Preparing for Foaling

If any problems occur or if you have any questions call your veterinarian or contact the UF Large Animal Hospital at (352) 392-2229. Do not hesitate to call as the first few hours and days of a foal’s life are the most critical.

Prior to foaling

It is ideal to have everything you may need on-hand for foaling, including your veterinarian’s emergency phone number. Below is a list of items to have on-hand and things to watch for prior to foaling.

What items will I need to prepare for foaling?

  • Scissors
  • Umbilical tape
  • Umbilical dip
  • Towels
  • Bulb syringe
  • Foal resuscitator
  • Oxygen
  • Enema
  • Thermometer
  • Stethoscope
  • Foal blanket
  • OB gloves
  • Lubricating jelly
  • Digital clock

Warning Signs Prior to Foal Delivery

  • Waxing of teats
  • Dripping milk from udder
  • Mammary (udder) development begins 2-6 weeks prior to foaling
  • Relaxation of muscles around the tail head and perineal region
  • Mare may begin to appear restless immediately before foaling
  • Elongation and swelling of the vulva

Click here for more information about routine and emergency foal care.

House and Foal

Information provided by Dr. Amanda House, Veterinarian of the UF Large Animal Internal Medicine service, Clinical Assistant Professor at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

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