Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Southern Indiana
You already have a vet involved which is great and your best asset. Blessed Are The Brood Mares by M. Phyllis Lose is recommended reading. Of course my foaling kit always contained everything recommended but what I really only used was iodine to treat the navel (this is a must in my opinion), towels to dry off the foal (not a must but I liked to do it), and a children's size enema to help along the meconium (some people wait to see if they pass it on their own but I preferred to be proactive).
Reading material is usually about horse foals and what I found different between what my horse foals did and what the mini foals did is this:
They get up much faster I guess because they don't have those long legs to try to control. And their first thought is learning how to run and buck instead of playing where's the teats. LOL Can be quite concerning when you want them to nurse in that first hour or two and all they want to do is be on the move. I found if I gave them about 30 minutes of that play time and then locked them in a stall they'd settle down and start working on figuring out how to nurse. The stall was also mini sized at 8' X 6' because a regular stall would still give them too much room for antics.
Once they've gotten up, pooped and peed, nursed and settled back down for a nap then it's your time to head in for some much needed shuteye and leave mom and foal alone for a bit to bond.
You will have an incredible urge to carry them around with you. LOL It's good to get them used to you holding them but not constantly.
That's the basic stuff that I can think of. It's been a while since any babies were born here so I might have forgotten something. Feel free to ask questions, there's plenty of experienced breeders here on the forum. Don't fret if you get different answers because there's always more ways than one to skin a cat.
R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.