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She's Got the Itch
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She's Got the Itch

I usually brush Cookie a couple times a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. I check for anything that looks out of place or any indications that Cookie has managed to get herself into some kind of trouble. 

The first thing I found this morning was a line of hair missing underneath her jaw that runs towards her mouth. It's about 8" long and superficial. It hadn't bled or anything, she managed to just peel the hair off. <sigh> Thankfully that's ALL that happened to that spot. I expect a few spots like that though because she is becoming increasingly itchy as the seasons change. Which is another reason I brush her twice a day, to rid her of the excess shedding hair. 

The second thing I have found was her tail looks like it's been in a shredder. She tested negative for parasites the first of March, and to be safe I've upped her DE to 2 Tablespoons per day. I did some research on itchy tails and pregnant mares. It appears mares become more itchy the closer they get to delivering. It's more than your average itch from shedding. They itch everywhere and intensely. Now I know the reason for the top of her tail looking like an overused tattered broom. I can't wrap her tail overnight because I'm not awake to keep tabs on her, and I don't want it to become entangled in her legs should she rub it all to pieces. I also have some aloe I can rub into her tail head to help reduce some of that itchiness. 

My pictures don't do justice to her size, though if the vet is correct in his guess, in my opinion she should be a whole lot bigger. Some days she looks so pregnant and even goes through the loving, hip pocket mood one day and a total get out of my space or I'll eat you mood the next. Moods aside, she's doing quite well. Overall happy, rolls regularly and enjoys her mid morning and afternoon naps under the trees. 

I'm thinking we're going to have a May baby, though I'm sure it's going to be more like June. Poor girl. I hope for her sake it's more towards May. lol The summer heat around here is beyond stifling. If I could get her to see that her stall is much cooler than the great outdoors, maybe she'll be more comfortable. Otherwise I'll set up a misting hose for her and see what I can do about getting a fan set up. 

 

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  1. autumnap
    autumnap
    I wish we could expect some hot weather in May ... or at all lol! Poor Cookie, hopefully she'll stop itching soon. I must say though she doesn't look as huge as I'd expect to see so close to her due date ... must be the camera angle I guess. Keep us updated ... v exciting! x
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    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      I know what you mean about her size. I could be off by a month or better and so could the vet. :-S It's a guessing game to be honest and I keep thinking she should be getting huge before too long, unless she likes to keep things hidden. lol I admit too, my pics don't do justice when it comes to showing her true size. I had a different farrier over and he commented that she looked pregnant to him, so it may be closer to June/July before we see any real ballooning.
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  2. jst4horses
    How exciting to wait for your first foal. I had my stallion at a barn where there were many really expensive thoroughbred mares that had medical issues and needed skilled care. Month after month we got so close to the mares. We used to take turns the last few days because we had to keep the vet up by phone as soon as the foal appeared. The vets would come by and check every few hours due to the high risk for these mares. Very often, we would go to the restroom, or to grab a snack, and come back. There would be the foal. We used to laugh and say, she was probably crossing her legs waiting for us to leave. Do be careful. I have been kicked and bit by horses that usually loved me, without warning on foaling day or the next few days. I hope you are going to foal imprint. It makes the foals life so much easier.
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    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      Wow! How nerve racking and exciting at the same time. I'd just be a nervous wreck if Cookie wasn't healthy. I am very aware of her whereabouts even now. Today she had a momentary brain fart and thought about spin kicking me at dinner. She did change her mind though. lol I do plan on foal imprint as long as Cookie is agreeable. If she isn't on board with it up front, I'll take my time and just let the foal come to me. As for the mare crossing her legs, LOL! Probably so!
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  3. jst4horses
    How exciting to wait for your first foal. I had my stallion at a barn where there were many really expensive thoroughbred mares that had medical issues and needed skilled care. Month after month we got so close to the mares. We used to take turns the last few days because we had to keep the vet up by phone as soon as the foal appeared. The vets would come by and check every few hours due to the high risk for these mares. Very often, we would go to the restroom, or to grab a snack, and come back. There would be the foal. We used to laugh and say, she was probably crossing her legs waiting for us to leave. Do be careful. I have been kicked and bit by horses that usually loved me, without warning on foaling day or the next few days. I hope you are going to foal imprint. It makes the foals life so much easier.
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