Sunshines foaling * Update * He is Here *
So, I am a little nervous, excited, and well I am just unsure of how to handle myself. We bought a great mare today!! Perfect for my kids, she just happens to be bred. Looks to be about ready to pop. I checked when I got her home and she has no waxing and looks to be closed up so I don't think it will be in the near like week or so. Just wanted to kinda keep up with what is going on and maybe have some people to back me up and give me as much knowledge as I can take in. I have raised several foals so this aint the first but, still a nervous situation.
So.... this is what I know she is a 12 year old QH around 14.5 hh. The studs got in the pasture with her 2 times, the owner was unsure of which stud she is bred by. So, today starts the foal watching and waiting. Please join me for support!
Pictures are required :D
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Ok, so these are a few I got today, it is storming and really nasty so I couldn't get any when we got her home But, I will load some after work tomorrow from check before work.
Good luck with the foaling!! What color are the possible daddies?
Um. I'm not sure, she said Arabian is most likely daddy. I am so nervous!! What is something you all think is a must have for foaling!??!
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Here's some great tips on preparing for a foal.
Flashlight & Batteries Many mares foal at night or early in the morning, so keep these on hand to provide light.
Plastic Bag To put placenta in. Placenta should be examined to make sure that there are no holes, tears, or pieces missing (which would mean that a piece could still be in the mare and could lead to infection)
String To tie off umbilical cord if it doesn’t break. Or tie up placenta if mare does not drop it right away (tie it to itself to prevent the mare from stepping on and pulling it out)
Scissors To cut string, or tough sac around foal, or to cut string or suture material to tie off cord. Iodine 7% and film canister
To dip foal’s umbilical stump - pour iodine in clean film canister & dip foal's umbilical stup in it. This will help prevent infection. Betadine can also be used.
Mild soap & warm water or BetadineTo wash mare (vulva, udders) prior to foaling. This will help prevent infection.
Dry washclothes and towels .To grasp foal to pull if needed, clean foal and mare if needed.Frozen colostrum To give foal if mare does not produce colostrum.
Plastic Gloves To keep hands clean Vetrap To wrap mare's tail prior to foaling.Notepad & pencils
To record time, mare’s behavior, how foaling goes
Two Enemas In case foal does not pass meconium (first poop). Consult a vet before administering, as it is easy to cause a perforation of the bowel which can kill a foal.
Vaseline To lubricate hands if necessary to reposition foal
Twitch If mare rejects or attacks foalHalter & lead ropes (including stud chain)To move, tie, or restrain mare if necessary.
Clean bucket To rinse hands, foal, mare
Watch To keep track of time
Paper towels To clean yourself, mare, foal, etc.
Cordless or Cell phone To call your vet in case of a problem without having to leave your mare.
When the foal is born:
Make sure the foal's nostrils are clear so it can breathe. If needed, you can dry the foal with a towel (most mares will clean their foals). Treat foal's umbilical stump with iodine for the first several days to prevent infection.
Normal Foals will:
Get up within an hour
Nurse within 2-4 hours (they must nurse within 24)
Pass meconium (first poop) by 6 hours
Clean mare/wrap tail before foaling
After foaling, she should stand within 30 minutes
Placenta should be dropped within about 3 hours
Tie up placenta if it is not dropped right away so it is not stepped on and pulled out (tie it to itself)
Do not pull placenta out, as it can rip and remain in mare (causing infection)
Wow! Lots of great info!! I've been running around grabbing stuff and there's so much I didn't think of!
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awww what a sweet mare. Kids and horses are the cutest thing in the world.
I'm a huge fan of QH/Arab mixes... can't wait to see the foal, hope all goes well! Do you know if she's had a foal before?
If you've had foals in the past I'm sure you know that generally all goes completely well, without any intervention from you whatsoever. But it's alllllways good to be prepared "just in case"
Beautiful mare!!! Can't wait to see this baby!!! HorseLovinLady pretty muched covered all the important stuff!!! Good luck and keep us posted!!!
She's a darling girl. Will you be keeping the baby?
More than likely she'll have that baby when you are not around. They always seem to do that.
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