In-foal and birth
At De Lindehoeve you have the possibility to inseminate your mare with the sperm of your choice. The entire mare support can also be done with us. This is of course done by a veterinarian, who scans the mare as often as necessary. For pregnant mares we have extra water and feed troughs.
The In-foal mare is placed in one of our maternity stables 2 weeks before the due date. We only work with spacious delivery boxes. The pregnant mare is subject to extra supervision and we use a birth alarm. Furthermore, the mare gets extra lump.
As the owner you can watch how the foal is born via the controllable webcams. Of course you as an owner are also welcome to be present at the delivery. The first ten days we walk with the foal daily.
It is also possible at De Lindehoeve to have an embryo transfer. With an embryo transfer the embryo is transferred from one mare to another, the surrogate mare. This is mainly applied in equestrian sports, for example when the mare runs competitions.
With embryo transplantation the mare needs to be supervised more intensively and more actions are needed to make a mare pregnant. Flushing the mare and transplanting the embryo is a specialist treatment and therefore more expensive.
We work with two different birth alarms. These are the Radco alarm and the Sigloo alarm.
The Radco alarm measures the temperature of the pregnant mare every five minutes. Just before delivery there is a decrease in temperature in the mare. At that moment the birth alarm goes off. In general, it will take another 30 minutes to two hours for the birth begin. This gives us the chance to feel if the foal is well and let a veterinarian come if that’s necessary. We can also reach you, so that you can experience the birth.
Other benefits of the Radco alarm are that the alarm also goes off in the event of a standing birth or fever, often a sign of colic. Furthermore, the mare can simply walk in the meadow or in the paddock. Disadvantages of this alarm are that a foreign object is brought close to the cervix. This can possibly bring in bacteria. Some mares also try to scrape the temperature meter out. Furthermore, the strings and girth can irritate with prolonged use or warm weather.
Care for mare with foal
At De Lindehoeve, your mare with foal, along with other mares, has wonderful free entry and exit from the stable to the paddock and meadows or they are 24/7 outside in the meadow. Mares can come to us before or after the birth of the foal. You have the choice to let the mare give birth to us.
Did your mare get a foal at home? As soon as the foal is ten days, the foal can be brought with the mare. We have several mares with foals that forms a group. The foals are weaned after about six months. By weaning foals together, the foal is not so alone. This ensures that weaning is better.