What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Foal or Newborn, Milk Drying on Face


A glazing of dried milk on a foal's muzzle and face is an indication that they have not been able to keep up with the mare's milk production. It should be an indicator that something is wrong and should at least prompt you to monitor the situation closely.

  • Code Red

    Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours
    • If you are convinced that your foal is not nursing.

your role


What To Do

Assess the foal's general health, paying particular attention to its ability to stand and nurse the mare. Since this situation can be serious in very young foals (possibly a bit less urgent in older foals), immediately contact your vet with your findings and concerns.

your vet's role

Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • Is the foal active and nursing?
  • How old is the foal?
  • Did the foal stand and nurse normally after foaling?
  • Was the foal normal before, i.e. nursing, bright and alert?

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP