Milking My Mare? We Have A Nursing Issue! // Versatile Horsemanship


hello and welcome to another video if
you’re new here my name is brandi and this channel is all about horses in my
journey with horsemanship right now what we’re kind of dealing with is we have a
mayor who has a brand new foal and this is our very first foal I knew with
having a foal there would be some complications but I just didn’t know
exactly what those complications would be so I am documenting that entire
journey and sharing every little thing that I can with you in today’s video I’m
going to show you a problem that our foal has been having with eating alright
what we’ve got going on here is this little guy has decided that he only
likes to nurse on the mayor’s left side so and she actually today she looks
really good cuz he will reach under and get to the right side but yesterday she
was extremely swollen underneath and I’m worried about like mastitis or something
like that or so what the vet said that was here yesterday the vet said that if
he doesn’t start drinking off that side that I may need to start milking her so
that’s um something that I would like to avoid but the reasons why he’s doing
this why I think anyway is he can when he came out he was very bent to the left
every horse when they’re in the womb they’re either bent to the left or the
right and I think most of them are bent to the left so that’s how he was so it’s
more comfortable for him to be on the mayor’s left side because he’s bent to
the left and he’s just Confed in there really easy it’s harder for him to bend
right but the second thing is he was also born with his tongue hanging out of
his mouth to the left and I think it’s a little hard for him to get get in there
and get his tongue positioned properly there he’s got a good he’s sucking
really good there but I think he just needs to get used to it he’s only four
days old right now so I’m not terribly concerned but putting so I took this
cooler blanket and threw it on the mayor to block off her left side so he had to
nurse on the right side she also gets kind of crabby
I’m on this side so I don’t know if it’s because he’s pushing on her too much or
what but she gets crabby with him and then he starts kicking her so I’m gonna make it a point to do this
each day for a little while just to get him good at nursing on this side my vets
coming again tomorrow so we’ll see what she says okay folks you just haven’t lived
unless you’ve snuggled with three-day-old
cult he is he loves to be scratched I don’t really
think that it gets much better than this he treated the way a horse she treated
pressure and release from day one but I want him to be very personable and
comfortable around people from from the moment he was born so I’m working very
very diligently to make sure that he is handled properly and I’m being very
particular about who handles them and how so well that’s something that I didn’t plan
on having as an issue with our full but I can honestly say after a few days the
problem completely resolved and all I did was once or twice a day put that
blanket back on the mom it made it so with the full could only nurse on one
side and he figured it out really quickly and got really strong with
nursing on that side that he wasn’t comfortable with so that really worked
I’m pleased with that well now that I’ve shared my story I would really love to
hear yours if you’ve been through a similar situation and had a foal that
had issues with nursing or wouldn’t nurse at all or just on one side
anything like that if you would leave a comment down below I’d really appreciate
that and I think it’s really helpful for other people who might be watching this
and maybe run into a similar situation to read those comments and learn from
your experiences so this is my very first experience with a full so I think
it’s really important to share the journey as we go to just help others
learn and I’m learning along the way from all of the viewers who leave lovely
comments about their own experiences so I really appreciate that if you enjoy
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miss anything I’ll be sure to post so many more videos like this one I’m gonna
share this fulls entire journey all the way through starting him under saddle
and all of that so if you want to follow this foals journey make sure to check
back often because I’m gonna keep posting about him on a regular basis so
thanks so much for watching have a great day


43 Responses

  1. Martine in France

    August 2, 2019 1:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing this 👍 so interesting. I wonder how they manage in a herd without human help. You did a great job from the very day he was born and the issues he went through. He is an adorable little guy, very close to human early in his life, used to be touched, so important for the future. 😍

  2. Fleet Skipper

    August 2, 2019 2:05 pm

    I wonder how many, if any, foals are lost in the wild because of problems like this? We will never know of course, but I imagine that the strong adapt.

  3. Terri TN

    August 2, 2019 2:06 pm

    Gosh, I love that little rascal! Even though I only get to see him on your videos, all of us "youtubers" who have followed all through Nika's pregnancy, feel a special bond to him! I'll be do anxious to see him in current time soon. I bet he's grown a lot! I hope his color has stayed the same, he looks so much like Nika's palomino blonde! Oh, you mentioned his smell…I bet it is the sweetest and best smell!! Give Manzer and Nika a big love for me!💖

  4. suzy klitgaard

    August 2, 2019 2:21 pm

    Manzer is well on his way to becoming a well balanced young equine.

    Actually. Milking a mare has been a Godsend to many owners.
    I saw a story that a mare had died in a n Arizona mustang herd. Salt River.
    A foal just says old was found. A rescue did an emergency evac and brought him to the facility. He was at death's door. The staff had to obtain milk from a mare as well. He was on 24 hour care and went thru hell to get to the other side … recovery.
    He even looked like Manzer ")
    This story brought me to tears. Yours did as well. Manzer went through some bumps but made it along beautifully. The struggles prove WORTHY. You end up with a really stable mentality. Horses know this.❤🤗🐴

  5. Horse Crazy

    August 2, 2019 2:39 pm

    The 3 week old filly at the barn I ride at is still a little shy but is doing great in her training. She's already picking up her feet for us when we ask, which will be great for the farrier and picking her hooves.

  6. Animal tested Love approved

    August 2, 2019 2:49 pm

    Hymn very interesting hypothesis about tongue and position ; ty..Brandi you did a great job we've have seen him older. Thanks for glimpse of his early journey.Poor Nikki. can relate cause female humans can have same problem ( soreness; hope that was not too inappropriate) gone big smile😊❤

  7. janet hedberg

    August 2, 2019 2:59 pm

    He’s awfully sweet! I have wondered if mom really likes him. She never appears to care about him. Probably we don’t see that much interaction . I love your videos. I’ve watched hundreds of videos of mares and foals and I think she’s a little different.

  8. CMarie57

    August 2, 2019 3:27 pm

    You're right – life probably doesn't get any better than snuggling with a baby horse. Your solution to Manzers nursing issue was pure genius! Thanks once again for letting us share in your journey.

  9. Kathy F.

    August 2, 2019 4:17 pm

    So amazing! All that you have gone through and what you have learned! How old is Manser (SP?) now?

  10. Debbie Adkins

    August 2, 2019 4:39 pm

    I had to watch this one twice of the little pony, he is looking good and of course he is so sweet❤️

  11. All Thumbs

    August 2, 2019 5:30 pm

    Ah ha!! The logical solution was the blanket, simple and effective. I didn’t know foals were ‘bent’ to prefer one side or other, usually left. Does this prenatal condition affect anything else in their training or riding? Is it like handedness? I recall horses are mounted from their left side. Is that always the case? Another great video full of info. Thank you! (Sorry for so many questions) And I do envy that wonderful cuddle with lil’ Manzer.❤️❤️

  12. Laurieb2851

    August 2, 2019 9:30 pm

    He is so adorable, and we know his mom is a good mom. I will always remember the mom's apparent reaction to him. She kept looking backward at him as if she was trying to figure out what he was. I remember having a similar reaction to being a mother. I used to look at my daughter in awe and it was always on my mind what a miracle she was to me. I was left alone giving birth to her, but I had a nurse who was thoughtful enough to set up a mirror for me to watch my daughter being born. I will always be thankful for that. I have also watched all three of my grandchildren being born as well. I am always in awe. Thank you so much for uploading this video. I love it!

  13. Carol Shortley

    August 2, 2019 10:41 pm

    Thank you again Brandi for sharing. You did a good job using the blanket. I remember seeing him only wanting to nurse on that side and Nika getting frustrated with him and then he would kick those legs back. This has been wonderful watching this from the start. I still remember how exhausted I was when he was finally born from helping Nika push. Lol

  14. Missy S

    August 3, 2019 12:23 am

    Smart move with the blanket! Straightened him right out! Always fun to watch him and Nika! Thank you as always 😊❤️. I'm super excited to watch him grow!

  15. K. Johnson

    August 3, 2019 7:40 am

    Its pure joy watching him ..oh how much I wish I was there n holding him….Thank you soo for sharing him with us…

  16. Cissy2cute

    August 4, 2019 7:35 pm

    That was a brilliant solution. You have such a wonderful attitude regarding babies and their relationship with their human companions. It is just so much fun to watch and educational as well.

  17. Pam Kenel

    August 5, 2019 2:07 am

    I have never had the experience of having a foal. I am really loving this experience through you. He is just so darn cute!

  18. forest hiker

    August 7, 2019 11:04 pm

    Excellent solution to the problem! (Horses keep our creativity going, eh?) and absolute cuteness overload snuggling in the stall. I could almost feel his soft coat just by watching! What a sweetie. Well done! 🙂

  19. Foaling Around

    August 8, 2019 2:32 am

    I have a question, How old is Nika because I am thinking of breeding a 16 year old mare. Also I have my own horse she is a pony !

  20. Connie Zapiain

    August 10, 2019 11:35 am

    I’m so glad all worked out with his nursing. Great idea with the cooling blanket! He’s so cute!!!♥️

  21. jennifer tolbert

    August 13, 2019 4:18 am

    so much fun watching him LOVE you guys back !! Hes PRECIOUS! SO HAPPY his nursing is better!

  22. Peggy Papczun

    August 31, 2019 3:50 pm

    I am watching this little sweetheart again and again and again; Manzer is irresistible! You are incredible Brandi, thank you so much for Manzer's amazing journey how he overcomes his problems!

  23. Linda Howell

    September 1, 2019 4:53 am

    Slowly catching up with your videos. This one was so cute! Can't believe how much Manzer has grown. Can I say he looks pretty? Because he does. Thanks again Brandi. ❤🐎🐎🙏


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