Day 3: Feeding and care of nurse mare foals

foal poopAdopting these two has been remarkably like bringing home a child. Expect them to sleep, wake, pee, poop, eat, sleep…repeat! Throw in some play time and it pretty much sums up the days for now. 

Although it is fun, watching the foals right now is also critical. The team at Last Chance was very clear that you often see changes in their behavior, or a lack of perkiness, as the first symptom of a problem (so I have an official reason to be watching them at all times, lol).

During all of that watching it is important to watch for things going in…and things coming out. Watching for urination is a great way to make sure they are hydrated. This also helps me know who might be taking in more or less milk. Just because the bucket is lower doesn’t mean they are both drinking, although these two are making things easy because they both drink when I’m around. Having them trained to drink from the bucket is sooooo nice! My job is to keep the food fresh and available, their job is to drink and eat.  I also watch for who is trying out more solid foods like the milk pellets, hay or hand picked grass. 

This lovely photo shows one pile from each foal this morning. This is the correct consistency which Last Chance describes it as ‘the consistency of frosting’…which has turned me away from chocolate cake for the time being:(

The next sign I will watch for is for the foal manure to change to the standard adult horse shape. While we were at Last Chance Victoria was cleaning up manure and announced, “Horse poo!” because one of the foals had made the change to grown up poo shapes, lol.

foal sunThe place where we are living has an awesome set up for housing the foals. The stalls open into runs and I can choose to keep them in over night and then swing the gate open during the day. They have already decided that sacking out in the sun is the place to be! Later in the afternoon they wisely choose to move back into the shady stall. They have officially met the neighboring horses who were fascinated by the foals. The foals were more interested in playing with each other and tasting everything in sight. 

Thank you to everyone who left a comment and questions. I will work the answers to those into the upcoming blogs…right now I’m gonna go scratch a foal!

 

 

 

 

 

30 Comments

  1. Ellen Barry on June 7, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Beautiful! So admire you.

  2. janice on June 7, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I am SO enjoying following your journey with these two babies!! thanks for sharing. I’ve never started a horse this young so it’s fascinating to me.

  3. Melody on June 7, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Love following your adventures!

  4. Terri Kavanaugh on June 7, 2016 at 3:41 am

    HI Stacy, I am looking forward to all of your posts! How old are they now? I am so hoping that you are able to keep both of them, it will be a hard decision to let them go after you have become their MOMMA. Do you have names for them yet??

    • Stacy Westfall on June 7, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Born 5/4, Presto (appy) & 5/10, Justice (drafty)

  5. Claire on June 7, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Stacy I can tell you’re having a blast ! I’m so glad you took on this project. Raising orphan foals has resulted in so many problem horses before, having YOUR take on how to properly do it will be priceless.

  6. Anna Volkmann on June 7, 2016 at 1:31 am

    They look very content in their new home. Looking forward to accompany them on their journey :-D. I really admire that you go all in and everyone can feel that this is what you love!

  7. Helen J on June 6, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    How much milk are they drinking? How often do you have to feed them fresh milk? Are you feeding around the clock still? They are very cute. Nice choice.

  8. Jerry Andersen on June 6, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I love reading and following this. I’d like to adopt some day, once I’m able to get acceptable fences and a barn.
    I want lots of pictures and see their progress.

  9. Jackie Brooks on June 6, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you so much for this blog Stacy. I look forward to reading it every day.

  10. Lee Ann Fisher on June 6, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Reading this is highlight of my day! Thanks for all you are doing for them, they obviously got so lucky when you chose them. ?

  11. Irene Dyer on June 6, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Stacey, my friend and I brought 5 babies back to maine from the same group yours were with.We were there just before you arrived to get yours. It is so rewarding to know that we have helped and they are really a lot of fun.Looking forward to your posts and to see them all grow over the next few months 🙂 Irene Dyer

    • Stacy Westfall on June 7, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Awesome! Feel free to post photos of yours here on the blog or tag me on FB:)

  12. Andrea Brook on June 6, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I think it is great that you are able to do this for these beautiful animals!! I love being able to follow along with what is happening and even loved the photo of the foal poo! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

  13. Jan Jennings on June 6, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Love following your posts. These are two very lucky foals.

  14. Susan Hejlik on June 6, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I smiled when I read you’re not eating chocolate cake for a while. After getting a couple of pet goats I can no longer eat chocolate covered coffee beans!

    • Stacy Westfall on June 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

      …there go my coffee beans…lol

  15. Lori Lelonde on June 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you for giving them a wonderful safe place to land 🙂

  16. Chloe Mehan on June 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Ahhh, I am living vicariously through these daily updates!! I love it! I am sorry about the repulsion to chocolate cake though. Maybe you can have some cookies instead? 😛

  17. Sandra Montgomery on June 6, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I am loving this… Bless you

  18. Eileen Sweeney on June 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    This is so exciting, being able to read along with you! You must be thrilled! The babies are beautiful, and I’m sure they will get the best care possible!! You’re amazing!

  19. Laurie Hall on June 6, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    How awesome. I am loving reading your experience.

  20. charnie hicks on June 6, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Looking forward to see how you train these littles….I am a first timer with a little colt. Have been reading everything I can on how to handle these little guys. Good luck Stacy…they are lucky to have you as their “mom”!!!

  21. Kathleen Walls on June 6, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I live about half an hr from you and would love to come meet them one day if you have the time. They are both really nice babies.

  22. Lynn on June 6, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    They are both so cute!Thank you for sharing!

  23. Joy Schuetz on June 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    This is all so informative. It does sound like any baby that is being cared for. You write with humor and for those of who love all things horsey nothing bothers us…the “frosting” thing was a little hard to “swallow”…..Glad I am not a chocolate freak. So glad you have two as they seem to do much better in pairs. How do you help them get over the “must be together” issue when you work with just one?

  24. Cherylann Blaikie on June 6, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    How wonderful!! As soon as I can I would love to follow in your footsteps and adopt two foals!!

  25. Sandy Mancuso on June 6, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Love the posts keep them coming!

  26. Terrie Savage on June 6, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I love to see them and have you tell us everything that is going on. They are just to precious, bless you and your family and taking them on.

  27. Patsy24 on June 6, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Inspiring!

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