Foaling early in the year is common, and it is essential to keep a new foal warm and dry after birth. Schneiders has several great options for your foal!
UltraFlex® Foal Saver®
Our Foal Saver® has Tekno-Dri® lining to help finish drying the newborn foal’s coat after birth and prevent hypothermia. It has additional layers of polarfleece and fiberfill insulation for warmth and moisture transport. The outer cover is high count cotton so that you can wash it repeatedly. The expandable Velcro front and Velcro bellyband fastening allows you to expand the fit as the foal grows. It also features a comfortable stretch shoulder. It is available in four sizes to fit any breed of foal, from Miniature to Warmblood!
From a customer in Doylestown, PA -
“I have 5 of these for my foaling facility. Wash in cold water, line dry, no bleach but oxiclean is OK for manure stains. Great for weak or preemie foals, keeps their body temperature up. Take care to adjust belly velcro strap away from foal’s umbilical stump, and watch that colts do not pee inside that strap. My foal blanket wardrobe numbers in the dozens, and the UltraFlex Foal Savers are my go-to choice, with Schneider’s Tekno-Fleece Foal Warmer my 2nd choice because of its stay-put, snugly adjustable nature.”
Tekno-Fleece® Foal Warmer
This Foal Warmer is made of non-pilling polarfleece for warmth and wickability. It slips over the head and has a jersey knit insert around the neck. It features a Velcro bellyband closure and has excellent moisture transfer capability to keep your foal warm and dry! May be used independently or as a liner.
Dura-Nylon® Expandable Foal Blanket
Our Foal Blanket is made of 420 denier nylon with 6 oz of fiberfill insulation. It has a maintenance-free nylon lining and an overlap Velcro front that can adjust as the foal grows! It also features a bellyband closure to keep your baby extra warm.
StormShield® Expandable Foal Turnout
600 denier polyester outer with 220 grams of insulation (midweight) make this a great choice for your foal’s first turnout blanket. It is waterproof, windproof and breathable, with nylon lining and double lock Velcro front closure. It also features a bellyband for a snug and cozy fit.
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For further questions or advice on foaling please contact your veterinarian.
February is here and foaling season has begun. If you have never bred horses, we’ve compiled some basic information to educate you on the foaling process! Here are some interesting facts:
1. Normal gestation for mares is 305 to 395 days, with an average of 340 days. The factors that can influence the length of gestation include the age of the mare, the time of year, genetics of the foal, stress, infection and nutrition. Light breeds tend to have longer gestation periods than draft breeds.
2. A mare in early labor resembles a colicky horse as she may get up and down, sweat and paw. The difference is that she will grab bites to eat, whereas a colicky horse is generally not interested in food.
3. A mare in active labor should take a maximum of 30 minutes to deliver a foal after her water breaks.
4. After birth, the mare may lay on the ground for 10 to 20 minutes. This is nature’s way of making sure the foal gets its full blood supply. As much as 25 to 35 percent of the foal’s blood is in the placenta at birth.
5. The mare’s first milk (colostrum) contains ingredients crucial to the foal’s health and survival. A foal that nurses soon after birth is more lively and strong than one that delays nursing.
Schneiders has what you need to get ready for foaling season!