Leatherstocking Equine Center offers 24-hour on-site video and internet monitoring of the foaling process. We also utilize the Foalert system. Every foaling is attended by a veterinarian.
At birth, a neonatal physical exam is performed, the umbilicus is dipped and the foal is given an enema. The mare is observed to make sure the placenta is passed. Once passed, it is checked for any abnormalities.
An IgG test is performed on the foal at 12-18 hours post-foaling to ensure adequate antibody transfer. If the test yields a failure of transfer, the foal is then administered plasma. Mares and foals typically stay in our monitored foaling area for 3-6 days.