Foaling a mare can be a very stressful time for owners that have had no previous experience because of the uncertainty that everything is progressing normally. However, given the right facilities, foaling is probably the most exciting time in the Stud's calendar.
Whenever possible, we foal our own mares out in the fields and don't take them out of their group - but this is only appropriate for experienced mares in a stable, established herd. We have indoor foaling facilities that are safe, monitoring equipment for the mare and, having a qualified veterinary surgeon on site, the ability to intervene promptly if there seems so be a problem. In the event of a serious problem requiring advanced surgical facilities, we are only 10 minutes from the Liphook Veterinary Hospital - one of the foremost veterinary centres in the UK.
For safety, our foaling boxes are large (15'x20' & 15'x12') and have no permanent fittings or fixtures, except for high level infra-red heaters. This gives the mare and foal plenty of room for the days that follow the birth and helps avoid accidental injuries to the foal.
Mares that are bred each year will wean their foals naturally at the appropriate time and this process is made less stressful for the foal if it is with a group that are of similar age. However, when weaning is carried out earlier, the mare and foal must be separated securely and preferably out of earshot. Our facilities provide safe, secure containment for the foal. Ideally, the mare should be kept at home but we can accommodate her as well, if necessary.