The full foaling process is captured in the 8.5-minute video, from milk leakage and the rush of placental fluids to the white amniotic membrane’s first appearance, to the filly’s birth and her first attempts to stand and nurse.
“We were lucky to be a part of this natural and undisturbed foaling process of Isabella´s filly, and witness another healthy being come to life and be a part of our Arabian horse herd.”
Horses give birth around 15-25 minutes after their water breaks. Waller Equine Hospital in Texas provides information that helps explain what’s happening in the video:
“Even in a normal delivery, the mare may stand up, lie down, and roll several times in an effort to properly position the foal for delivery. Normal presentation of the foal resembles a diving position, with front feet first, one slightly ahead of the other, hooves down, followed closely by the nose, head, neck, shoulders, and hindquarters…
“In the excitement of birth, it is important to remember some tried and true guidelines: Allow the foal time to break the fetal membranes… Generally, it is not recommended to cut or break the umbilical cord. If it has not broken during delivery, it will usually break when the mare or foal gets up…
“Encourage the mare and foal to rest as long as possible. Give them an opportunity to bond undisturbed… Foal should stand and nurse within 2 hours of birth.”
Watch these related videos next:
• The three different ways mammals give birth
• Baby Mangalica pigs are birthed in the forest
• Calaya gives birth to baby gorilla Moke at The National Zoo
• A tiny newborn kangaroo climbs into its mother’s pouch
• A giant panda gives birth to twin baby pandas (and doesn’t realize she’s raising both)
This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.
Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.