First, we recognize there are oodles of articles on what to do during a foaling, IgG testing, what to expect, red bag deliveries, dystocias, etc. This Blog is just about what "we" do immediately following a normal foaling and why we do it.
Above is what we here at Avalon have in our foaling kit. It includes a dose of Ivermectin, Vetwrap for the mare's tail, packages of sterile lube, a navel clamp, a 50ml centrifuge tube with .5% chlorhexidine solution for dipping the navel, ob palpation sleeves, a baby bottle for collecting colostrum, a ziploc bag for freezing collected colostrum, a 30 ml syringe, an insemination pipette that has been cut down to about 8 inches, an enema and one of those hay cutter safety knifes in case of a red bag delivery or to cut the umbilical chord if necessary. We then put all of that into a palpation sleeve and hang it on the stall door!
By the time you've completed everything, hopefully the mare has dropped her placenta. Once you have done everything, get out of the stall and leave the mare and foal to bond. And the best part? Go get some sleep! When we check back in a couple hours what do we usually find? The foal is nursing quite well. We will then pull an IgG at around 12 hours. If that comes back above 800, unless there is an indication that the foal has an issue - lethargic, mare has a large, tight udder, foal is running a fever - we don't do anything further with the pair until it's time to start checking the mare to be rebred!