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Casey Creek Horse Rescue and Adoption, Inc
Every year during foaling season, you can find the Hollands close to home.
Caring for so many foals takes a lot of time and energy, but they all love what they do.
Ken works full time at the Marion Adjustment Center in St. Mary, KY.
On his days off, you can usually find him on the road, picking up more foals. John usually accompanies him, while Jeannie stays behind to care for the foals already in the barn.
Sometimes it gets very hectic and you can occasionally find up to 17 foals in the barn.
After foaling season is over for the year, you might be able to find Ken, Jeannie, and John on the banks of the old fishing hole, or looking for buried treasure with their metal detector.
They also enjoy saddling up Santana, and taking turns riding.
Their doors are always open if you want to visit during foaling season. There is also a camping area within walking distance. Just make sure to call first, and let them know you are coming.
As long as there is a need to help the foals, the Hollands will be here!!
The Hollands can be reached at 270-789-4198
Orphan Foal Care
We suggest to all Adopters that you put your Orphan Foal on a feeding schedule, instead of free feeding milk replacer.
This way you know exactly how much and when your foal is drinking. Some foals, left alone with free access to liquid, will over drink, causing a problem with scours.
You should always keep a close eye on your foal for a few days, making sure that your foal is doing ok with the milk.
An orphan foal can be introduced to hay and grain within the first week of age. We have had foals come in that are nibbling on feed within a few days.
Isolating the foal with access to hay and grain may speed up its willingness to eat. Milk replacer pellets should not be considered until the foals is eating grain and feed. This will probably not be until the foal is 2 months old.
Milk replacer or Milk replacer Pellets and grain specially formulated for foals are a good start to a healthy foal.
NO BOTTLES HERE!
The reason that bucket feeding is favoured over the bottle, is because that the foals head might be held too high, causing milk to run down the foals trachea and into the foals lungs, causing aspiration pneumonia.
There are lots of Sites on the internet, with lots of information on Orphan Foal Care.
Read all you can about caring for an orphan foal, consult your Vet., and you are well on your way to raising a healthy, happy foal.
SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED
1.Bedding: Straw, Shavings, whatever you are going to use.
2.Buckets or Bowls, for dry and wet mixtures.
3.Milk Replacer, the powder form: Foalac, Mares Match, Moormans,ect. (What ever is readily available in your area)
4.Foal Feed: Equine Jr., Omelene, Beginnings, and a Vitamin.mineral/salt supplement.
5.Milk Pellets: Switch slowly over from liquid milk at an older age.
6. Good Quality Hay
7. Medicines: Which might include pepto-bismal, penicillin, wound care items in case of injury, and enema bag .
8. A good Vet. and Farrier
9.Something to heat milk/water with, if mixing at the Barn
10. Commitment, understanding, and LOVE.
Young foals should be protected from the weather
Heat lamps may be needed, especially at night, in cold weather. Environmental
Temperature at the foal's level should be about 65 to 75 degrees F. for the first 1 to 2 weeks of age.
Otherwise, maintain this temperature for older foals only if they are sick or weak.
Make sure the stall stays draft free, and clean and free from any manure. Always provide dry bedding.
Diarrhea, or Scours, is usually caused by overeating, over feeding,
or poor digestion.
Remember that a foal will always seem to be hungry, but milk replacer will cause scours if the foal is overfed.
NORMAL FOAL BODY MEASUREMENTS
Body Temperture : 90 to 102 Degrees
Respiratory Rate: 60 - 80 Breaths/Minute at Birth
30 - 40 Breaths/Minute after One Hour
Heart Beat: 60 or more Beats/Minute at Birth
80 - 130 Beats/Minute after one hour
80 -120 Beats/Minute after 5 days of age (Normal)
Tips on Bucket Feeding
Foals can easily learn to drink form a bowl as early as 3 days old, provided they are strong and healthy.
If you find yourself raising an orphan foal, teaching it to drink from a bucket or bowl is favoured over using a bottle.
Even using a bottle for the first few days of life, the foal can learn that the bowl is not such a bad thing.
Gradually start the foal on milk replacer to avoid digestive upsets.
Patience is essential during this process.
Place a small amount of milk/replacer on the foal's nose and into it's mouth to help get the foal started.
With clean hands, insert your index finger into the foal's mouth to help stimulate suckling.
With the foal nursing your finger, start lowering your finger into the bowl of milk.
Once the foal is still nursing your finger with his mouth touching the milk, start extracting your finger from the foal's mouth.
This may take several times, but the foal will soon catch on. The key is to not give up.
Some foals take longer to learn to drink their milk from a bowl, but 99% of foals will drink from a bowl by the time they are 4 days old.
If the foal is use to a bottle, take the nipple off, but leave the nipple in the ring. (Make sure you have a steady grip on the nipple and the ring) Use the nipple the same way you would use your finger.
Once the foal is trying to nurse the nipple, slowly lower it into the bowl of milk.
When the foal starts touching the milk with their mouth, submerge the nipple lower, until the foal is sucking the milk.
Again, this may take several attempts, so don't give up.
Soon you will have your foal eager to get their bowl of warm milk.
Foals do not care much about putting their heads into a deep bucket, so always try to use a shallow bowl in the beginning.
Always wash the feeding equipment in hot soapy water after every feeding. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and allow to drain and dry before the next feeding.
There could be some hair loss around the foal's muzzle due to milk replacer/bucket feeding, but the hair will return normally after weaning.