Is My Mare Overdue? Your mare's foaling date has come and gone. Is this cause for concern? Should you call your vet? This is an excellent equine gestation period article that will answer your questions and dispell some of the myths surrounding mare foaling due dates.
This is my first foal. What should I expect when my mare foals? What should I do to
prepare for the big day? How can I help my mare to foal safely? This article by Ohio State University is a must-read for the foaling novice.
View a Video of the Birth of a Foal This streaming video will give you a visual idea of what to expect with the birth of your foal. It's complete with time stamps to show the time lapsed, all the way through baby's first steps. This is the real thing, and it's beautiful.
How can I adopt a PMU foal? Be a hero! Adopt a PMU foal. PMU (pregnant mare urine) foals are the offspring (or bi-product) that result from mares kept in-foal so that their urine may be collected for hormone therapy drugs for women. You can save one of these foals from a tragic death, by adopting a foal this spring. However, PMU foal adoption is not for everyone. Many of these foals have had little handling or training and are probably not a good fit for the novice foal handler. Springhill Horse Rescue is an excellent website to learn about this noble alternative to breeding your own mare.
What Color Will My Foal Be? Of course, the most important thing is that mother and baby come through the birth safely and in good health. But, not knowing the foal color is a lot like a shiny, gift wrapped package in front of you for close to a year without being able to peer inside. Here is a link to a very good foal coat color calculator. Just enter the coat colors of the Sire and Dam -- voila --- you get the probabilites of the different foal colors.
How do I Imprint My Newborn Foal? Foal imprinting is a method of foal training that takes place almost immediately after birth. A human handles the foal by rubbing him all over with both the hands and other objects, such as halters, leads and brushes. This method has proven to create a less spooky horse that is more accepting of the human world. Click the link above for a more detailed article on newborn foal imprinting.