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post #11 of 13 Old 04-05-2012, 06:21 PM
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If she is in foal, as someone else said, find someone to be at your home with you so you can pay close attention to your mare, if this is her first foal, due to her being a first time mama, it is very important that someone is there in case something should go wrong.

Here are some things to do and/or have:

The vets #'s, both emergency and off hours

Clean towels

Iodine to dip the end of the umbilical in

Twine to tie the umbilical off

Scissors

Flash light with new batteries

Thermometer

Foaling stall with a lot of soft straw in it

Blanket to rub the foal off or wrap them in if it is cold

I am sure others will be able to add to this list. Here is a very helpful web site that you can read and it may help you too..

Foaling
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post #12 of 13 Old 04-05-2012, 07:49 PM
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Mares can and will delay a birth. They can also stop the process if disturbed. Doing a check every few hours is good. The people I know of thqat have moved into the barn have slept through the birth.
I would also caution against assisting when it is not needed.
Once her water breaks you have about an hour for her to foal . If the feet are protruding then it should be about 30 minutes.
If you must pull pull when she pushes.
It can take the foal an hour or more to stand. Good luck. Shalom
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post #13 of 13 Old 04-05-2012, 09:54 PM
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Here's a link that has a bunch of suggestion on what to have on hand in a foaling kit:

Foaling Kits
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