Your Foaling Mare

Your Foaling Mare

A few steps and guides that can help with your foaling mare.

CONCEPTION TO 6 MONTHS

Exercise: normal; Nutrition: mineralized salt, pasture, alfalfa or grass hay, grain 0.5-1.5 lb/100 lbs body weight as needed. 6 MONTHS TO BIRTH Exercise: free; Nutrition: cal-phos supplement, protein supplement, Rhino immunization, Pneumabort K vaccine at 5, 7, and 9 months, sleeping sickness, Tetanus, Influenza boosters 3-4 weeks prior to foaling.

Udder ME

3-4 weeks
Softening of croup area

approx. 2 wks
Waxing

36-48 hours
Milk (yellow/smokey/white)

12 hours

If mare drips milk excessively, some should be collected and saved for the foals. REMEMBER – ALL FOALING SIGNS ARE VARIABLE! DELIVERY Wrap tail; Allow things to progress on their own as much as possible.

water bag breaks

time 0
2 front feet and head present

time 10 minutes
feet, head, chest, hips

time 30 minutes
foal standing

time 60-120 minutes
fetal membranes passed

time under 3 hours
foal nursing

time 2-4 hours

NORMAL PROGRESSION:

YOUR VETERINARIAN SHOULD BE CALLED IF:

  1. The foaling process is interrupted or doesn’t progress as above.
  2. Fetal membranes are not passed by 6 hours or are not complete.
  3. Any unusual happening or any other concerns.