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Care of Your Pregnant Mare

November 2015 by Sarah van Dyk, BVSc, WestVETS Animal Hospital & Reproduction Centre

The time leading up to the highly anticipated arrival of a new foal can be very exciting, but may also be a cause for anxiety. Whether this is your first foal or whether you have bred many foals, it is important to be aware of the care your mare needs during her pregnancy to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.

The average gestation period in the mare is 340 days, although there is a normal variation of 20 days either side of this time. During this time, all your usual preventative medicine practices should be maintained, such as regular administration of anthelmintics (wormers), good nutrition, vaccinations, dental and hoof care.