Laggan’s foal needed some help at first to survive.
When he was born Alistair knew that he was one of the best foals we have bred in recent times (and we have been fortunate to breed several big champions)
Although he is an outstanding foal Alistair knew that we were going to face some challenges as he could see that he was what we call a “dummy foal”. This can be caused by a lack of oxygen to his brain and in this case, resulted in a lack of a suck reflex. Our vet was called and performed a “Foal Squeeze” which replicates the delivery of the foal so that he is “Reborn” which stimulates the brain. The foal showed some improvement but still needed to be fed for the first few days of his life through a tube up his nose. This involved milking the mare every 2 hours day and night. He never developed a suck reflex so was unable to drink directly from his mother. Alistair continued to milk Laggan and feed Big Al from a bowl with the milk topped up with a specialist milk powder and foal pellets until he was 5 months old. This was the age that he would have been weaned from his mother anyway.
It was worth the effort as he is a huge perfectly marked foal, with great conformation and flat bone.
After such a wobbly start could this be a Champion in the making?