PREGNACY & FOALING

MANAGING PREGNANCY IN YOUR MARE

Diet

Pregnancy monitoring

Caslicks removal

If you are in doubt then ask your vet to check or ask the stud where she was served or inseminated if they have a record of a Caslicks being performed on your mare. In some mares they have had a Caslicks performed prior to going to stud so there may not always be a record of when it was performed.

WHEN WILL YOUR MARE FOAL?

Normal gestation length in the mare is around 335 - 345 days, but can vary from 315 – 400 days.

Most foalings are normal! However, disaster can happen quickly so if in doubt call your vet ASAP...no vet ever complained about arriving at a normal foaling!

HOW TO PREDICT WHEN YOU MARE IS ABOUT TO FOAL:

BE PREPARED:

THE 3 STAGES OF THE FOALING PROCESS:

WHEN TO CALL YOUR VET:

FOETAL INSURANCE

Now your mare is in foal you need to ensure that she produces a live foal. Foetal insurance is available from

For foal insurance, make sure your foal had an IgG test performed at 24h after birth. In order for cover to be in place, you will need your vet to have completed the certificate provided by the insurance company.

ABORTIONS

If your mare develops an udder or "waxes up" prematurely then call your vet immediately. Your mare may be about to have an abortion. There are many reasons for this including 

You must isolate this mare by removing other mares from the same paddock and leave the "infected" mare in the paddock. Any placenta or fetus should be examined by your vet and ideally sent to Gribbles Veterinary Laboratory or NZ Veterinary Pathology. Consider the placenta and fetus as "infected" until proven otherwise. Ensure strict hygeine is adhered to and that you do not contaminate the other pregnant mares on your farm. It will cost about $300 - 500 to investigate the cause of loss and this may be the best insurance for preventing the other pregnant mares on your farm from aborting.

 

 

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