Originally Posted by dbarabians
Glad to hear that the foal is well.
If the mare was stressed and delivered the foal in such circumstances she may not have had or given the foal enough colustrum to build up his immunity. Or else she may have not gotten the proper round of shots to prevent illnesses and did not have any immunity to pass to the foal.
I understand the frustration some members have with the lack of prfessional care available to the foal.
However this is a new member who is asking for advice.
The OP could in the future use the knowledge of the members this forum has to prevent further problems.
Advice given without judgement is usually heeded better than that given in a judgemental manner.
Implying that the OP is not responsible will do the foal no good and only negate the good advice members have posted. Perhaps we need to remember the foal is the purpose of the thread.
To the OP good luck. This forum is full of sound advice and people that care about all horses. Your foal included. Shalom
Wow. So the best we can do is sugar coat the issue and not tell the owner what she doesn't want to hear, that she needs the help of a professional, and then go research home remedies that probably are ineffective to help a foal who possibly is dying?
Telling the owner that she needs a vet and, if she cannot afford one, she doesn't need the horse, is realism. Not judgement. I have friends right now who were a little peeved at me but now grateful, because I told them they could not afford a "horsey" for their grandchild, no matter how she cried for one. Instead, they are letting her spend time with mine until the time they can afford one, vet and all.
Should I, instead, have let them plunge in? Well, I am plain-spoken and just call it like it is. Sorry.