mourning her foal
Q: I am writing to ask your advice regarding my five-year-old Welsh
section D mare, whose foal died at 11 days old.
I am devastated at losing the beautiful foal that had fought so
bravely to live, but my main concern is his dam. She was an excellent
first time mum, standing quietly to be milked, guiding Charlie to
the right place to suck and standing still when we had to inject
him to give him confidence-not bad for an unbroken horse.
moved her back into the field with her old companion but she looks
so sad. Do I need to give her anything to dry up her milk or will
it dry up naturally? Is there anything I can do to help her get
over this loss?
like to have her broken to ride but considering that she has given
birth and she will she will be sent away to unfamiliar surroundings,
how long do you suggest that she needs to recover.
I am so sorry to hear of the death of your horse's foal. As far
as helping the mother's milk to dry up there are some natural plants
that can help. Sage is said to help in such situations by gently
easing hormone balance, and plants that promote water, like nettles,
can also be used to dampen down milk production.
also a very good general tonic. Clean plants unaffected by pollution
can be cut down left to dry in the sun for a few hours until the
'sting' has gone and offered like hay. As for alleviation your horses
sense of bereavement there are many calming formulae on the market
that can help greatly.
be in the form of herbal supplements containing plants like Valerian
or Withatnia somnifera or even in the form of essential oils that
can have a very quick and useful action.
If one of these types of formulae work well you should be able to
prepare her for riding quite soon.
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