You waited 11 months and much longer if you searched for the perfect stallion for your mare and you think you are ready for the big day of foaling ... but there are a lot of preparations and things to know before this little wonder’s arrival!

 

First, there are many costs associated with this project and also a lot of time to devote to care before and after birth. You have studied all aspects and you and your mare are ready for the adventure, so let's go!

 

If natural insemination is not possible and the stallion is in our sector, I can take care of the collect. Frozen semen can arrive from outside and we will coordinate everything for the mare to be ready. We will then proceed to artificial insemination.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first pregnancy check will take place on the 14th day after insemination (ultrasound) and the second exam at the 40th day of gestation.

 

While mom peacefully completes her gestation, your preparatory work continues:

  • Proper diet is very important for the broodmare.

  • To ensure that the mare does not transmit parasites to the foal, it is necessary to worm during gestation.

  • A vaccinated mare produces a better quality of colostrum.

  • It is best to have a spacious box, with straw, secure, safe and away from bad weather. Remember that most foaling take place at night, so good lighting is required.

  • Be prepared with your foaling kit (halter for the mare, cotton wrap for the tail, towels, iodine tincture to disinfect the navel, etc., plus the phone number of your veterinarian!)

 

The foaling day:

  • Do not intervene if all goes well.

  • Call your veterinarian if anything does not seem right, especially if the mare pushes violently without results.

  • Quickly clean the foal’s nostrils if it is covered with fetal envelopes.

  • Do not cut the umbilical cord. The cord will break when the foal or mare will stand.

  • Disinfect the cord generously on the foal’s side with iodine.

  • Allow the mother and foal to rest.

  • Wash the mare’s udder with a clean cloth and warm water.

  • Make sure the foal feeds and since he/she is a little clumsy, it often takes a half hour to two hours before succeeding. If your mare allows, you can help a little and guide the foal.

  • The mare must expel the placenta within 3 hours.

  • Ask your vet to visit in the day to check that everything okay.

 

Care for the newborn:

  • Disinfect the navel daily with iodine.

  • Observe the foal regularly: check the expulsion of meconium and any signs of colic, verify if urine or pus is draining from the navel, monitor for respiratory symptoms, lameness, joint deformity and do not wait a few days to call the vet if something is abnormal.

 

The mare’s milk responds to the needs of the foal during the first 2 months of lactation. Then the foal must be able to consume with ease a specifically formulated feed for him to fulfill his needs.

 

And the day of weaning will come between the ages of 4 to 6 months. Whatever recommended withdrawal method, you must carefully plan the transition to a more independent life. Feeding of the foal and the mare will have to be changed.

 

I wish you to live these moments fully and if you have concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

 

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