Foaling Mares

Foaling Mares - FoalingMares AN161 Spring,2006...

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Foaling Mares AN 161 Spring, 2006
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Keep good records! Breeding date(s) Expected foaling date(s) Normal gestation ~330-350 days Estimated due date as 340 days from last  breeding
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Pregnant mare Last trimester of  pregnancy, need to  address increased  nutritional needs ~1 month before  due date, vaccinate  mare—assures  good antibody levels  in colostrum
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Caslick’s Vulvoplasty in mares  with poor conformation Must  be opened before  foaling Usually 2-4 weeks  before due date Otherwise can end up  with nasty perineal  tearing!
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Foaling stall Large Well ventilated  Safe! What’s wrong with  this stall?
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Bedding  Straw preferable to  shavings Avoid green  sawdust Klebsiella  Make sure floor isn’t  too slippery Stay with straw for  at least 2 weeks
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Signs of impending foaling Udder development Beginning ~30 days  out “waxing up”
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Impending foaling Softening of  ligaments/muscle  relaxation Decreased tail tone Relaxation of vulva
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