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    01-24-2011, 10:08 PM
Disinfecting stalls before birth??

I've been reading that your should clean and disinfect your horses stall before she gives birth. I'm just wondering how many people doe this/ what are you pre-birth routines??
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    01-25-2011, 09:50 AM
The large Breeding Farms do disinfect the foaling stalls, because they have paid help to do it and they use the foaling stalls for multiple foalings by different mares. Most importantly they are breeding high dollar horses so they need to take all precautions for healthy mares and foals. In the instance of only one mare on premises to foal it isn't necessary to disinfect the stall. We foaled my mare 3 times and didn't disinfect the stall either time. It is extremely important that a new born foals umbilical cord stump be treated with Vet strength Iodine. That will prevent any germs, bacteria to get into the foals system.

First and foremost, a Foaling kit should put together. You will need a:
1) human baby, for in case the mare can't stand and some of her milk can be put in the bottle for the foal to get it's first milk.
2) small jar of vaseline or I preferred K-Y Jelly to lubricate the tip of an enema doser for the foal.
3) Cotton Gauze Roll
4) Flashlight
5) Injectible antibiotics and tetanus toxoid
6) Needles and syringes
7) Blunt end scissors
8) Surgical gloves
9) An adult Fleet enema in the green box

It has some years, about 9 or so that we foaled my mare the last time. If I were to have a mare to foal I'd know instincively what to do, but put it all down in words is proving to be difficult to do.
    01-25-2011, 09:55 AM
Originally Posted by candandy49    
It is extremely important that a new born foals umbilical cord stump be treated with Vet strength Iodine. That will prevent any germs, bacteria to get into the foals system.
Actually the neo natal specialists prefer a nolvasan solution. No burning and less irritation to the sensitive area of the foal.

A bonus is it also does not stain fingers and clothing or white on the foal.
    01-25-2011, 10:09 AM
Green Broke
I did disinfect the foaling stall before birth, but that's the way I have been taught, I also disinfect every 3rd time I clean them. I just spray them down with Stall Safe.
    01-25-2011, 01:16 PM
Ok, my girl has 5 months left but I'm getting nervous :)

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