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PostSubject: bedding for foaling   Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:47 pm

I have been watching Marestare lately and have noticed alot of people foaling there horses out on shavings???? I thought that was discouraged. What are your views? I foaled my mare out on straw and will keep her on it for a few weeks. I want to use it up, then I will switch to sawdust (I love how it smells) I find straw alot more time consuming to clean but I love watching my colt fast asleep in it he looks so cozy!
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PostSubject: Re: bedding for foaling   Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:18 pm

We always have foaled our mares out on straw when they are stalled. My mother would never allow sawdust in a stall with a newborn in case they would inhale particles while lying down. We usually keep straw for a week or two and then switch to shavings.
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PostSubject: Re: bedding for foaling   Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:51 pm

I was told that while the mare is birthing that shavings or sawdust can work it's way into the birth canal, or stick to the foals naval. I personally intend to keep my colt on straw until I run out I should have enough for a couple more weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: bedding for foaling   Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:02 pm

I can see both situations holding validity. We usually leave the straw in for at least the first week if not longer. I also think of the warmth factor of the straw in colder temps as well.
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PostSubject: Re: bedding for foaling   Tue May 01, 2012 9:30 am

We use sawdust/shavings for bedding and as long as it's not dusty it works well even when foaling but if I'm present I usually throw loose hay over top during delivery and for the first couple days still keeping sawdust underneath as it is much more absorbant and easier to keep stall clean I find.
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PostSubject: Re: bedding for foaling   Tue May 01, 2012 5:03 pm

I think green grass is the best bedding there is.
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PostSubject: Re: bedding for foaling   Tue May 01, 2012 6:27 pm

Yes I agree grass is best but not always available :(
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