sjf0822

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  1. Horsey Hernia

    What I have always heard is that if you can fit 2 fingers or more "inside" the hole of the hernia, then you should probably have surgery done. I also think that if they don't correct by about 1 year of age, they may need surgery, but I am not sure on this. My foal this year has a hernia, I am sure he will need surgery because he is going for the "most expensive foal in the world" title in terms of vet bills, . I just noticed his at about 6 weeks, and its small, I am hoping it stays that way! I am getting another weanling this fall that also has one. I have heard that if you rub the area daily, you can cause adhesions to help it get smaller, I have never tried this but it might be something to try for a little while.
  2. Horsey Hernia

    What I have always heard is that if you can fit 2 fingers or more "inside" the hole of the hernia, then you should probably have surgery done. I also think that if they don't correct by about 1 year of age, they may need surgery, but I am not sure on this. My foal this year has a hernia, I am sure he will need surgery because he is going for the "most expensive foal in the world" title in terms of vet bills, . I just noticed his at about 6 weeks, and its small, I am hoping it stays that way! I am getting another weanling this fall that also has one. I have heard that if you rub the area daily, you can cause adhesions to help it get smaller, I have never tried this but it might be something to try for a little while.
  3. Is she too skinny?

    Yearlings are hard to get weight on... they get to growing fast and overnight can get pretty ribby looking. Last year, I fed my yearling 4 pounds of beet pulp, with 1 pound of grain and .5 pound of rice bran, mixed with water. I divided this over 2 feedings. She loved her "soup", and it gave her extra calories without too much grain. She was on an alfalfa/grass hay mix as well. You definately need to supplement her with something. In my experience, unless they are on lush irrigated pastures, yearling don't do that great on pasture alone. I didn't see what kind of hay you are feeding... adding a few pounds of alfalfa to her diet might do the trick as well. Personally, I would rather see yearlings slightly underweight, instead of chubby. But I would try and get a bit more weight on this gal, she is cute!
  4. Is she too skinny?

    Yearlings are hard to get weight on... they get to growing fast and overnight can get pretty ribby looking. Last year, I fed my yearling 4 pounds of beet pulp, with 1 pound of grain and .5 pound of rice bran, mixed with water. I divided this over 2 feedings. She loved her "soup", and it gave her extra calories without too much grain. She was on an alfalfa/grass hay mix as well. You definately need to supplement her with something. In my experience, unless they are on lush irrigated pastures, yearling don't do that great on pasture alone. I didn't see what kind of hay you are feeding... adding a few pounds of alfalfa to her diet might do the trick as well. Personally, I would rather see yearlings slightly underweight, instead of chubby. But I would try and get a bit more weight on this gal, she is cute!
  5. What is your mare eating now? What kind of hay and pasture? My mare is now getting alfalfa hay, beet pulp and rice bran, and mare and foal feed. I can help you out once you let me know what kind of diet she is on now
  6. luvallbreeds, this rain sucks! If I liked rain, I wouldn't be living in the desert! Monday Aspen had a really hard udder, but not really full, if that makes any sense. Yesterday it was much softer, and I got some yellowish-clear milk for the first time. Slowly but surely we are getting there! This morning it looked like she may be bagging up, so we'll see.
  7. We call her Aspen. Her registered name is "Gorgeous Bella Blue"
  8. I just started a "foal watch" thread for my gal, with a few pictures from today. At least its FINALLY sunny so the mud is drying up a bit! waiting for baby
  9. I wanted to say how sorry I am that you lost Cricket. Hopefully that cute filly will be able to ease the pain a bit. Starting foal watch now (oh boy, I am SO looking foreward to sleeping in my truck . Mare is at 317 days, but large udder and belly. Two weeks ago she went through a really cranky phase and squealed at the other horses when they even so much looked at her highness, but is better now. When I lift her tail there is little to no resistance. She was pawing this morning. Of course, we got a TON of rain here today, so I am really hoping she holds off until things dry out a bit. I'll keep you all updated.
  10. Well, my mare is now at day 307. Last Friday she went from fat and happy to big and grumpy. We put her in a corral away from the others, and that helped a lot. I have noticed she kicks at her belly a bit, and just generally looks miserable. Plus it didn't help that we got record rainfall over the weekend, so now everything is mud. Her royal highness does not like mud.
  11. Oh, your poor mare bnbranch! She looks miserable. I feel so badly for them whent they get to that point. Is this her first foal? My mare is still at the fat and happy point. She was out galloping in the pasture 2 weeks ago, and as I am watching, down she goes. YIKES. Fortunately she is fine, but I am hoping she learns she is not as nimble with that big belly! May 14 is her early due date, which is coming up. I keep thinking its still a month away, but we are getting much closer now!
  12. Oh my... you are right, hahaha. And that is without even being on foal watch yet! Just wait til that gets here, then look out!
  13. I need to join too! I have a mare due in mid-to-late May! Here is her pic I guess I will be saying good bye to that tail once baby gets here... it only took 3 years to grow out! She is bred to a son of Zips Chocolate Chip, you can see him at his site Don't Skip This Chip Luvallbreeds- are you in Bend? I live in Burns, OR. edited because I need to JOIN, not a JOINT! [ 04-19-2005, 03:09 PM: Message edited by: quarters n paints ]