A follower inquired about the likelihood of a mare delivering outdoors in her paddock. Chris Baker created the following response:
In our experience at Three Chimneys Farm, mares can start labor anytime/anyplace but we end up with around 10% of foalings occurring during daylight hours and potentially out in the paddock/field. To identify these occurrences, we have a “day watch” person making rounds of paddocks and fields all day so mares are observed every 10-15 minutes and therefore can’t get too far ahead of us in the foaling process before we can monitor and assist.
If the weather and ground conditions are appropriate, we will go ahead and foal them outside as this is a very healthy way to foal for mare, foal and bio security purposes. If conditions do not allow for outdoor foaling, we will bring the mare into the barn when foaling is imminent or when she has broken water and complete the process in her designated stall.