Post Number: 5
|Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 06:40 am: ||
Hi I have a new foal bborn aprox. 2 1/2 hrs ago. The foal is trying to suck, just not latching on real well. It got in a good 5 min. My vets office is closed due to snow. any suggestions?
Post Number: 19
|Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 08:53 am: ||
It is critical the foal gets the colostrum within 12 hours or the stomach will close to the antibodies. Not sure how that correlates to how long they suck at each feeding. We had a foal with "dumb foal syndrome" where he could not curl his tongue around the teat. Had to give him concentrated Igg's from the vet. Good luck.
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Post Number: 1987
|Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 12:04 pm: ||
bridgette, if you feel the foal is not getting enough, milk it from the mare and feed it to the foal in a syringe...many times it will make them strong enough to go for more.
Post Number: 209
|Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 04:16 pm: ||
If you got in a 5 minute nurse you are golden. Just watch and make sure it is getting back on. Usually the 2nd time around is when they really hit the bag good(usless it is a colt and they may take 3 or 4 tries).
Post Number: 7
|Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 05:46 pm: ||
The colt it doing great and thanks for the suggestions. It took about 1 hr for the colt to figure it out. He wasn't acting like a dumy foal, he just couldn't keep himself lathed on. I actually had to milk the mare some so the teats weren't so hard. This is a maiden mare so she wasn't stretched out.