrything, but may be able to give you advice or literature with FACTUAL information that is safe for your new foal. I'm sure you will get alot of good advice here, but how will you know for sure, unless you run it by your vet. best of luck!!
Deworm her every 2-3 months (possibly as often as every six weeks if you are in a heavily infested area) rotating wormers to prevent resistance. Vaccinations vary depending on the diseases that are more predominant in certain areas. Generally, you want to vaccinate about 2 months before the due date so the mare has time to build up immunity that can be passed on to the foal via colostrum. Broodmares need at least a 14% feed with plenty of forage and possibly swapped to a 16% nearer to partuition. After foaling, the mare will need to be kept on a 16% feed to maintain her weight and produce enough milk for the foal. As soon as the foal is born, make sure to dip the navel in iodine solution to prevent joint ill. Then leave mom and baby alone for a couple of hours to bond and for the foal to nurse. Shortly thereafter, begin rubbing baby, picking up feet, possibly even running clippers around it to begin imprint training.