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Old 03-13-2007, 05:46 PM   #1
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Newborn Foal Feeding Question?????

OK I have a Friend that lost her Mare when she was in labor. So she wants to give me the Foal because she does not want to Bottle Feed the poor thing. How often should I Bottle Feed her and do any of you have any good ideas??? What is the best Milk, etc. Thanks sooooo much guys.

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Old 03-13-2007, 06:41 PM   #2
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You can get a foal formula like Foal Lac for feeding. I suggest taking a little time to teach them to drink from a bucket. I had a rejected foal that by the time he was on his second day he was drinking the replacement from a bucket. I let him suckle my fingers and then gradually lowered them into the bucket until he caught on....took a couple of hours but well worth it. Petey got fed every hour the first week and then two and longer as time passed.

The package will tell you how much to feed. I would also get an blood panel to see if the baby got any immunities passed to it.

Good luck with your decision! Hard work but rewarding.
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Old 03-13-2007, 06:59 PM   #3
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Here is a link to a foal rescue near me. It is their feeding protocol, with lots of helpful hints:

Go down the page to the "feeding the orphan foal" section. LOTS of work, but SOOO rewarding! Good luck if you decide to do it!
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Old 03-13-2007, 07:41 PM   #4
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My main concern right now would be if the foal got colostrum or not.

Then, MM gave you a great site!

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Old 03-14-2007, 10:01 AM   #5
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main concern is colostrum. too late for oral now

now feeding and care is difficult and time consuming and another "friend" is almos mandantory for development.

look here for feeding ease.

I tried to find and old article...."my Momma is an Igloo" but couldn't locate, but this is pretty much the same.
Well now boogie little baby, boogie woogie all night long.

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Old 03-14-2007, 10:06 AM   #6
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We had really good luck with goats. Not only did we use the milk but for a while the goat would hop up on a hay bale and let the colt nurse.
Colostrum and immune builders are also required

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Old 03-14-2007, 10:10 AM   #7
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As being owned by an orphan foal, it is time consuming and tireing.

First I would suggest having the Vet to the foal to check the foal out.
You also have to watch for constipation.
Cannot slack on any feedings which is an hour to every two hours, night and day, round the clock.

Have help, you cant do it yourself.

If its cold where you are, make a nice place in the house.
I put Vet wrap on my foals feet and let him roam the house until I went to bed then he was put in the bathroom on indoor/outdoor carpet.
Every time he was fed, I picked him up and outside we went.
No messes in the house.

I fed him through the night, and when hubby got up he fed him for me while I could get some sleep.

Those links are great and you should do fine.

I bought my milk replacer from Jeffers and they do go through it.
Dont let anyone at any feed stores talk you into calf milk, it is not for foals.

Good luck, keep us posted and dont forget the pics.

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