Riverina Equine Vet



Foalings & Neonatal Care

REVS offers 24/7 emergency foaling assistance for your broodmare.  

Post-foaling checks

Your mare and foal should be assessed by a veterinarian in the 12-24 hour period post-foaling. A post-foaling check involves assessment of the mare for any trauma or tears, bleeding, uterine infection, and udder health. The foal is assessed for vitality, umbilical health, the presence of any hernias, congenital conditions or limb deformities. The foal’s blood IgG levels are tested to determine whether colostrum quality and intake has been adequate. Foals with low IgG levels at 12-24 hours of age are more susceptible to infection, and should receive an IV plasma transfusion using commercially available frozen plasma rich in immunoglobulins. 

The 1:2:3 rule

  1. within 1 hour: foal should stand
  2. within 2 hours: foal should suckle
  3. within 3 hours: placenta should be passed

If the foal or mare does not meet the 1:2:3 rule, you should contact us immediately.