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


Foal or Newborn, Born Stained Yellow, Orange or Brownish


This is called meconium staining and may indicate that a foal that is at high risk. A stressed or sick fetus may defecate while in the womb, contaminating the fluid in which they are bathed (the amnionic fluid). Foals may then breathe in this contaminated fluid, causing pneumonia.

If your newborn foal is stained in a yellow, orange or brownish color, contact your vet immediately. They will evaluate the general health of the foal, and help you determine the proper course of treatment or supportive care.

  • Code Red

    Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

your role


What To Do

your vet's role

Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • Does the foal appear healthy otherwise?
  • How is the foal's appetite and attitude?
  • How many hours ago did the mare foal?
  • Is the foal standing and nursing normally?
  • Will a veterinarian perform a post-partum exam on mare, foal, placenta?

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP