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        04-09-2014, 11:27 AM
    Colly and her boyfriend enjoying some grain...can't wait to see my girl tomorrow!!! :)
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        04-09-2014, 02:34 PM
    Question what should be in my foaling kit I have a fairly decent vet kit I was just wondering what I should have for when Colly is close to foaling
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        04-09-2014, 03:47 PM
    Colly standing guard over her man while he naps
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        04-10-2014, 01:55 PM
    As far as foaling kits what I have for my sheep are antibacterial lube (useful for ear tags too!) you could probably skip this unless you feel prepared to go in if needed, sterilized scissors (for umbilical cord), strong cleaner for cord (I use triodine.. something strong that will also dry it out, your vet can advise), make sure the foal is pooping, check it over for any issues, towels to dry it off if need be (or make a blanket but should be fine), make sure teats are clear, I give mom and baby something called nutridrench (just a boost not necessary) I don't know if they make a horse version. Experienced friend and or vets number!! I assume you will have the vet out if there's an issue and at some point after just for a check up on a healthy foal. I don't go crazy with my kit, for one foal and for someone relatively inexperienced (I assume) just get the basic stuff.

    Colostrum, and maybe milk replacer is good too, though it's a pain to buy it when you probably won't need it, better safe than sorry though. Stick a camera in there!

    I haven't foaled out a mare so sorry I can't tell you my "horse kit" lol
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        04-10-2014, 03:12 PM
    Went to see Colly today and got to ride her for awhile she was such a good girl although her boyfriend wasn't to happy about her leaving! Afterwards she got a nice grooming she also had some dried fluid on her the inside of her back legs. When she got turned back in with Remi she was showing signs of heat(squirting) so hopefully she gets in foal by the time she comes home!
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        04-10-2014, 10:04 PM
    Yayyy just got an update from the stallions owner that Colly was covered several times today and that she believes Colly is coming into full heat :)
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        04-11-2014, 03:19 PM
    Thank you yogi I will,definitely check into some of that I just received a feed and mineral supplement for Colly to help her keep up with the demands of pregnancy and she has a vet appointment and a dentist appointment the middle of next month
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        04-12-2014, 03:29 AM
    Green Broke
    Here's some great tips on preparing for a foal.

    Flashlight & Batteries Many mares foal at night or early in the morning, so keep these on hand to provide light.
    Plastic Bag To put placenta in. Placenta should be examined to make sure that there are no holes, tears, or pieces missing (which would mean that a piece could still be in the mare and could lead to infection)
    String To tie off umbilical cord if it doesn’t break. Or tie up placenta if mare does not drop it right away (tie it to itself to prevent the mare from stepping on and pulling it out)
    Scissors To cut string, or tough sac around foal, or to cut string or suture material to tie off cord. Iodine 7% and film canister
    To dip foal’s umbilical stump - pour iodine in clean film canister & dip foal's umbilical stup in it. This will help prevent infection. Betadine can also be used.
    Mild soap & warm water or BetadineTo wash mare (vulva, udders) prior to foaling. This will help prevent infection.
    Dry washclothes and towels .To grasp foal to pull if needed, clean foal and mare if needed.Frozen colostrum To give foal if mare does not produce colostrum.
    Plastic Gloves To keep hands clean Vetrap To wrap mare's tail prior to foaling.Notepad & pencils
    To record time, mare’s behavior, how foaling goes
    Two Enemas In case foal does not pass meconium (first poop). Consult a vet before administering, as it is easy to cause a perforation of the bowel which can kill a foal.
    Vaseline To lubricate hands if necessary to reposition foal
    Twitch If mare rejects or attacks foalHalter & lead ropes (including stud chain)To move, tie, or restrain mare if necessary.
    Clean bucket To rinse hands, foal, mare
    Watch To keep track of time
    Paper towels To clean yourself, mare, foal, etc.
    Cordless or Cell phone To call your vet in case of a problem without having to leave your mare.

    When the foal is born:

    Make sure the foal's nostrils are clear so it can breathe. If needed, you can dry the foal with a towel (most mares will clean their foals). Treat foal's umbilical stump with iodine for the first several days to prevent infection.

    Normal Foals will:
    Get up within an hour
    Nurse within 2-4 hours (they must nurse within 24)
    Pass meconium (first poop) by 6 hours

    Mare care:
    Clean mare/wrap tail before foaling
    After foaling, she should stand within 30 minutes
    Placenta should be dropped within about 3 hours
    Tie up placenta if it is not dropped right away so it is not stepped on and pulled out (tie it to itself)
    Do not pull placenta out, as it can rip and remain in mare (causing infection)
        04-12-2014, 07:05 AM
    Wow thank you for all the info and tips!
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        04-12-2014, 08:19 PM
    Just heard that it is official that Colly is in full heat now all I have to do is wait for her to get ultrasounded the end of the month to see if she is in foal then I will be able to bring her home and love all over on her :)
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