New Orphaned Foal

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

New Orphaned Foal

This is a discussion on New Orphaned Foal within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Diarrhea from foal lac powder
  • Feeding a 2month old foal who is very skinny

LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-29-2008, 12:39 PM
New Orphaned Foal

Hello! I am new here, and I joined this forum specifically to seek advice. Down the road from me a mare was charged by a pack of wild dogs (coyotes). She ran into a fence and subsequently passed away while trying to protect her 8 week old foal. Word quickly spread this morning that the owner intended to kill the foal because he "didn't have time for an orphan".

I rushed over and he eagerly gave the foal to me. The foal seems to be skinny, but is grazing very well. I've noticed he has diarrhea, and I watched him to make sure he's drinking water and thankfully he is. The original owner said that he was given all of his regular shots as a newborn.

I am going to go to the feedstore, and I just need a helping hand in what I should purchase for him in terms of feed and supplements. I am thinking that I should get him a pelleted milk replacer and some creep feed of some sort - not to mention some Probios for the diarrhea. Am I on the right track? I've owned horses for years - just never an orphan.
Sponsored Links
    09-29-2008, 03:17 PM
I have no foal knowledge, but I googled it and I found this article

Where ever you go, I would see if there is someone knowledgeable there that can help you pick out the correct things. But I would also go to the store with a list of things that is either said here, or you found in an article (just incase the person helping you has never dealt with this before)

I wish you and the foal lots of luck!
    09-29-2008, 03:31 PM
Last year me and a friend had three two week old orphaned foals. We feed them milk replacer pellets and gave the one stud colt Peptobismal for his runs. They turned out to be very nice horses who were very healthy. I would deworm them as soon as you can as well.
    09-29-2008, 05:16 PM
Thank you appylover - that article was very informative :) Fehrground - I've heard of using pepto, and if the diarrhea doesn't clear up by tonight I think I'm going to have to give the little guy some of it. Thank you for the suggestion!

I went ahead and put him on foal feed (Omolene 300) and I am supplementing it with Calf Manna. I gave him 10 grams of Probios as well. I offered him soaked alfalfa, but he really didn't want anything to do with it so I gave it to my other horses instead.

Here are some pictures of him that I took today:
    09-29-2008, 05:20 PM
Don't know if this should be done, but I would leave him soaked alfalfa or hay or something for him to munch on if he gets hungry.
Since he still is young he's probably not going to be as interested in it as older horses, but I would leave it there for him so he can experiment with it.
Like I said, I don't know if that should be done, i'm just going off of what I would do.
    09-29-2008, 05:36 PM
I don't know anything at all about foals, but I just had to say he's really really cute/handsome. I want him!
    09-29-2008, 05:52 PM
Congrats! Aw, he's adorable, it's nice you're taking care of him. :)
    09-29-2008, 05:57 PM
Yes, a foal should be testing grass and feed--whatever he sees momma eating-but his digestive tract is just not ready for those things as a major source of nutrition. At 2 months, you should be feeding him with a milk replacer made specifically for foals or milk replacer pellets. Grains are hard to digest to begin with even for adult horse with good teeth, so they are a very poor choice for foals who have grinding teeth.
    09-29-2008, 06:33 PM
Thank you for your kind replies :) I looked at Foal-Lac powder as a milk replacer - but it said that at 8 weeks they should be weaned to the Foal-Lac pellets. Since he's more like 10 weeks he's definitely past the bottle-feeding age thank goodness. Wouldn't you know though - that the feed store did not have any Foal Lac Pellets, only the powder. Would the Calf Manna work okay until I can locate some milk replacer pellets?
    09-30-2008, 01:08 AM
He is a real stunner! I hope he pulls thru for you, I'm sure he will.

What kind of feed stores do you have? Alot of the time my feed store will special order feed in for me.

How long ago did his mom die? He does look rather skinny for a ten week old colt. It's nice to see that he is eating grass though.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:05 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0