Foal Care


Pre-Foaling Management (Book Excerpt)

November 26, 2010

A mare should be brought inside at night beginning 30 to 45 days before her due date. This is done for two reasons. The first is so she can become comfortable with the surroundings and feel that the foaling stall is a safe, private place. ... Read More


Rotavirus in Foals: Quick Detection with Human Test

November 11, 2010

With a rapid test used to detect rotavirus in humans, veterinarians could diagnose rotavirus in foals more accurately and quickly and, thus, begin crucial treatment sooner. Reaserchers in Japan ... Read More


Determining the Best Samples for EPE Testing

October 13, 2010

A recent study found that using rectal swab samples could be an alternative way to test for the Lawsonia intracellularis bacteria that causes equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) if the foal has decreased or no fecal output.... Read More


Learning to Load

September 01, 2010

At what age is it safe to start introducing a young horse to loading on a trailer? ... Read More


Treating Systemic Fungal Infections With Better Options

August 22, 2010

There are more options today for treating systemic fungal infections in foals and horses, but owners should be prepared for a long haul--treatment takes a long time, it's expensive, and the infection can reoccur.... Read More


Rabies Vaccination in Pregnant Mares

August 17, 2010

Q: Can you address off-label use of the rabies vaccine in late-term broodmares? My therio vet won't give it because it's off-label usage. So I arrange for another vet in her practice to vaccinate my late-term mares. I can't imagine my foals not... Read More


Head to Tail Neonatal Care

August 16, 2010

With the economy the way it is, many neonatal foals are being managed on the farm rather than being sent to a clinic, according to Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, at the recent... Read More


New Foal Immunity Research Brings Hope for Improved Prevention Methods

August 06, 2010

A foal's immune system is known to be weak and immature, but new cell-based research suggests that "immunodeficiency" might be too broad a term to define the disease-fighting capacity of the youngest horses.... Read More



August 03, 2010

Weaning can be quite stressful for foals, mares, and their owners.... Read More

Article Presents Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Weaning July 28

July 28, 2010

Do you have questions about weaning strategies and health concerns for recently weaned foals and/or their dams? You're not the only one! Join us on Wednesday, July 28, from 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST for our Ask the Vet Live Q&A chat event on weaning...... Read More


Ways to Wean Young Horses

July 01, 2010

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Weaning a foal can be painful or painless, depending on how you do it.... Read More


Treating Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

June 28, 2010

If a foal comes down with signs of equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE), confirm the diagnosis, treat the affected foal, and monitor the herd for additional cases, Connie Gebhart, PhD, said at the 2010 ACVIM Forum, June 9-12 in Anaheim, Calif... Read More


Understanding Foal Care: Take 2

June 22, 2010

Foal care: Understanding and learning the basics of caring for baby.... Read More


Is She Ready to Foal Yet?

June 22, 2010

How do I know if my mare is getting close to her delivery date?
A: This can vary a great deal from mare to... Read More


Clones Benefit From Experienced Veterinarians at Birth

June 04, 2010

The best way to give cloned foals a leg up is to make sure that an experienced veterinary team is present when the mare gives birth, according to a recent study. Katrin Hinrichs, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, and her colleagues recently revie... Read More


Mutation Causing Lavender Foal Syndrome Identified

May 19, 2010

A mutation in the gene called myosin Va (MYO5A) is responsible for Lavender Foal Syndrome (LFS).... Read More


Foal Heart Murmurs Could Signal Other Problems

May 13, 2010

Any foal with an abnormally high respiration rate, heart rate, blue gums, or exercise intolerance should be evaluated for heart defects. If one is found, it's a good idea to look for other congenital problems.

K. Gary Magdesian, ... Read More


Foals Can Shed EPE Organisms to Uninfected Horses

April 12, 2010

Weanling foals that come down with equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) will recover if they are treated properly, so owners should look for this emerging disease in sick foals, said Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor... Read More


Foal Morphology: Here Come Those Legs!

April 09, 2010

We all know foals look like they’re "all legs," and new research is honing in on the physical and evolutionary advantages of that lanky morphology. It's all about keeping up with the herd, say the researchers, especially for... Read More


Rescued Pony Excels as Surrogate Dam

March 22, 2010

An orphaned Thoroughbred foal named Jerry who was fostered by a rescued mare at World Horse Welfare has been reunited with his grateful owner.

When Jerry lost his own mother last August, his worried owner contacted the National Foali... Read More


New Young Horse Feeding Recommendations Based on Breed

March 16, 2010

Breed-specific growth models help fine-tune feeding recommendations for young horses in the near future. ... Read More


Deworming Young Horses: When to Start?

March 15, 2010

The thought of your new foal becoming infected with worms is a bit too much to bear for many horse owners. All it takes is one face-to-face meeting with a squirmy white roundworm, the type of parasite most common in horses under two years of ag... Read More


Horses and Veterinarians

March 08, 2010

According to Robert Miller, DVM, almost everything a veterinarian does to a horse is frightening or painful.... Read More


First Steps for Foal Handling

March 01, 2010

Discussion of the many ways to teach young horses/foals to submit to humans; from imprinting to halter training, tying, grooming, and much more.... Read More


Student Research: Weaning, Foal Response to Mare Breeding

March 01, 2010

Questions: What is the best age to wean a foal? Is it a good/bad practice to take the afterbirth away from the mare right away so the veterinarian can check it? In the covering barn, why does the foal always get upset when the stallion...?... Read More