Foal Care


Seeing Double: Handling Equine Twins

October 16, 2016

Veterinarians have developed methods for detecting and reducing twins in horses. ... Read More


Feeding Foals

October 03, 2016

A foal's diet is critical to development, disease prevention, and more. Here's how to feed foals through weaning.... Read More


Can Alpha-Fetoprotein Help Diagnose Neonatal Disease?

August 21, 2016

Researchers found that AFP could be a useful biomarker to help assess neonatal health soon after birth.... Read More


Study: Young Foals can Learn Basic Handling Skills

August 07, 2016

Researchers found that training using learning theory principles can yield excellent results in weeks-old foals.... Read More


Do Foals, Yearlings Need Fecal Egg Counts of Zero?

July 05, 2016

Study foals and yearlings had good body condition scores and growth rates even when their fecal egg counts weren't zero.... Read More


Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

June 14, 2016

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say.... Read More


Foal Eye Issues

May 31, 2016

A number of congenital or developmental problems can impair a foal's vision. Here's what to watch for.... Read More


How Do Mares Protect Their Foals?

May 12, 2016

An equine reproductive behavior expert shares insight into how mares and herds will ward off danger to their young.... Read More


Research-Based Weaning Tips to Reduce Stress

April 21, 2016

Start planning early to make the transition away from mom as smooth as possible.... Read More


Mare Thyroid Condition Might be Linked to Foal Deaths

April 08, 2016

The rare condition--primary hypothyroidism--in mares could be behind a potentially deadly foal problem called CHDS.... Read More


Get Foal Nutrition Right From the Start

March 31, 2016

Your foal needs proper nutrition to get a jump on a healthy life. Here are some tips on how to ensure he receives it.... Read More


Neonate Prognostic Indicators: Making Sense of the Noise

March 30, 2016

One vet reviews the options practitioners have for determining prognosis and predicting survival for sick foals.... Read More

Transabdominal ultrasonography is useful for reliably identifying worm burdens of more than 10 ascarids.


Monitoring Foal Ascarid Burdens With Ultrasonography

March 29, 2016

Researchers confirmed that transabdominal ultrasonography can reliably identify worm burdens of more than 10 ascarids.... Read More


5 Tips for Feeding Weanlings

March 28, 2016

Don't wait until your foal is weaned to plan a diet that meets his increased energy, protein, and mineral requirements.... Read More


How to Feed Orphan Foals

March 13, 2016

Orphan foals require special care from the start, especially when it comes to their nutritional needs.... Read More

Sick neonatal foals endure great physiological stress and are highly susceptible to infection.


Foal and Adult Horse Blood Samples: What's the Difference?

March 13, 2016

Veterinarians should be familiar with what's normal and what's not normal on a foal's blood sample test results.... Read More


5 Tips for Feeding Foals

March 04, 2016

Proper nutrition is critical for growth and development. Learn the right way to feed your foal.... Read More


Toxin Associated With C. perfringens Identified

February 25, 2016

Researchers recently identified the NetF toxin in foals in Kentucky.... Read More


UKVDL offers Rhodococcus equi Testing

February 24, 2016

The tests offered to help diagnose R. equi include foal necropsy, cytology, and more.... Read More


Hyperimmune Plasma and R. equi Pneumonia Severity

February 13, 2016

Giving foals hyperimmune plasma did not prevent infection, but it did reduce the severity of R. equi pneumonia.... Read More


How to Perform CPR on a Newborn Foal

February 09, 2016

Many foals born with beating heart and pulse, but who fail to breathe, can be revived via CPR. Here's what to remember.... Read More


Tracking Down (and Preventing) Emerging Equine GI Diseases

February 08, 2016

Learn what GI diseases to watch for, how veterinarians detect them, and how to avoid them in the first place.... Read More

On the left, this lateral-medial radiograph, taken in February 2010, shows the left tarsus in 5-day-old foal with Grade 2 incomplete ossification. On the right, a lateral-medial radiograph, taken in June 2011, shows the left tarsus of the same foal, taken a year later, demonstrating normally-shaped tarsal bones.


Preemies, Bone Development, and Eventual Racing Performance

February 05, 2016

Though the overall prognosis isn't great, some foals with incomplete ossification can race if managed properly.... Read More


Practical Equine Medicine Studies of 2015

February 04, 2016

Studies focused on ophthalmology, gastrointestinal disease, foal medications, pain management, and more.... Read More


Minimizing Foal Stress Levels in the Breeding Shed

February 03, 2016

What would be the best plan for handling a foal whose dam is being covered by a stallion?... Read More