Recent News for Foal Care and Problems

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Low Platelet Counts and Sick Foals: An Unlucky Combination

February 17, 2017

Researchers found an overall decreased survival rate in sick foals with thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet counts).... Read More

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Understanding Foal Immunity In Utero and Beyond

February 15, 2017

The science behind immunity is complex, but many aspects are useful in everyday mare and foal management.... Read More

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Time to Thrive: Neonatal Health Concerns

February 13, 2017

A look at health risks and survival rates among equine neonates.... Read More

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Warm Winter Could Affect Tall Fescue Toxicosis in Broodmares

February 11, 2017

Mild weather could be behind higher-than-average ergovaline concentrations in tall fescue in Central Kentucky pastures.... Read More

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Risk Factors Associated with R. equi Pneumonia

February 10, 2017

There was no association between disease development and dam age or plasma antibody concentrations, among other factors.... Read More

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Screen for Stifle Osteochondrosis With Ultrasonography

February 10, 2017

Ultrasonography allowed researchers to detect subclinical lesions in young foals and implement treatment promptly.... Read More

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Top Medicine Studies of 2016

February 07, 2017

Dr. Rob MacKay recaps studies on heparin for EHM prevention, liver failure caused by supplements, headshaking, and more.... Read More

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Nocardioform Placentitis Concerns for Kentucky Foal Crop

January 25, 2017

The UKVDL saw 10 nocardioform placentitis abortions in December 2016 and eight in the first two weeks of January.... Read More

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Feed Weanlings Carefully to Support Growth, Reduce DOD

January 23, 2017

A forage-based, total mixed-ration cube fed free choice supported weanling growth rates without increasing DOD cases.... Read More

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Do Probiotics Help Prevent Foal Diarrhea?

January 22, 2017

The probiotic researchers tested had "disappointing" results, but not all studies have yielded negative results.... Read More

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Collecting Colostrum

January 13, 2017

How can you collect colostrum and save it for future use, and how long can you keep it? A veterinarian weighs in.... Read More

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Dealing With Equine Dystocias

January 13, 2017

A difficult birth can be life-threatening for both mare and foal if not handled promptly and properly.... Read More

“Clients often ask, ‘What kind of grain should I use?’” Tanner says. “I always ignore that question and immediately ask, ‘What kind of hay are you giving them?’ If you have bad hay, you’re not going to fix that with more grain.” Tanner also recommends checking with your vet before giving your horse supplements, since nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. “You could be wasting a good bit of money on something that’s not good for your horse,” he says.

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Resolve to Weigh Your Horse's Feed

January 09, 2017

Do you want to make sure your horse is getting the right amount of feed? Use a scale!... Read More

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Diseases That Affect Nutrient Delivery in Horses

January 08, 2017

Watch for these conditions that impact nutrient absorption and lead to weight loss.... Read More

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Cost-Effective Feeding for Horses

December 31, 2016

Find out how to design an affordable feeding program without compromising your horse's health.... Read More

Operation Gelding clinic organizers Lacey Edge and Kaye Garrison have gelded 100 stallions through the Unwanted Horse Coalition’s program.

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Mother/Daughter Team Organizes Seventh Gelding Clinic

December 30, 2016

Operation Gelding clinic organizers Lacey Edge and Kaye Garrison have gelded 100 stallions.... Read More

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TheHorse.com's Top Videos of 2016

December 27, 2016

View videos on vision, fear, the hoof, assessing the foal after birth, EIPH, trimming old horses' hooves, and more.... Read More

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Foaling Tendencies and Dystocia Rates in New Zealand

December 25, 2016

Foal size (and, indirectly, sex) appear to contribute to dystocia, especially among mares in New Zealand.... Read More

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2017 UK Equine Showcase, Breeders' Short Course Scheduled

December 23, 2016

Lecture topics will include vaccinations, disease surveillance, foal nutrition, R. equi, biosecurity, and more.... Read More

A mare's teats will become waxy around one to four days before foaling, and sometimes sooner.

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Preparing Mares for Foaling

December 16, 2016

Rapid changes occur in the last months of gestation, making it important that owners monitor mares closely.... Read More

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Vaccines for all Ages

December 06, 2016

Horses at different life stages have variable vaccine needs, but they're not as complicated as they seem.... Read More

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Dembek Receives EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow

December 05, 2016

Dr. Katarzyna Dembek is studying how hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal hormones relate to disease in newborn foals.... Read More

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Can Fat Help Horses Gain Weight in Winter?

December 05, 2016

Find out how to safely feed horses fat and if it's a good weight-gain solution.... Read More

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Ready Mares in Fall for Foals in Spring

December 01, 2016

Reproductive health, vaccination status, and nutrition are key to readying your mare to care for her foal.... Read More

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Before You Breed: Costs and Considerations

November 20, 2016

Ensure your decision to breed is the right one and that you're prepared to handle the costs and commitments involved.... Read More