Preparing for the Arrival of a New Foal

Preparing for Foaling Season with the Right Resources - CRF Equine Services

Waiting for a new foal’s arrival can be quite the trial of patience. So while you’re waiting, make sure you’re prepared so you aren’t scrambling during the big event!

When to expect a mare to foal

Although this can be difficult to predict exactly, studies show that 80% of mares foal between 8 pm and 2 am. Pair that with the fact that a mare can foal weeks on either side of their due date, it’s no wonder why foaling season can be so exhausting! But preparing yourself well in advance and having the right backup can make all the difference in both being well-rested and having a successful foaling season.

Preparing for Foaling Season with the Right Resources - CRF Equine Services
A healthy mare and newborn foal that CRF Equine Services monitored and alerted for at Saratoga Glen Farm in New York

Here are some ideas of what to keep on hand in your foaling kit:

  • Flex-Tip Thermometer
  • Towels
  • Chlorhexidine or Betadine
  • Saline Enema
  • Exam Gloves
  • OB Straps or Chains
  • Navel Dip and Clamps

Education is key to a successful foaling season!

Knowing what red flags to watch for and making sure you and your team are prepared to deal with any issues that may arise is a key factor to a successful foaling season. Your local university (or an online one) may offer short courses related to foaling and general reproduction at a very reasonable price. These are great resources to tap into, even for a refresher course before foaling season.

Foaling professionals like Brianna Clark at Foal Pro are ready to help ease pre-foaling anxieties through education as well. She is also ready to help equip or update your foaling kit. She has curated her own foaling kits with such care and compassion- each piece is high quality with careful thought put into each selection. Her kits are available for purchase through her site, linked below.

Here are some resources to get you started- 

Have more questions about preparing for your mare to foal? Get in touch today and we’ll make a plan for monitoring your mares and foals.

We want you to be at your best when the little ones are ready to hit the ground, and that starts with a solid sleep foundation! So let us take care of the night watch so you can rest easy! Download our services guide or give us a call to get started.

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I'm truly blessed to be a trusted team member of the stables, facilities, and individual equine owners that I partner with, whether it's for foaling season or year-round. What a great feeling to be able to let folks sleep while I watch their horses! When I’m not monitoring horses, you can find me either carving on some leather, shed hunting with my pups, finding out where each county road leads, or on horseback of course soaking up the high desert sunshine.

Hey, I'm Chloe.