Our mares foal “outside” or rather in a large open barn of almost 50m², in their pasture.
We have attended all births since 2016 because they spend the end of their pregnancy under monitoring – thanks to a foaling belt (Birth Alarm) which calls us when the mare is lying down, when she is going to give birth (even if we have a s of “false warnings”!).
Beyond the happiness of attending these magical events, this allows us to ensure that the mare is delivered quickly and correctly, to be able to disinfect the umbilical cord early, to check that the foal gets up, suckles, urines and makes its meconium from the first hours…
Even if with Fjord mares, births happen most of the time very well, this close monitoring has already allowed us to be present and perform obstetrical interventions, by repositioning a foal that was blocked in the pelvic bones and that the mare could not deliver.