Have your mare foal down at Rouse House Horse Hospital.The safest and best option for the health and safety of both mare and foal is to have a vet present during foaling. Rouse House Horse Hospital offers a foaling down service, to ensure the best possible outcome for your mare and foal. You've invested a lot of time and money in the care of your mare - stud fees, ultrasounds, worming, feeding and your emotional investment. Don't leave the foaling to chance!
All mares and foals at Rouse House Horse Hospital are monitored carefully before, during and post foaling. All foaling is assisted - with the vet on site to ensure things are progressing as they should. Many issues can arise if your mare is left to foal unassisted.
Some of these problems can include:
Many of these problems require immediate veterinary intervention. If problems present during foaling they need to be addressed immediately. Even if you are present during foaling, a vet may not be able to attend in time to assist the mare and foal.
MAIDEN MARESMaiden mares can be unpredictable new mothers. Some mares are so fascinated with their newborn babies that they don't allow them to nurse. Others can be aggressive towards their foals, so supervision and intervention if required is essential to ensure the health of both mare and foal.
FOALING DOWN SERVICEWhen your mare foals down at Rouse House Horse Hospital, the service does not just cover the actual foaling. It also includes:
It is preferable for your mare to arrive between two and four weeks before her expected due date. This is so she can become familiar with her surroundings and the daily routine. Mares are stabled at night, and turned out in day yards or private paddocks during the day.
Our foaling down service provides a controlled environment for foaling - with assisted delivery and full surgical facilities on site.
POST FOALING PROBLEMS - THE FOALAfter birth, it is important to ensure that the foal is standing and drinking within the correct time frames. Some foals have problems nursing - the foal must nurse within the first four hours of birth. If the foal does not receive colostrum it can result in failure of passive transfer (not receiving vital nutrients and antibodies). At Rouse House Horse Hospital, mare and foals are closely monitored.
Conformation problems are common in newborn foals, and can be rectified if they are treated early, and can include:
All of these problems can be easily corrected (usually without surgery) if they are addressed in the first 72 hours.
POST FOALING PROBLEMS - THE MARESome post-foaling problems in mares include:
Post foaling, mares and foals are closely monitored. Any problems that may be present are able to be treated immediately.
MARE AND FOAL CAREPost foaling, mare and foal must be monitored to ensure no abnormalities are present. When your mare foals at Rouse House Horse Hospital, both mare and foal are stabled and monitored after foaling. This is done to ensure the foal is in good health and free of any neurologic or central nervous system irregularities.
Foals also receive basic handling and are used to human contact.