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What type of bedding for foaling?

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Sandy Smith
Weanling
Username: Sandystone

Post Number: 48
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 07:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've noticed in a lot of the newborn foal pictures, that the stall seems to be bedded with wood chips. I've always used straw because I thought wood chips could cause problems. I go through a ton of straw and would love to find an alternative, especially because straw seems to be scarce around here (Mid Michigan). Let me hear your experience so I can make an informed decision about changing the bedding in my foaling stall.

Thanks everyone - Sandy
 

JANE OLNEY
Breeding Stock
Username: Shotsnurse1

Post Number: 120
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 10:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am in Michigan too. I didn't have my straw yet, so I used hay. Mom liked it.
 

Lisa R.
Weanling
Username: Lisa98

Post Number: 48
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 11:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Straw is the best thing to use. Hay is the next best. At the breeding farm I used to work for we foaled all the mares out on hay, that way the mare can eat some of what's not "dirty" and there is less waste. Wood chips are not good-they harbor bacteria that is especially bad for the baby. All wood products do actually. I looked into using shredded paper-there has been some research on it and everything seemed to be fine with it; however I could not find it in sufficient quantities to bed down the stalls so that idea was thrown out....
 

Lori Coleman
Breeding Stock
Username: Editorlady

Post Number: 252
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 01:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare went over what I expected and I ran out of straw before she foaled. A friend had baled some plain orchard grass from a vacant field, which I then started using. It was cheaper than regular hay, soft, and yes, mom would nibble it a bit.
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 171
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 06:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Orchard Grass would be my choice, if we could get it reasonable down here in FL. My grandfather used to bed on it in KY and talked about how his mares would be so beautiful with huge dapples cause of the great orchard grass bedding.
 

C Carner
Weanling
Username: Friesianx

Post Number: 33
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 07:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've been using poor quality hay to bed the top and some sawdust on the bottom to soak up the "pee lakes". It is way cheaper than using straw, which is $4 or better a bale.
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 176
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 09:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Straw is not good for foals, they slip on its waxy surface too easily a grass type bedding is far easier for them to navigate on.
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1243
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 08:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

  • USDA Aphis did a research evaluation of the 1997 foaling season, and found that one of the most common denominators connecting foal deaths through neonatal septicaemia was using a bedding other than straw or hay;
  • Wood products are acknowledged as carrying a high rate of Klebsiella (thereby being more likely to encourage neonatal septicaemia);
  • Straw is a "dry" bedding, whereas wood product beddings are "damp" and will therefore encourage other pathogenic presence;
  • The flooring uder the bedding is what will make the footing most slippery. If you have a smooth concrete floor it doesn't matter what the bedding is, it will still be slippery.
We always use straw.
 

Leia
Weanling
Username: Leia

Post Number: 31
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2007 - 07:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When can you go back to shavings again after foaling? My filly is 13 days old today and I would really like to go back to shavings if there is no further harm from them. Thanks!
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1248
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is recommended that bedding other than straw not be used until after the umbilicus has thoroughly sealed - so allow about a week under normal circumstances.
 

Leia
Weanling
Username: Leia

Post Number: 34
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 03:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank you Jos!!



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