Newborn Foal Care - It Matters!

We believe that everything we do with a foal lays the foundation for the rest of their lives. The handling of a newborn foal in the first fewAttendant Dries Foal With Large Soft Towel hours and days of its life can have a significant impact on its health and subsequent performance as it matures and enters different segments of the performance horse industry. That is why we feel it is important to pay close attention to every aspect; how we handle them, feed them and care for them so that we produce foals that are healthy and well adjusted to people. 
Each foaling is attended by one or more of our staff. Records are kept regarding the mare’s delivery and tracks the foal’s arrival the early days. These become part of the foal’s permanent health record. Upon delivery, the mare is milked and the foal bottle fed so that we are able to record how much actual colostrum is ingested in ounces; a minimum of 8 ounces is required, however, usually 12-16 ounces are fed.
We administer Novartis EDavid Feeds A Minimum of 8 Ounces of Colostrumquine Coli Endotox orally to the newborn foal as it provides specific, passive antibodies it needs to help ward off E. coli infections. EPIC Foal Neonate is also administered immediately after foaling and again within 6-8 hours. This product contains whole egg protein complexes and help prevent or reduce neonatal foal diahrrhea.  Once the foal has has been helped to his/her feet, it is helped learn to nurse and an enema is given. 

Blood is drawn and the foal’s IgG level is obtained within 24 hours.  If the foal’s IgG is compromised, then hyper-immunized plasma is administered and another IgG is acquired until all levels fall within normal limits is achieved.

Each foal is monitored closely the first few weeks and turnout begins the first week.  We  have a great reminder proJames Helps the Foal to its Feetgram in the computer and set up each horse in the computer with it’s list of procedures to be completed based on birth date.  The procedures include the dates to deworm, see the farrier, see the equine dentist, obtain chest scans and for the complete vaccination schedule.

Quick Links:

    Young Horse Care & Development, Part 1-Birth to Six Months-A 

    Foal Care and Problems –