Mares should be dewormed a month prior to foaling or at the time of foaling.
Foals should be dewormed at one month and every two months thereafter until they reach one year.
The mare should be vaccinated against tetanus, Equine Encephalitis (sleeping sickness), flu, Rhinopneumonitis, and West Nile Virus one month prior to foaling. Once the foal is 6 months old, it can be vaccinated and boosted a month later.
If the mare was not vaccinated a month prior to foaling, the foal should be vaccinated at 3 months.
Given the horse's sensitive and flighty nature, it is very important that foals are handled shortly after birth to get them used to human touch. Mare and foal should be contained somewhere to make foal handling easier--remember that the more often your foal flees from handling, the more entrenched his flight response will become. Handling should therefore be in a calm, safe environment. Set your foal up for success by limiting stress and his ability to flee: teach him right away that humans are friends, not enemies.
Castrations can be performed at your farm or at our clinic. If we will be travelling to your farm to perform the surgery, you must have a flat, dry, safe area (like a paddock or riding arena) where we can do the surgery. It is also important that you have a dry, clean paddock to contain your colt after he is gelded while he recovers.
If you have access to a horse trailer, you can bring your horse here to be gelded and remain for after-care if needed.