Raising an Orphan Foal

When a foal loses his dam, he'll need help to grow both physically and mentally. Here's how to meet those challenges.


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Raising an orphan foal is an enormous challenge with far-reaching implications. How an orphaned foal is handled in his first weeks of life determines how he will relate to and interact with humans and even fellow horses well into his adult years. This EQUUS article, written with equine behavior expert Jennifer Williams, PhD, guides you through the many decisions involved in raising an orphan foal and offers sound advice for navigating this critical developmental period. We've made it available as a downloadable article so it's easy to print out and take to the barn and share. Just click the link below.

EQUUS Magazine: From Orphan Foal to Solid Citizen