09-27-2010, 10:53 PM
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First off, you must get colostrum into your foal ASAP if he has not had sufficient, OR you must get a plasma transfer. Otherwise your foal will not have immunity to stay healthy/alive until his own immune system develops.
Next-- I would advise bucket-training him. Hold a dish or small bucket under her head, dip your fingers in the milk, and let him lick your fingers. Lower your fingers into the dish/bucket, keep up the dipping/licking until his nose is touching the milk, and eventually he will (hopefully) try the milk.
It takes time and patience. But getting a foal to drink from a bucket can make it waaaay easier to raise, since as they get older, you can leave 1/4 to 1/2 day's milk in front of them all the time, meaning way less times you have to wake up to feed, and also baby will drink as much as they want to any time they want to.
Sorry for your complications with mama, whatever they might be-- been there done that-- the first week or 2 is a blur, but it usually settles into a routine pretty quickly.