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Newborn Guide and Foaling Schedule:
Foaling Schedule Page 4
Foaling Schedule Page 4
Foaling Schedule, Prenatal: Two Months  in Advance up to the Expected Due Date
The Big Day: Things to do on the day the foal hits the ground
Starting One Week after Foaling: Milk Drawdown, Vaccinations, Planning Weaning, etc.
Weaning Time: Weaing Methods and planning, Feeding, and Maintenance onYyoung Foals
Downloading this Schedule: Adobe (PDF), WordPerfect (WPD), Ms Word (DOC) and (RTF)


Weaning . . .

I.  Schedule weaning when you can wean several foals at same time.
If weaning one foal . . .
~ leave it with other horses and/or in familiar surroundings
~ move the mare out of the foal’s range of hearing.
If there are no other horses on the farm . . .
~ rent a padded cell for 48 hours (for yourself),
~ and be there to provide support for the “traumatized” foal

II.  Have grain available to help offset hunger pangs . . .
do not provide grain “free choice” unless they are already on full feed
have a good hay available free choice
Provide a loose mineral
III.  Provide free choice exercise: this time is critical for strong bone development

Once daily
after weaning the latest worldbeater foals . . .          

I.  Catch, halter, and brush the foals
II.  Examine their feet and hooves
Your farrier and your HorseDoc will appreciate it


© 2003 Dr.  Robert L.  Leonard, DVM, AAEP
The Animal Clinic and Equine Center
West Plains, Missouri

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