Have just realised, as a Shetland pony breeder of some 4 years, that we, as a Stud, are totally unprepared for anything that might go wrong. Luckily my business partner, has a lot of knowledge and wades in to help out if needed but we don't have any emergency drugs, foal milk or anything to hand.
A friend has just lost her foal, it stopped sucking, and the vet did nothing - I mean absolutely nothing, not even come out to see the animal. To me, this just shows how little they value our equine stock.
So, I have decided to start, in conjunction with the National Foaling Bank, to keep emergency supplies of Foal milk and a colostrum replacement for other breeders that might need it. We can be contacted 24 hours a day and will let anyone who is in need have our supplies - which they will pay us for. It is not a money-making scheme at all but the one way we can try and help folk who are bodging about rather than waiting for Tescos to open first thing to see if there is any goat's milk about.
In our own personal first aid bag, we will have the injection Oxytocin and some Dopram as well. Can you suggest anything else we should have? Our first aid bag will not be available to anyone but ourselves.
I am tempted next year to get one of our mares bled, her plasma centrifuged down and stored in the freezer just in case. Apparently if a foal is under 4 hours old, you can feed this back to it and it does alot of good. This would be for our own Stud use.
We will also have a go at milking any mares that would co-operate. If you don't hear from me again, just reckon we got our heads kicked in.
I suppose it will be very interesting to see, after we have told everyone, if anyone bothers to take us up on this. Failing that, we did our best and no one can do more.
The vets do not stock any foal milk or colostrum replacement which I find extraordinary considering there are over 100 studs here.
I am looking at a variety of replacement foal colostrum and would be very interested to hear reviews of any of the products. We would probably only stock one type:-
FoalStim Foal Probiotic and Colostrum £13.29
FoalStim Foal Probiotic & Colostrum - £13.29
Free p&P if in letter first class bag
Equi-Col Foal Colostrum £36.33
P&P £1.85 mainland
Col-Late Whole Colostrum for Foals
Net-Tex WHole Colostrum for Foals
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