Q – Since your farm primarily raises Thoroughbreds for racing purposes, do you take in other breeds to foal?
A - Yes, we accept all mares regardless of size or breed.
Q – What qualifications to you feel you have to offer this service?
A – In addition to 30+ years of experience foaling mares and dealing with young horses, we are Colorado State University graduates of their extensive foaling/reproductive program.
Q – At what point do you want to have the mare come to your farm?
A – We prefer to have the mare here at least 2 weeks prior to their due date and preferably closer to a month. That gives the mare time to settle in and build up important antibodies prior to foaling.
Q – My mare has been diagnosed with placentitis and is on medications. Do you accept mares that need medicating and if so, is there an extra charge?
A – We take mares with various issues as we specialize in high risk pregnancies. With our monitoring system, we are able to monitor them closely 24/7. With the vet clinic being close, we are able to get assistance quickly if needed. We do not charge extra for administering medications provided you supply them.
Q – How long should the mare stay at your farm after foaling?
A – There are many things to consider when deciding how long to leave the mare. Some questions to ask yourself………if it is early in the year, will the facilities that she will return to be adequate. What are the breeding plans for the mare? How far does the mare/foal have to travel to the stallion if bred via live cover? If the mare will be artificially inseminated, do you have a vet clinic that can handle it and is the clinic convenient? If you have the answers to these questions in your mind or for whatever reason you prefer to get them home right away, we recommend leaving them 5 to 7 days just in case to make sure the foal is healthy.
Q – What vet clinic do you typically use?
A – We use Anoka Equine Veterinary Services as they are about 15 minutes from the farm and they have the expertise and facilities to handle any emergency situation. However your normal vet is more than welcome to come to the farm to work on your mare.
Q – What veterinary work do you recommend post foaling?
A – At the very least, we pull blood on the foal for an IgG to make sure the foal got adequate colostrum. In addition to that, things to consider are…….was it an uneventful delivery? If it was a problem delivery, additional blood work may be necessary to determine what additional treatment might be necessary. What are your plans for breeding the mare? Does the foal seem fine. Some people prefer to do a complete exam on both the mare and the foal. Although it can get quite expensive, we can have that done. We review all these questions when you bring the mare to our farm to avoid surprises.
Q – What turn-out situations do you have?
A – We offer private, semi private and group turn-out. We try to match mares with similar dispositions.
Q – Do you offer long term broodmare boarding?
A – Yes, we have everything from small private paddocks to plush pastures with automatic waterers, safe fencing and woods for shade in the hot weather.