Breeders of beautiful Miniature Horses with Action!
Quality Breeding ~ Quality Transport
Maryann & Brianna Cerullo
5643 SW Minson Rd.
Powell Butte, OR 97753
soon as a foal is born
it is exposed to bacteria and the horse is one of the
few mammals not
born with protective antibodies. Two
the most vulnerable areas for bacteria to enter a
newborn's system is
it's umbilicus (open navel area) and through its mouth. This is why it is vital for
things to occur shortly after birth:
is from the mare's
colostrum that the newborn receives vital protection
from the bacteria
it's been born into as that first milk contains all the
its mother holds.
Unfortunately, even with precautions, those sneaky germs can occasionally find their way in through the two moist entries into a foal. The result is what is termed: SEPTICEMIA. A brief and thoroughly inadequate definition of septicemia is that toxins or bacteria are in the blood of the newborn.
It is extremely important to observe our newborn foal during the first 24 hours of its life, as this is when symptoms of Septicemia will most often show up. You spent eleven months waiting for this foal to be born, another day of watching isn't too much price to pay. We like to keep the mare and new baby under camera in a stall (This also is good for the mare and foal bonding.). We constantly check on the mare and foal to be sure the foal is vigorous and and doing what it is supposed to do -- eating, sleeping, peeing, pooping, and exploring. A newborn foal WILL sleep a fair amount. It takes a lot of energy to be born but it will wake up to feed and generally drive its mother crazy.
Septic Foal will lose
interest in nursing and not be as vital as one would
expect. They may
like a "Sleepy Foal" (one
which has had a slow start because of lack of oxygen
during birth.) Another
health problem this is similar to is
a "RH Factor" Foal -- Both will be covered on a separate
We urge people to be aggressive in reacting to any questionable behavior they observe with a newborn. Without a veterinarian's care, the foal can die in a matter of hours.