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How long should foal suck

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Bridgette Lanham
Neonate
Username: Blanham

Post Number: 5
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 06:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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?
 

Deb Anderson
Nursing Foal
Username: Bobs_mom

Post Number: 19
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 08:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Bridgette,

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.
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 1987
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 12:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.
 

Jonathan Smith
Breeding Stock
Username: Kynwatch

Post Number: 209
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 04:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bridgette,

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).
 

Bridgette Lanham
Neonate
Username: Blanham

Post Number: 7
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 05:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.



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