Q: When I lost my mare I had to find a foster mum for her three-day-old
foal. The foster mare brought mange to the yard and promptly infected
all the other horses.
it very difficult to treat this effectively and to add to my worries
the foster mare is starting to loose her milk. Id also like to know
whether there are any remedies available to help my foal deal with
the stress of losing his foster mum when she eventually has to leave.
Treatment for mange is often difficult , but I have had considerable
success with herbal liquids containing cedar extracts and neem (an Asian and African Tree). Mite problems that
I have treated with this formula clear up within a few days of application.
Any products used need to be repeated every 10 days to tackle eggs
that hatch out in the intervening period.
can also be used to treat mite infestations in the feathering of
heavy horses, and it is commonly used and as a fly repellent in the
summer. For improving the milk production in mares I would advise
that you try using fennel or fenugreek in the feed as both these
plants help to increase milk production.
calming formulas can be used for a stressed foal but the one I have
used most successfully is a water-soluble sachet of herbal extracts. Again this is an Ayurvedic formula but any of the
valerian-based formulas could also be tried.
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