5 Replies to “Jeff’s Journals 3/7/19”

  1. Okay, I thought of two more questions, sorry lol If I don’t ask now, I’ll forget by next week, so please don’t kill me — and thanks for always being open to answering questions!

    Since you said generally all moms are great at mothering, I was wondering if you ever had difficulties with an extremely over protective mare? I know they’ve been used to being around humans their whole lives and handled in all kinds of uncomfortable ways, but having seen some kinda unhappy moms in the morning, I wondered if perhaps, maybe there were (maiden?) mares that were unexpectedly resistant to you handling or being around her foal, particularly after she got her bearings.

    Also, having experience in dogs, and now goats, I was wondering if mares ever experienced an equine version of eclampsia/toxemia? I know that has a very different definition from human (usually a high blood pressure issue leading to seizures/magnesium deficiency), to dog (calcium deficiency which can cause puppy rejection/agression/seizures and death of bitch), to goat (glucose deficiency/ketone issues which can cause loss of doe and kids), so I got to wondering if horses could have it. Knowing its common in varying stages in the the three species I mentioned, it made me think of it, and if it was a problem, what do you check for and have in case of?

  2. PS: Thanks again for getting so many mares in the camera stall this year, and in foal to such a variety of stallions! If I didn’t get to see a More Than Ready, I was so glad to see one of his daughters foal 🙂 He’s my all time favorite <3

  3. Another amazing segment — thank you so much, and Jeff, thank you for your patience with my questions! I’m so glad to know that you are the part of the team that helps decide where a mare is sent. I know that a lot of info must be gleaned seeing her babies when they are in your care!

    Some questions I thought of helping out at my brother’s goat dairy, where we just finished winter/spring kidding season, is that he’s had a few issues with does getting staph infections on their udders. Are there ever times, not necessarily as newborns, but where you had to give the mares extra care on their bags? I’m assuming you keep an eye out for mastitis when they come in at night or go out in the morning? Just didn’t know how much you looked in and made sure nothing was going on since they aren’t a dairy animal. Like if the foal is not looking as thrifty as you had previously noticed. Also, goat kids seem to start in pretty early on hay (like within a week), so I was wondering how long foals stayed just on milk for their nutrition? I know you said weaning was at four to six months, but I was wondering when they started in on food sources other than mom.

    Thank you again for your time, and I have to add to Trish — loved the mare behind you, she really did kind of perk up when you answered my pain question so I’m hoping if she’s one still in foal that she listened and stays down for a while after she delivers lol That was a great nugget of info and something truly new that I never realized, and will now watch for!

  4. Thank-you for yet another very informative segment of Jeff’s Journals! I’m really learning a lot about the foaling barn this year! Who was the mare behind Jeff? She was so calm and very interested in what was happening. Very pretty mare! My question is do you have a vet involved with each foaling? There are usually 4 or 5 people in the stall and was wondering what their job is in the barn? Thank-you again, great video!!

  5. Jeff, thank you so much for all the great information. Life in the foaling barn is certainly interesting and so
    educational and I thank you for taking the time to answer all our questions.

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