Sedating older equines
The equine neonates "open" digestive tract is equipped with cells that absorb these protein molecules during the first few hours of life.
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Without this initial store of essential protein, the foal is in constant danger of infection until she develops her own immune system (active immunity).
If the mare rejected her foal after delivery or the mare died due to delivery complications rather than disease, her colostrum can be hand milked and fed to the newborn with a bottle and rubber nipple.