In Home Care for Dogs, Cats & Horses
Rebecca D. Young, DVM
540 382 3993
Rebecca D. Young, DVM
Cedar Run Veterinary Services
PO Box 276
Christiansburg, VA 24068
Phone: (540)382-3993
Cedar Run Veterinary Services
Prior to Foaling
Begin treatment for fescue toxicosis 10 day prior to anticipated foaling (if at risk)
do not discontinue treatment until foaling
Have the veterinarian's number visibly posted in the barn

Keep a watch or clock on hand to time each stage of labor

Wash the mare's vulva, udder and hindquarters as needed to keep clean

Bring mare into a clean stall with ample straw bedding nightly

Wrap the mare's tail with a clean wrap when you observe stage 1 of labor

Normally, foals present with both front feet with the muzzle following ~ 10 cm behind 
Malposition is likely if this presentation does not occur.  Immediate veterinary intervention is recommended.

If a mare takes longer that 30 minutes to deliver the foal or does not make progress for 10 minutes, call the veterinarian immediately


  Foaling Kit
Note pad
Wash Bucket
Tail Wrap
Ivory Soap
Rolled Cotton
Iodine for Navel Dip
Clean Towels
Bag for Placenta
Antibiotic Ointment
Hemorrhoidal Ointment
+/- Scissors
+/- Hemostats
+/- Baby Bottle
+/- Stethoscope
After 11 months of pregnancy, your mare is close to foaling.  Labor and delivery, while momentous, are normally uneventful.  Mares prefer to foal at night with privacy.  Because most mares foal without difficulty, it is usually best to be a quiet observer.
What you can do, however, is prepare your mare for a safe and successful delivery.  Here are some pointers from our years of experience in foaling mares:
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