Labour. You will sense when labour has started by your
mare's restlessness. She will start pacing round her box.
She may peer at or kick her stomach, and lift her tail.
Lasting between 20 minutes and half an hour and the
following is what takes place:
of the waters - call the vet if nothing else happens after
2.The amnion - a balloon-like bag - will appear. Normally
this is broken by the foal's front feet. If it doesn't
tear normally break it and clear the foal's nostrils.
3. Appearance of the foal's front feet - call the vet
if any other part of the body comes out first.
4. Head, shoulders and rib cage and last of all the hindlegs.
If the mare is struggling - ribcage and shoulders can
cause problems - hold the foal's front legs above the
fetlocks and gently pull it down towards the mares hocks
as she pushes.
5. The umbilical cord should break naturally, turning
white as the blood ceases to flow.Treat the stump with
antiseptic. If it breaks early whilst still red pinch
the stump to stop it bleeding and treat with antiseptic.
Expulsion of the afterbirth. A retained or incomplete
afterbirth may lead to a dangerous infection in the mare.
So when it's finally expelled lay it out and inspect it
thoroughly. If there are any holes other than the one
out of which the foal emerged or the bag seems incomplete
call the vet.
2. Cleansing. When the foal starts to suckle you know
the mare has cleansed - cleansing can take as long as
six hours. At this point leave the pair in peace but remain
vigilent until the foal has passed his first droppings
and can lie down and get up again on his own.
3. The next day ask the vet to do a check and give the
foal his anti-tetanus injection.
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