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  1. #1
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    Default Experienced breeders! - older broodmare

    At day 338! Mama is 23 this year. What, in your experience, has been different with older, experienced mares? Anything I should be watchful of? Obviously her weight, she's on 15 lbs of tc growth and on a probiotic and calcium phos supplement with unlimited orchard/ alfalfa. Any tips/ advice?



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    Maybe consider uterine tone and the muscles needed to expel the foal. We had a 23 yr old mare ready to deliver her 9th foal; she just did not have enough muscle strength left to deliver. We had the vet there and ended up inducing the delivery with assistance to the foal. Both were fine.
    Just be prepared for all eventualities. Good luck.
    Judy
    Sylvan Farm~Breeding for Performance
    Ramzes SF, approved GOV and Belgian http://sylvanfarm.com
    USSHBA Steering Committe member



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    My 22 year old mare is now almost day 325 ... and not "showing" much. The 2 closest mares, bred 13 and 15 days later are larger, with more udder development. I'm wondering if she might be keeping this one in to "cook" a little longer, and put on some size.
    I hope she has no complications - and appreciate the "heads up" about puch=power at delivery time.



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    Sunny days not to be a downer but I was in your shoes with my 19yo just last week. Vet was out at the farm to open caslicks and I said we better check her before we open her up. Ya, not preggo, just fat. Udder development was because she was coming in, grrrrr.



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    Sorry about your mare Jenny - and hope I'm not in the same situation. Time will tell



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    Oh no! But I don't think that's the case. She has a huge belly



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