my horse is loosing weight really fast to the point that you can see her ribs.she has a foal which is ready to leave her.the dentist says she is fine.im giving her extra food and she is rugged in field with hayage but it is still dropping off her.does any one have any adivse in what i could do.
I think you have the wrong community take a look at the large animal forum ..hope your horse gets better soon, What doe the Vet say about the weight loss, maybe once the foal leaves she will put on weight. Ask the experts about it and good luck
I would go back to your vet, or to another vet and ask about specific pre-natal care. You need a vet in this case not a dentist.The in-utero foal takes a ton out of the mare. You may be surprised that the foal will come out looking fine, while the mare is emaciated. The other thing to consider is that if the mare does not have adequate nutrition, she will run the risk of not producing milk, then the foal will not be able to nurse and get adequate nutrition.
Are you still exersizing her? The sudden change in routine can cause stress which leads to weigtloss a small amout of excersize like walking her round the field (not ridden) could be enough to stimulate her, try new foods she could be bored, it could be someting more serious like colic or cancer so get a vet to look at her
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