She is sweet, curious and very friendly.
She is eating like a horse, and pushing things out the other end just as it should be.
I thought I might post a few reminders for the process of foaling. I know I always like to read over these points to refresh my memory as foaling season approaches...
1. A healthy newborn foal should be able to stand within one hour of delivery
2. Should be nursing within two hours. If your foal is too weak to stand and nurse, contact your veterinarian immediately.
3. Dip your foal's umbilical stump with dilute chlorhexidine or iodine twice daily for 2-3 days or until the stump is dry.
4. Every foal should pass its first manure, or meconium, within 12-24 hours of delivery. Meconium is pasty or pelleted in consistency and dark brown or black in color. Following meconium passage, the foal's feces should be soft and light tan in color.
5. Your foal should ingest at least 1-2 pints of good quality colostrum within the first 24 hours life to ensure absorption of adequate antibodies. Peak absorption occurs during the first 6-12 hours following birth. The primary antibody in colostrum is IgG. Healthy foals that have nursed and absorbed adequate colostrum have an IgG concentration in their bloodstream of at least 800 mg/dl.
6. You should observe your newborn foal frequently during the first few weeks of life to detect early signs of disease. Often the first sign of a sick foal is lethargy and decreased nursing vigor accompanied by an overly distended udder on the mare.
1. The foal should be presented with both forelimbs extended (one slightly ahead of the other) followed by the outstretched head after the placenta ruptures and the mare expels a large volume of fetal fluids.
2. Delivery should progress rapidly, with the foal being born within 30-45 minutes. If your mare experiences prolonged labor without the delivery of a foal - or if the foal appears in an abnormal position - contact your veterinarian.
3. The mare should pass her placenta within three hours of delivery. It's important that your mare does not retain her placenta, as that could lead to a uterine infection that may affect future fertility, cause laminitis or become potentially fatal.
4. Weigh the placenta, and save it for your veterinarian to examine to look for signs of disease and to be certain that the entire placenta has been passed. A normal placenta should weigh approximately 10 percent of your foal's birth weight.
5. It's recommended that all newborn foals receive a routine neonatal examination by a veterinarian within the first 24 hours. Early disease detection in both the newborn foal and postpartum mare can be life saving.