Our Recommended Foaling
Even though it is really cold outside, it's still almost Spring! Spring is a beautiful time of year when you can start smelling the flowers, the trees start to blossom, and your miniature horses start to foal!
Although, some vets recommend you to help foal your miniature horse in an equine hospital, it's not required unless your mare had problems in the past. All you need is a Foaling Kit! Below is our recommendation to help deliver a foal.
If you prefer to use a vet, make sure you have phone number and alternate phone numbers in a safe place on your barn wall.
Have a clock or watch to keep track of the passing time.
Make sure to have a vet wrap for the mare's tail so it doesn't get messy or in the way. A lot of people will also braid the tail so it's easy to get out of the way.
Have a bucket with warm soapy water and lots of paper towels to clean the mare's hindquarters.
Make sure to have sterile sleeves and gloves for when you help pull the foal out, and Novalsan solution for naval. You will also need a small container for Novalsan solution to dip the naval in.
Have handy a pair of sterile scissors and blunt-tipped sterile scissors.
Lamb puller or a 2-3/8" diameter x 3 foot long ropes for hoof pulling.
J-Lube or KY Jelly. You will need a sterile pail, tubing, and 400ml - 600ml dose syringe for the J-Lube application.
NOTE: If you use J-Lube, keep in mind that is toxic to your mare if she has a c-section or any other surgical procedures, so be sure to inform your veterinarian, so they are careful to not spill any into the body cavity. This product is safe for use in the uterus.
You will also need a Baby nostril cleaner, nylon fishing line to tie off the umbilical cord, head lamps and baby blankets, a thermometer, Banamine paste for the mare (do not administer this until after she has passed the placenta. Administration prior to placenta passing may hinder explusion of placenta), flashlight with extra batteries, a cordless phone or cell phone, Baby Fleet's enema or use 1/2 adult dose, Mylicon drops for gas colic, and a baby bottle.