The prospect of losing your mare or foal is something none of us want to think about and with the 2021 breeding season drawing to a close, the Northern Ireland Horse Board are revamping their Foster Mare and Orphan Foal service for 2022.


Running in conjunction with Baileys Horse Feeds, the Foster Mare and Orphan Foal service will operate free of charge to breeders throughout Ireland. Offering the service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Northern Ireland Horse Board feel that in some small way this may help breeders needing urgent help at a crucial time.


In addition to putting you in contact with breeders offering a foster mare or have an orphan foal, breeders will be able to get on the spot nutritional advice from the team at Baileys Horse Feeds.


With a wealth of knowledge and experience, it’s hardly surprising that Baileys are so effective and so well respected. Their team of agents, representatives and nutritionists offer no obligation, practical advice and to help you explore all your feeding options. Judy Maxwell, Baileys Horse Feeds in Ireland has spear headed the new concept and is delighted to be on hand to help breeders through this difficult period with some reassuring and practical advice backed by supplementary feeds that are constantly reviewed against the latest scientific research into feed technology and equine nutrition.


Their will be various ways that you will be able to register your need for either a Foster Mare or Orphan foal.


Call Us

NIHB office Tel (028) 383 43355, from ROI (048) during office hours Monday- Friday 9am – 1pm

Out of Hours- call or text Judy on 0044 7884065531



Just go onto the NIHB website FOSTER ALERT and see if there is a mare or foal available, or leave your own details onto the web page for another breeder to contact you.



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Social Media

We can be contacted 365 days a year via our Facebook page just search for: ‘@nihorseboard’.



The NIHB ask that all owners make arrangements between themselves regarding the care of mares and foals.  Like most things, the more widely known about and used the system is, the more successful this service will be.


It’s worth mentioning that mares stop producing milk quite quickly if not suckled and therefore will only be available for a few days. The more this service is widely used the more chance a mare may be available or a foal found. We would also ask veterinary surgeons and practices to keep our details available for potentially distressed clients.”