Meconium is the first faeces passed by a foal and is recognisable by its dark color and firm consistency. The meconium consists mainly of secretions and dead cells from the foal’s intestinal tract, accumulated during fetal development.
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Normal nursing behaviour is very important and a great indicator of your foal’s general health. Your foal should be nursing soon after birth. Usually this happens within two hours but if it does not drink within the first four hours, call your veterinarian.
Within the uterus of a pregnant mare the foal lies within two membranes: the amnion (inner membrane) and the allantois (outer membrane). It is through the allantois that oxygen, nutrients and waste products are exchanged between maternal and fetal blood.