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Footing Part 5: Footing Additives

First "Ask-Cherry"

Foaling Kit


Footing Part 5: Footing Additives

This is the last installment of my 5-part series on arena footing, a most important consideration for your horse's soundness and your safety. To have a productive training session, arena footing must be safe and appropriate for your event.

Good footing gives a horse the confidence to move forward with energy and elasticity. Poor footing is dangerous and can cause a horse to fall or to move timidly or with resistance.

Often you need to add things to your arena footing to improve it or solve a problem. Additives for arena footing can range from rainfall/watering to chemical agents and should be carefully selected to solve a specific footing problem.

Read about adding manure, bedding, oil, salt, calcium chloride, water additives, fibers and polymers to your arena soil here:


Here is this month's "Ask-Cherry" Q&A:

Subject: What should be in a foaling kit?

Dear Cherry,

Our mare is due on Feb 9, 2002, and I have asked different people exactly what things I should have in my medical box - but they haven't given me a list of things that I should have - This is our first foal - so I can't go from experience - and the most of my other "horse friends" have never went through foaling either - so that is why I am asking if there is a list of things that I should have - I have the usual stuff - but I am not sure if these things will be of any help to me - in case I have a problem.. Thank You very much.

Peggy Sanford

Hi Peggy,

I'll get to the contents of a Foaling Kit in just a minute.

But first be sure you talk with your veterinarian on what type of medical treatment(s) he/she feels your mare and foal should have prior to and after foaling. I don't want to make any recommendations about veterinary treatments as they will vary depending on your situation and your skill level. Between you and your vet, you'll need to decide if the following things should be administered, when, and by whom. Your veterinarian might recommend none, some, or all of the following:

  • tetanus antitoxin for foal
  • penicillin for mare and/or foal
  • blood testing of foal (IgG - level of immunity)
  • deworming of mare right after foaling with ivermectin
  • probiotics for foal (vitamin, mineral, enzymes, live organisms in a paste to "jump start" the foal)
  • other tests or medical procedures depending on your mare and specific situation.

You should have a general equine first aid kit in your barn. (Reference Horse Health Care p.73)

In addition to your main equine first aid kit, you should have a Foaling Kit with some specialized items for the foal and some for the mare. Here's what I have in my barn foaling kit:...

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