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Q: Which bedding is best to use when your mare is due to foal?
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What can happen if a horse goes past their due date to foal?

If a mare is 4-8 days late, don't sweat it. However, if you're mare is 9-12 days late, CALL YOUR VET! Something could be wrong with the mare or the foal or BOTH!


If your horse was bred on June 17 2007 when is the foal due?

Horses gestate for 11 months. You have time to plan. mares are usually in foal about 11 months, roughly. so if your mare was bred on June 17,07 the foal should be due around the early part of may.


What age should you wean a foal?

It is best to wait until a foal is at least 6 months of age before weaning. Weaning a foal anytime before that can result in many problems, not just nutritional but psychological as well. All mares and foals differ. Most foals will begin to lose interest on their own but if a foal continues to want to nurse, and the mare allows it, it is completely understandable for a foal to nurse up to 8 months old. (In the wild, mustang mares will often allow their foal to nurse up to 1 year old, or about 2 weeks before she gives birth to her next foal). In domesticated horses, where people have some control, it is best to not allow a foal to nurse over the age of 8 months due to concerns about the mares health and well being.


What can you do if your mare has no milk after giving birth?

1. Insure that the foal receives adequate colostrum from another source before 12 hours post foaling (there is some debate on the length of time the foal can absorb the important antibodies from colostrum and old information puts the time at 24 hours. However, the soonercolostrum is "on board" the better.) Possible sources could be from another breeder, a colostrum bank, your veterinarian, a veterinary teaching hospital or a veterinary supply. 2. First foal mares are often slow to lactate and may require a drug called domperidone, which will stimulate milk production. Milk can be allowed to increase naturally but foal may also need supplementation to insure it has adequate nutrition until this increase occurs. 3. Contact your veterinarian for a post foaling exam for both the mare and foal. This is especially important if you are a novice breeder or the mare has foaled much earlier or much later than her expected due date. Even if the mare foals within the normal gestational range the foal can be dismature (foal shows the signs of being premature even though they are full term).


Are pregnant mares supposed to go into season?

Pregnant mares do not go into season. Due to hormonal spikes, it is common for pregnant mares to display almost identical behavior to a mare in heat, by 'winking' and urinating towards stallions or interested geldings. However if a stallion makes any attempt to mount her, she will attack him. You should keep her well away from the stallion. An experienced stallion who has been used to keep a herd of mares in foal for several years learns to tell the difference between a mare in heat and a pregnant mare. He will not try to mount a pregnant mare, no matter how eager she seems, because he knows she will not stand for service. However a young stallion, or one who only comes into contact with mares to cover them, will not know the difference and she could hurt him. If you want your mare pregnant you should have the vet check that she is indeed in foal. If she's not, the sooner you cover her again the better. Most studs offer a live foal guarantee, meaning that if your mare does not become pregnant, aborts, or gives birth to a foal that cannot stand and nurse, they will provide a second tube of semen or a second service for free.

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What bedding is best to use when your mare is due to foal on Howrse?

On Howrse, straw and flax are the best bedding for a mare who is due to foal.


What bedding is best to use when your mare is due to foal?

For Howrse, it's straw.


How can you lose a foal on Howrse?

The only way to lose a foal on howrse is by not calling the vet on the day your mare is due to give birth.


When is your horse due to have her colt?

A mare is usually due to foal about 11 to 12 months after being bred to a stallion.


What happens if you don't have enough money on howrse to get the vet when your about to foal?

If you cannot call the vet on your mare's due date due to having little money, then you will lose the foal and a karma point.


What can happen if a horse goes past their due date to foal?

If a mare is 4-8 days late, don't sweat it. However, if you're mare is 9-12 days late, CALL YOUR VET! Something could be wrong with the mare or the foal or BOTH!


If your horse was bred on June 17 2007 when is the foal due?

Horses gestate for 11 months. You have time to plan. mares are usually in foal about 11 months, roughly. so if your mare was bred on June 17,07 the foal should be due around the early part of may.


When is a mare too old to breed on howrse?

A mare is never to old to breed. If she is immortal, she can breed forever, if she is not immortal, you have to be aware of the fact that she might die due to low health after 25 years old, meaning the foal will disappear along with the mare if she dies.


You just bought a 6yr old miniature horse that is pregnant and due in late May you need to know how much you should feed her?

What you reg. feed her until the foal is born then up her feed and give her a good mare and foal feed.


How do you call for the veterinary in Howrse?

On the day your mare is due to foal, a link to call the vet will appear to the bottom right of her page. Until then you don't need to do anything at all.


If a mare was breed on May 26 2008 when is she due?

The gestation period of a horse is 340 days on average, with 320 to 370 days being normal. Taking that into account, the mare would be due on May 2, though the foal can be born anywhere between April 11 and May 31.


Is it safe for a horse to carry a foal longer?

A mare can carry her foal a little while longer than her due-date. After a few weeks it can get dangerous, and if a month has passed, there should be definite action taken. Just remember horse-gestation is about 11 months!

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