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How soon can you transport mare and foal?

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Heather Weir
Neonate
Username: Ctcountrygurl

Post Number: 6
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 - 07:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Everyone, I was curious, how early can you transport a mare and foal? Is it unsafe to transport a foal before one month? Two months? I was just checking because I have my mare at a friends barn for now and I was going to move her to my farm once she had her foal, but I wasn't sure when is too early...
 

Terry Waechter P.R.E. foals
Breeding Stock
Username: Watchman

Post Number: 424
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 09:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

With a healthy mare and foal, I trailer the pair to the vet on the mare's foal heat for an ultra/sound....and continue to make these short trips until weaning. I have also taken mare and baby to a horse show before and this trip can be several hours long. Special arrangements in the trailer are necessary. I open the trailer up so it is like a box stall and bed it well. I don't tie foals in the trailer until after weaning or age 6 months or so depending on foal. I trailer foals in pairs and they seem to do well with company. It seems my foals are trailer trained very quickly and often jump in before their moms.
 

Ad TB
Yearling
Username: Ajvtbs

Post Number: 79
Registered: 01-2009
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 03:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've transported foals home from a folaing unit 3 hours drive away at 2 days old. Often we send mares from Ireland to England which involves 24 hours travelling and a ferry crossing fo the mares to visit stallions in England. They usually go to England at about 24 days foaled. So far we've never had a problem transporting even day old foals as long as they are healthy.
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 2137
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 01:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I transported my mare and foal home from the equine hospital at 48 hours old...it was a slant load so opened all the panels tied the mare..bedded the floor with stray. The biggest challenge was getting the mare to step up and not lose sight of the foal...as long as they can see their foal the seem to be fine. Also...no restraint on the foal..the seem to find a spot to lie down



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