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post #1 of 7 Old 02-09-2011, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Is this sufficient for a foal?

Hi All! I'm brand new here -- please forgive me if this question has already been covered elsewhere.

I have a horse that will foal in between the middle of march to the end of april. Avg temps during that time are around 50 degrees.
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Due to a recent move, we will only have a run in shed with an enclosed stall on one side (enclosed on 3 sides, the fourth side - to the inside of the run in shed - will be partly open so my mare can look out). The stall will be big enough for foaling (12x16 and my mare is 13hh). Will the foal stay warm enough with a blanket? My concern is that the foal won't be in an actual barn and have no heat source.

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-09-2011, 06:09 PM
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Hey! My mare has a very similar set up same situation. This is what my VET told me. (keep in mind its been in the twenties here lately) Mares have been foaling in the wild forever. Put heat lamps up if you are terribly worried, but DO NOT put a blanket on (mare or foal). I know my jaw dropped too. But he said the first few days the foal is learning to use its limbs etc, and you are just throwing something else on to add complications. Let them be natural (mares should not foal in blankets anyway, lots can go wrong) Go to home depot, spend a little on big heat lamps, high out of reach. They have special super grip ones that cannot be knocked down. Best of luck!
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I live in Canada, in Manitoba to be precise, where it gets colder then even the Arctic sometimes. Our mare foaled February 20th with zero problems in a rickety barn that was a wind break at best. The filly was turned out daily for the rest of winter and brought in at night. Neither of them wore blankets, and the mare was also a malnourished rescue.

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Oh, I'm relieved! I was worried since we don't have the funds to do a big barn till later this year (hopefully, lol). It will be my first foaling experience so I'm a bit nervous. Thank you for the info!
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don't worry, they're tough ;)
So long as it's not incredibly feezing a little cold won't hurt the baby. I too live in Canada & have seen several foals born in the cold months (between middle of January to March) Though the mothers were stalled until the baby hit the ground, the foals were turned out as early as the next day with just a run-in shelter or two & they all passed the winter fine.

Just keep an eye on the baby & though you don't want him/her born out on the snow when it's freezing mama will take good care of it. The worst case i've seen was the tips of the ears were froze off one mare I knew because she was born out in the snow when it was 30 below (or so we were told).

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No, she'll be fine unless you have some unseasonably severe cold (negative temps and add a wind chill) on the day she foals. I understand how nerve racking it can be being a first time horsey parent, but just relax. I'm sure they'll both be fine. Not to mention, we would sure love to see some pictures of the baby when it's born. We're all suckers for a cute little bundle of fluff here.

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post #7 of 7 Old 02-09-2011, 07:13 PM
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No, she'll be fine unless you have some unseasonably severe cold (negative temps and add a wind chill) on the day she foals. I understand how nerve racking it can be being a first time horsey parent, but just relax. I'm sure they'll both be fine. Not to mention, we would sure love to see some pictures of the baby when it's born. We're all suckers for a cute little bundle of fluff here.
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