Recent Updates

Welcome to Foal Patrol Season 5! Check in here for our latest mare and foal updates and season announcements.

New Money Honey, how are you doing?

New Money Honey
March 9th, 2020

Thank you for following New Money Honey as she gets closer and closer to delivery. She has definitely kept us on the edge of our seats as a maiden mare. From the staff at Indian Creek, she had a weekend of a couple false alarms but she continues to be turned out in her paddock where she is enjoying herself. They have a team that checks on the in-foal mares throughout the day and they found she was a little warmer and clammy this afternoon. 

Thank you for following! 

New Money Honey is very close

New Money Honey
March 6th, 2020

Indian Creek Farm provided an update on the status of New Money Honey. "We believe she is getting very close, the amount of wax has decreased and she is starting to drip a little milk. She was turned out in her paddock this morning and if she wants to have her foal today, we will let her progress then bring her into the foaling stall on her usual schedule." 

Will it be tonight? Stay tuned! 

New Money Honey keeping us on our toes

New Money Honey
March 4th, 2020

The camera is in place in the foaling stall at Indian Creek so we are ready to watch maiden mare, New Money Honey deliver her first foal. An update from the farm manager: "We were up monitoring her all night. As of this morning, her back is larger and she’s dripping a little milk."

These little signs are all to show that she is getting closer. Time will tell when she will deliver - stay tuned!

New Money Honey has heavy wax and is moving to the foaling stall tonight

New Money Honey
March 3rd, 2020

New Money Honey is showing heavy wax this evening. She is presenting signs of foaling and the team at Indian Creek has decided to move her to the foaling stall at the farm. We are working to move the live streaming camera to that new location this evening in preparation of her delivery. The farm staff has also setup a video camera to film the birth in case there is any interruption in coverage. Keep following and stay tuned! 

Correction to a previous article: New Money Honey came back with a negative (not positive) result for the NI screening. That article lists what is done at farms when the result is positive to keep the foal safe.

New Money Honey closer and closer

New Money Honey
March 2nd, 2020

New Money Honey continues to progress as the staff at Indian Creek Farm monitor her. Prior to foaling, the farm did a blood screening to check if her foal will be predisposed to developing Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI) after delivery. NI happens when the foal ingests colostrum or first milk that has antibodies directed towards the red blood cells of the foal.

*Update* New Money Honey came back with a negative (not positive) result for this test which is a relief.

Below is an article from Lexington Equine Medical describing NI and steps taken to for the foal if the result is a positive one.  

"Around two weeks prior to foaling, the veterinarian will take a blood sample from the mare to determine whether her foal is predisposed to developing Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI) after birth. NI occurs when a foal ingests colostrum containing antibodies directed against its red blood cells (RBC’s). Affected foals will show signs such as yellow gums and sclera (white part of the eye), weakness, lethargy, recumbency, and red-colored urine. This syndrome may ultimately be fatal. The best way to prevent NI is to test the blood of the mare for the presence of antibodies against RBC antigens, commonly referred to as an “NI Screen”. If the blood test comes back as positive, preventative measures can be taken to ensure that the foal does not consume the mare’s colostrum. The mare should be milked out, and the foal should be muzzled while simultaneously provided colostrum or antibodies from a known safe source (i.e. banked colostrum that has undergone testing) after birth.

Prior to foaling and typically at the same time that we are performing an NI screen, the mare will have an episiotomy. The labia are locally anesthetized with lidocaine and then carefully incised. This allows for normal passage of the foal during the birthing process and reduces tearing of the mare’s perineum."

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Photo courtesy of Indian Creek Farm