- Foal gets up within 1 hour
- Foal is nursing within 2 hours
- Mare passes the afterbirth within 3 hours.
Foal Immune System
Foals aren’t born with antibodies inside them to help ward off disease. Foals have a functional immune system at birth. Actually, they have a functioning immune system in utero—but it’s one appropriate to an unborn foal in a sterile and protected environment. Once that baby hits the real world, he needs real-world immunity. Foals will get those important antibodies from their mother’s first milk, or colostrum. This is why it is critical your foal’s first suckle is before 24 hours old, while their digestive system is still able to absorb the colostrum. The rule of thumb is: