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First meal: Colostrum

Nutrition
February 7th, 2019

Post delivery, the foal and mare take time to bond. The foal will attempt its first steps and eventually build enough stability to stand on its' own. Once standing, the foal will have its first meal of colostrum. Colostrum is the first milk produced by the mare just before she foals, and for not more than 24 hours after giving birth. Colostrum contains antibodies that are essential in building the immune system of the foal.

Watch this video from Chanteclair farm from Season 1 of Foal Patrol to learn how the farm staff ensures enough antibodies are present.