Prior to Foaling
Caring for the newborn foal starts with the broodmare care. Appropriate nutrition and pre-foaling vaccinations of the broodmare are crucial in producing a healthy foal. The pregnant broodmare should receive her pre-foaling shots 4 to 6 weeks prior to the mare’s due date to ensure appropriate level of immunity in the colostrum. Bella Vista Equine does not recommend the administration of modified live vaccines to any pregnant mares. If you plan to move your mare to a large breeding farm for foaling, you may be required to give additional pre-foaling vaccinations to protect the mare and the newborn foal against organisms that may be common in large breeding farm operations. You should always discuss with your veterinarian about the pre-foaling vaccines recommended for your region.