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        08-31-2009, 08:20 AM
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    Foal
    new foal

    I'm in the process of buying a mare due to foal in Dec.,09, I live in southern Indiana and am new at this I have 2 other horses but never had one foal, is Dec a bad time of year
         
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        08-31-2009, 08:59 AM
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    Green Broke
    As long as you have adequate facilities, it shouldn't be a problem. We are also in southern Indiana and I know that the winters can get kind of nasty, but if you are able to provide a dry, draft-free foaling stall you should be okay.
         
        08-31-2009, 10:45 AM
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    Yearling
    Yeah make sure that you have a clean and a big enough stall. I live in western kentucky and I have a mare that is going to foal in the middle of feb. I have purchased a foal blanket because it will be cold. You might want to invest in a foal blanket as well.
         
        08-31-2009, 10:47 AM
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    Weanling
    A lot of people do breed so the foal is born in Jan. So the foal is bigger for the weanling classes. You hould be fine as long as you keep the mare in a fully inclosed stall with plenty of straw bedding. A foal blanket will really help keep them warm but just besure to have a waterproof one. What we do for our winter babies is we have this thick polar fleece under blankets and then get a thick waterproof winter blanket to put on top. A lot of times people think they need to put a heat lamp in the stall...but don't it's really dangerous. Also, if you are present for the birth, heat some towels up in the dyer and towel dry the foal if the mare allowes.
         

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