I have a 12 year old TB mare that has given birth on May 11th. She was extremely large and her baby was smaller than we thought but is very healthy. She has lost quite a bit of weight but more so in her withers and her hind quarters. She has water 24/7, we have 80 acres of land and we also provide hay for her as well. We feed her oats once a day but she does not seem to be starting to gain the weight back. She was wormed just after the baby was born. Is there anything else we can supplement her with? The vet is coming out next week, but in the meantime, I was hoping the get some advice. Thank you in advance.
I am glad the foal was born healthy, despite its small size, and that the vet will be coming out. During pregnancy, the mare is "eating for 2" and despite her large size, it is possible that she did not get enough to produce a foal of normal size or keep her own. In addition to that, once the foal is born and begins lactating, the foal really "drains" the mother of a lot of nutrition that needs to be taken into consideraton for the lactation. I would say that oats once a day is not enough, but in general, it is the forage that puts on the weight. I do not know what area of the country you live in, but the drought is really making pastures suffer and the forage there may not be adequate. What kind of hay and how much per day are you feeding? Also, she may require a supplement. You are on the right track with having your vet come out. Please respond to let me know his suggestions and how mare and foal are coming along.
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