Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Morrison, Oklahoma
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.