Reaching out to see if anyone with some experience in the nurse mare/introducing foal process has an advice.
Nurse mare is a first time momma and lost her foal Saturday evening. Vet said she was an amazing momma with super good demeanor. My foal lost his momma Sunday afternoon. I introduced mare to foal Sunday late evening. She acted super interested in the foal but unsure once she smelled him. I sedated her and baby went straight to her and nursed easily. Since then she has allowed him to nurse without any type of sedation but always while I am holding her and there to watch. She doesn't really seem interested in the foal very much but absolutely tolerates him nursing 4 times a day. I have tried rubbing her milk on him, and I have tried the Vicks on her nose and baby. She will turn and pin her ears and bite at him or lift a leg once in awhile but she isn't aggressive about it just irritable.
So I guess I am wondering if there is anything else I can try or if more time is needed (starting day 3 today) or if it is probably not going to work. They currently live next to each other in stalls.
Mighty Broke - 2023-05-31 11:03 AM
Thank you so much!! Trying this!
Back in the old days we used to rub the mares urine on them or the sleeve used for palpation. Good luck
little_bug - 2023-05-31 8:02 PM
caboy61 - 2023-06-01 12:33 PM
No luck :( she lets the foal live with her and stuff but not eat unless im standing there. I've made sure her bag isn't sore or anything too..
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