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
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Cedar Run Veterinary Services

Foal Care

Recommendations are presuming full vaccination of the dam prior to foaling

Neonate Exam 12-24 hours after birth

IgG testing @ 12-24 hours after birth

Physical Exam @ 5, 6 & 12 months of age

Deworm with Pyrantel or Fenbendazole @ 2, 4 & 6 months of age

Deworm with Ivermectin @ 8 months of age

Deworm with Quest Plus @ 10 months of age

EWT/West Nile & Tetanus Vaccination @ 5, 6 & 12 months of age

Lyme Vaccination @ 5, 6, & 12 months of age

Rabies Vaccination @ 5, 6 & 18 months of age

Rhino/Flu Vaccination @ 5, 6 & 12 months of age (if at risk)

Strangles Vaccination @ 5, 6, 7 & 18 months of age (if at risk)

Potomac Vaccination @ 5, 6 & 12 months of age (if at risk)

Dental Exam  @ 5, 6 & 12 months of age


A healthy foal will grow rapidly, gaining in height, weight and strength almost before your eyes.  From birth to age two, a young horse can achieve 90 percent or more of its full adult size, sometimes putting on as many as three pounds per day.  During this time, it is very important that you prevent disease, reduce parasite burden and appropriately meet their caloric needs.


The nutritional start a foal gets can have a profound affect on its health and soundness for the rest of its life.  A foal does not normally need grain if their dam is in normal milk production and they have access to roughage.  When a foal is weaned, you need to provide proper nutrition for growth.

Foal Feeding at Weaning

Provide free choice, high quality roughage and unlimited, fresh, clean water

Begin feeding grain @ 1% of body weight 2 weeks prior to weaning

Monitor foal growth and adjust feeding based on growth and fitness

Separate horses when feeding grain to ensure proper consumption

Do not overfeed 
Even slightly overweight foals are more prone to developmental orthopedic disease (OCD)


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