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Orphan foal

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dreamonthefly
Weanling
Username: Dreamonthefly

Post Number: 24
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 04:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

hello. hoping someone with experience can help me. We have the unfortunate situation of a 7 day orphan foal. We are raising her with a pony mare and on milk replacer. Have heard different views on how much to allow her to consume. The filly is 140 lbs and we give her 1L every two hours. We were cautioned not to go over 750ml to avoid a gastro problem....and others say she should be able to take her fill. I am starting to think we should be increasing it alot but not really sure. any thoughts from experience would help ease troubled minds. Thanks for your help.
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 1332
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 04:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

SO sorry for the loss of your mare. Heartbreaking, thank heavens you have a pony mare to be her companion. Wishing you great success. I have not had that experience so no knowledge to share but I share you sadness.
 

Jane Olney
Breeding Stock
Username: Shotsnurse1

Post Number: 579
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 05:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My heart goes out to you. I was thinking about adopting a nursemare foal this year and I did some research. This link will give some info. Just watch yourself. You will want one of the ones that are up for adoption.

Please post pictures of the pair...we like to know who we are sending HUGS to. Here are helpful hints: http://www.lastchancecorral.org/foal_rescue/FoalCare.php

and....after looking, I want to go get one tomorrow!!!!!!! Look at these babies!
http://www.lastchancecorral.org/foal_rescue/LCCNurseMareFoalRescue.php
 

Jos
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 1789
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 09:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have taken this from our short course notes. Additionally, I will add that it is worth while either finding an alternative milk source (foster mare or goat), or getting the foal to drink directly from a bucket as soon as possible.
  • Feeding Schedule:
    • Day 1 through 7: Once every hour
    • Day 8 through 14: Once every two hours
    • Day 15 through 21: Once every three hours
    • Day 22 through 28: Once every four hours
    • Day 29 to weaning: Four times a day
  • Initially, the foal will eat about 4 to 8 ounces (125 cc to 250 cc) of formula at each feeding. Each week this should be increased to the maximum amount the foal will consume without exhibiting any adverse affects.
    • Diarrhea or a low-grade fever, are often signs of overfeeding or that the formula is too rich.Although milk-replacement manufacturers often suggested a more concentrated formula than mare’s milk, it is thought that a less concentrated mixture may lead to fewer problems with constipation and dehydration.
  • It is essential to the foal’s intestinal well being that access to fresh manure from a healthy adult horse be provided.
    • This populates the foal’s gut with essential bacteria.
 

dreamonthefly
Weanling
Username: Dreamonthefly

Post Number: 25
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 10:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

remarkably...and if there was any 'luck" to be had for our situation the foal went straight from nursing the mare to drinking from a bucket...no bottle was ever needed. thank you for the advice and suggestions we have heard everything from 750 ml to 2.2L per feed. we will press on....
again our thanks.



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