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Re: RC: First Foal

>From: vvarney []
>Sent: Friday, March 17, 2000 9:55 AM
>To: ridecamp
>Subject: RC:
>We are expecting (any day now) our first foal in many years.
>I would love to have some of the more experienced breeders on ridecamp share
>their "newborn care routine " with me.
>I keep getting mixed info on things like: iodine on navels, ivermectin for
>mare after foaling, testing for antibodies.........
>What do you guys do?
>We have big hopes for this baby and want to everything right.
> Who has horses playing in
>six inches of snow today !

I get iodine on the navel first thing,  then do whatever imprinting I'm
going to do and help the mare dry the foal off .  By this time it is
normally trying to stand so I release it to get its motor coordination
together and start nursing.  I keep an eye on the foal and make sure it
passes the meconium, and make sure the mare passes the placenta -- which I
check for intactness then put in a bucket so the vet can do his own check.
The vet is always called first thing in the morning and he comes out to
check the mare and foal and draw some foal blood to check for a good level
of antibodies (mare always gets vaccinated and wormed  about a month before
she's due).  I don't do any worming right after foaling, but your vet
should be your guide on that.

Lynn Kinsky (Santa Ynez, CA)

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