Normal pregnancy length can vary widely in the mare. Thus many nights can be spent waiting up for the mare to foal. Physical signs of the mare's approaching readiness for foaling include an appropriate gestation length of greater than 320 days, udder enlargement with the presence of colostrum (milk) in the teats, waxing on the teat ends and relaxation of the vulva. While helpful, none of these signs are extremely accurate as a means of predicting when the mare will foal. Recent studies of pre-foaling milk (mammary secretion) electrolyte changes have demonstrated an increased ability to predict foaling time. These electrolyte changes (especially with regard to calcium level) have also been shown to be related to the development of maturity of the foal in the uterus and its subsequent survivability (viability) following a normal delivery.
This kit has been developed from years of extensive research and testing. The intent is to assist you in determining when the mare is likely to foal based upon changes in the pre-foaling milk calcium level. It is a tool that can allow you to attend your mare's foaling without an excessive number of sleepless nights.
The advantages of this kit include its accuracy and repeatability compared with other test kits on the market, its ease of use, its quantitative determination of the calcium carbonate level in each sample tested and its economy.
Eliminates Nightly Foal Sitting
Because FoalWatch is based on proven chemistry, you can rest easier at night. The test measures the concentration of calcium in the mare's colostrum, which rises sharply before birth. Simply begin testing once or twice a day about 2 weeks before the mare's due date. When the calcium concentration consistently exceeds 200 parts per million (ppm), the birth is imminent.
Safe and Easy to Use
FoalWatch contains no hazardous or toxic chemicals, is non-invasive, and requires no medical training to run. When the test is completed, the ampoule can be discarded with household waste.
Veterinarians at leading equine medical centres have evaluated FoalWatch as a foaling aid and call it "convenient, reliable and safe for mare, foal, producer and veterinarian alike"*
*Ley, W.B., Hoffman, J.L., et al "Daytime Management of the Mare: 1: Pre-Foaling Mammary Secretions testing"
Contains Everything You Need to Test
FoalWatch comes complete with 20 titres test ampoules, a test tube for collecting mare's milk, a bottle of distilled water, syringe, sample cup, and complete instructions.
Each kit contains 20 individual tests
£61.00 (inc. VAT)
We received this lovely email from Penny Coupland on the18th April 2008
Please find attached pic of my mare Sprite with her new colt, Lindhurst Robello (“ Paisley ”)
I was a little skeptical when I bought the Foal Watch kit – but as a first timer with a much loved, 15 year old maiden mare I wanted to be around if there were any problems. She was waxing up three weeks earlier than her projected date. Camping out on our lorry for up 3 weeks with my eyes glued to the cctv monitor was not going going to be much fun. I managed a few nights when it was below zero and I was already drooping.
Your kit arrived on day 322 of her pregnancy – test was 100 so I could go home and sleep soundly – and did so for two further nights. Day 325 she tested at just under 200. Day 326 she tested at 250 in the morning and 275 in the evening so I stayed nearby. Day 327 she tested at 500 in the morning so I knew to stay with her all day and my horsey husband was more than happy to stay over too as it was a dead cert.
That evening, at 10:30 pm we saw her paw the ground on the monitor. She turned to look at her sides and we were with her in seconds – head collar and tail bandage were already on thanks to the test – which was just as well as her waters started to break in moments.
We started the clock and after 2 mins the first foot appeared. Then ….. nothing.
Sprite rolled and strained for another 10 mins and I called the vet who set off immediately. 10 more minutes and Sprite was getting nowhere – so we called the vet again. She instructed us on how to carefully stretch the birth canal and feel for another foot and with help it appeared. 10 more minutes and nothing else so the vet instructed us on how to feel for a nose and as I encouraged Sprite – she pushed and my husband pulled and the head and shoulders were released and then the rest of the foal AND the placenta with the cord still pulsing and Sprite bleeding badly – it was awful.
The vet was, by this time, only minutes away and we kept the foal still and warm till Nicola arrived to clamp the cord then cut it, and then stitch up poor Sprite who hadn't a clue that the foal was there.
Without that kit we would have lost both of them. It all happened so quickly – Sprite didn't pace, she didn't roll, she finished her hay, pawed the ground twice, nipped her flank and then her waters broke. Because of FoalWatch, we were prepared, alert and hadn't taken our eyes off her. We had rung the vet in the morning to warn her and could give her exact details of Sprite's progress to the second.
Our vet has taken your details as she was so impressed at how organized we were and couldn't believe that we had been so accurate in the timing. So many people laughed at us saying our mare would foal when we weren't around and that tests were useless. I wish I had taken bets on its accuracy.
There is no doubt that without the benefit of Foalwatch we would be telling a very different story and I would have been suicidal.
Many thanks again,
Right: Paisley and Sprite