Preparations before and leading up to foaling
2 months in advance . . .
remove mares from fescue pasture and hay
vaccinate to booster immunity if not already done according to reminders
evaluate body condition; start feeding a minimum of 4 lbs. of grain
1 month in advance . . .
administer vitamin E and selenium
vaccinate with tetanus toxoid if not already done according to reminders
check for Caslick’s surgery
Review breeding/due dates
examine udder for filling
inventory foaling supplies:
antibiotic/iron/vitamins A, D, and E injection
Ivermectin base dewormer
choose a birthing center (inside/outside?)
Review imprinting procedures
review foaling video
1 week in advance . . .
examine the udder on “experienced” mares (those foaling for the second time, or more)
If no udder activity for experienced mares, CALL US IMMEDIATELY!
start on Domperidone
review “2 weeks in advance . . .” section above