Items in my Foaling Kit: (or close on hand)
-flashlight and batteries: extra light always comes in handy!
-a phone of some type: if you need to make a call for some extra hands or the vet,it's better if you can do it immediately and without leaving your mare.I also have the vet's number close at hand.
-notepad and pencils:to take notes of the foaling,mare's progress,ect.
-clock or watch: to keep track of the timeline
-clean towels and rags: lots of them and assorted sizes,used for many purposes!
-mild liquid soap: for washing the mare. Diluted Betadine solution will work too.
-Novalsan/betadine,ect.: for dipping the foal's navel
-tail wrap: I loosely braid the tail and wrap the upper portion with vet wrap.
-string/fishing line/baler twine:to tie off the foal's cord if it won't break on it's own and I have to cut it,and to tie up the placenta although I usually just tie the placenta itself into a few knots until it's not dragging on the ground.
-obstretical/rubber gloves:to wear if I need to go in and assist.
-garbage bags:to put the placenta in if you need to keep it,to put dirty clothes into,ect.
-a couple small containers:to use to dip the navel or if you need to get some milk.I will sometimes use a quirt bottle to do the navel instead.
-scissors and a knife:to pierce a tough sac,cut the placenta during a red bag delivery,cut the cord,cut string,ect.
-a bucket or two:for washing up,and to mix antiseptic/lubricant solution if I need to go in and reposition the foal.
-Vasiline:to lubricate hands,ect. if necessary.
-paper towels:to clean myself up.
-halter and lead rope: if I need to move,tie,or restrain the mare quickly for whatever reason.
-syringe: if I need to syringe some milk into a weak foal.
-thermometer:in case I need to take mare's or foal's temperature.
-homemade breast pump:to pump colostrum/milk out of udder if needed.I use a LARGE syringe with the tip cut off and plunger inserted "backwards"). Some mares are really tough to milk by hand!
-camera: to take lots and lots of pictures,of course! :)
I also either have on hand or know where I can get it:
-jump start:in case the foal needs that extra boost.
-Ivermectin: to deworm the mare after foaling.
-oxytocin: in case the mare needs help getting rid of the afterbirth.
-enema: if baby's having issues getting that first poop out.
I've probably forgotten something..Will add if I think of something I missed.
Last edited by countryryder; 03-13-2012 at 07:49 PM.