Our Foaling Procedures
We ask that you have your mare arrive from a month to two weeks before her due date. This gives her time to get comfortable with us and her new surroundings.
When she begins to bag up she will be in the heated barn at night and 24-hour monitoring begins. A foal alert transmitter may also be attached at this time. (birth monitoring system)
At the time of foaling, we will be with her and ideally, she will foal on her own, but if she does need help we are will assist her.
After the foal is on the ground we stay with them until the following are completed:
Mare has been given pain medication.
Evaluation of mare colostrum using a colostrum refractometer.
The foal is standing.
The umbilical cord is disinfected.
Enema is administered to the foal.
The foal is sucking on its own/or bottle-fed if necessary.
The foal has passed meconium.
A Snap foal IGg test within 24 hours (A test to ensure the foal has received adequate antibodies from the mare's colostrum)
Mare is dewormed 24 hours post foaling
Due to the volume of mares foaling we are implementing a precautionary medication to all foals to help prevent clostridium beginning at 12 hours post birth. (As per veterinarian suggestion)
We will continue to monitor both mare and foal 24 hours a day for at least two more days.
A foaling fee of $700 covers the all the above this fee does not include any emergency fees.
In case of an emergency, Dr. Chad Hewlett from Energy Equine will be contacted.
Our rates are $20 per day and then $25 per day after the mare has foaled. This price covers hay and grain. (If any special feed or supplements are required we ask you to provide it)
If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to call or text us.
Thank you again, All of us at O’Brays
Ralph & Betty 403-479-1386