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Foaling: The 1-2-3 Rule

The first three hours of your foal’s life are crucial to its success, and timing is everything. The doctors at Mid-Rivers Equine Centre encourage you to be familiar with the 1-2-3 Rule.

Hour 1: your foal's first mission in life is to stand and be walking about by one hour of age.

Hour 2: your foal should be successfully nursing by the end of hour two.

Hour 3: the mare should clean and drop the afterbirth by the end of the third hour after foaling.

If these critical events are delayed, contact your veterinarian immediately. Generally they are easily corrected if detected early.

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