Common Neonatal Foal Problems
- Failure of Passive Transfer (lack of colostrum)
- Neonatal Septic Arthritis
- Umbilical Abscess
- Flexural Deformity/ Angular Limb Deformity
How can these neonatal foal problems be prevented?
- Make sure the mare is vaccinated 2-6 weeks prior to foaling
- Make sure the breeding records are accurate so you know when to expect the foal (average gestation is 340 days). Always try to attend the foaling and make sure the foal is up and nursing within 1 hour of birth. If not, Call your veterinarian right away!
- Always have your veterinarian visit and examine your foal within the first 24 hours of life. He or she will examine your mare and foal and decide if any tests or treatments are necessary. Unfortunately, the problems described here are only a few of the problems that can affect the newborn foal. Early detection and prevention of the problems make for happy, healthy foals!