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Chelley 05-15-2012 10:20 AM

Normal Stool In One Day Old Foal?? AND Foal Color
 
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Hi, Please help set my mind at ease. Can you please tell me what a normal one day old foal's bowel movements should like like? Yesterday he passed some really sticky dark colored stuff a little while after delivery and then had some hard stools-almost looked like big green olives, and then it went to really sticky orange/yellow stuff that sticks to him. It is not diarrhea, but it is very soft and gooey. This is our first foal so I am really nervous and just want to make sure all is okay. Does that sound normal and if so should it stay that color/consistency for awhile or will it change soon again?

He is nursing well, up and walking and trotting laps around his mom and then napping intermittently. He looks good and healthy and he will be getting some kind of shot from the vet later today.

Also, I attached a picture-His mom is a Fox Trotter bay and the stud is a Fox Trotter dark palimino...any guesses by looking at him now as to what color you think he might be? His mane is the reddish color and tail is red with a lot of the creamy color underneath like what is on his legs.

Any opinions and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!! :-)

CLaPorte432 05-15-2012 10:25 AM

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Well, hes either chestnut or palomino. Many palominos are born reddish and shed out. You can DNA test him for cream, or wait and see what happens.

The poo changes colors. Its first dark. And once they start nursing it gets to be a lighter almost tan color. I dont know how linf it stays like that but yes, it is normal.
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Rascaholic 05-15-2012 10:28 AM

Congrats on the gorgeous baby! Discuss the concerns with your vet when they come for shots. We can offer opinions but the vet will be there and "know" for your peace of mind :)

DimSum 05-16-2012 01:45 PM

It's called "meconium" - the first stool a newborn passes (human infants too). It is made up of amniotic fluid and other things that are still in the GI tract when the foal is born and it is quite normal.

My money will be on chestnut or sorrel as to color. Congrats :D

Chelley 05-19-2012 11:30 AM

Thanks everyone! He is doing great and so much fun to watch-can't believe how in a day they can go from so wobbly to running around and bouncing. I think we have taken a million pictures an he is less than a week old!

At what age will we know his color? He looks lighter underneath so I am wondering if he will go palimino like the stud. Will be interesting to see what he ends up being.

Dreamcatcher Arabians 05-19-2012 02:49 PM

I'm putting my money on chestnut but I could be wrong because I've never seen a palomino foal. Chestnut foals have 'pink' looking rimming around their eyes at first and later it gets dark, that's what I'm basing my chestnut guess on. I don't know if palominos do the same though.

Chelley 05-19-2012 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians (Post 1507010)
I'm putting my money on chestnut but I could be wrong because I've never seen a palomino foal. Chestnut foals have 'pink' looking rimming around their eyes at first and later it gets dark, that's what I'm basing my chestnut guess on. I don't know if palominos do the same though.

His eyes did look a little pink around the rims right at first but they are already looking much darker to me. Either coat color will be great-not that we could change it anyway. My daughter was praying for a buckskin as she read that is a very possible combination when breeding a bay and a palomino, but she is just thrilled to have him here cute and healthy! It will be neat to see the stages he goes through to get to the end result.

smrobs 05-19-2012 07:43 PM

He's a cutie, and most definitely a chestnut/sorrel.

Oxer 05-20-2012 01:37 AM

omg his inquisitive little face is TO DIE FOR!!!


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