PVP Iodine (4 oz.)
The foal’s umbilical cord should be dipped in PVP iodine twice a day for 3 days.
Digital Clock, Marking Pen, Foaling Time Sheet: You should use the enclosed watch to time each stage of labor (see labor stages). The watch will help you to keep accurate track of the mare’s progress during labor. Take written notes so that later you won’t have to rely on memory.
: Wrap the mare’s tail when you feel certain she has started the first stage of labor. Do not apply to tightly or leave on the tail too long. This could cut off or reduce circulation and permanently damage the tail.
Green Soap: Wash the mare’s vulva and hindquarters in warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly.
: If the umbilical cord doesn’t break, DO NOT CUT THE CORD! An inch or two from the foal’s abdomen, where the umbilical cord narrows, you can grab both sides and twist and pull to separate
Place the twine in this narrow area, wrap around the umbilical cord, and pull until the cord is severed.
This is to place the placenta in for inspection by your vet.
Lubricating Jelly: This should be used within the first 24 hours to help the foal empty the meconium (fetal stool) from its rectum.
Personal protection for you during foaling.
Personal protection while handling the placenta or during foaling.
Eye and Skin Wash:
Sterile wash if needed for the mare or colt.
To be used only in emergency if the bag hasn’t broken around the colt or becomes entangled and must be removed.
Instruction Card and Hand Wipe Provided.
The VSI Foaling Kit provides you with the most-needed items and instructions to safely deliver a foal, but it does not take the place of your vet or many other items that you must supply.
1. A foaling stall most recommended size: 14’ x 14.’
2. Clean bedding most recommended: wheat straw.
3. Towels: 2 or 3 large towels.
4. Muck bucket and fork. Locate next to stall.
(Remove manure and soiled bedding promptly)
5. Veterinarians: Phone number and emergency phone number.
6. Backup colostrum source: Name, phone number, availability and cost.
(© Vocational Services, Inc. Show-Me Animal Products, 2008)