Foal Care


Foals are Interferon-Gamma Deficient at Birth

September 01, 2006

Newborn foals are deficient in a certain protein released by white blood cells that is essential for protection against the bacterium Rhodococcus equi and other pathogens, stated scientists at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine... Read More


Orphans and Twins in Horses

July 24, 2006

People new to the breeding and raising of horses probably have never experienced the challenge of raising an orphan foal or feeding a foal whose mother is producing little or no milk. The solutions to both problems can be time consuming and... Read More


Virginia Equine Medical Center Records Successful Year for Neonatal Foals

June 29, 2006

"It's been quite a successful year," said Dr. Martin Furr, the Adelaide C. Riggs Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and the clinical faculty member who coordinates Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's Read More


Veterinary Education Abroad

June 01, 2006

Owning horses is, by default, continuing education. Veterinarians are required to receive a certain number of hours of continuing education to maintain their licenses. Many practitioners take training above and beyond what is required by law simply... Read More


Fortified Plasma Benefits Sick Foals

May 12, 2006

Critically ill foals are seven percent more likely to survive if they receive plasma with higher concentrations of antibodies as opposed to traditional plasma, according to results of a recent study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School... Read More


Premature Foals (Book Excerpt)

March 27, 2006

Foals can be born prematurely for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for a premature delivery are infection of the placenta (placentitis) or long-standing placental insufficiency. ... Read More


Foal Imprinting -- Research Review

February 17, 2006

While horse owners worldwide want a simple answer to the question of whether foal imprinting works or not, it's hard to give a simple answer to what really isn't a simple question. This was the message of an imprinting research review presented... Read More


Dealing with Dummy Foals

February 01, 2006

At first, everything seems fine: Your foal was born without incident and started nursing as he should. But two days later, the baby quit suckling and began acting strangely--wandering around and pressing his head against the stall wall. Your... Read More


Growing Problems

February 01, 2006

Horse breeders have long known that problems can develop in the bones of young horses as they grow. The term developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) was coined in 1986 to encompass all orthopedic problems seen in the growing foal and has become... Read More


Fractured Ribs in Foals

January 01, 2006

Surgically repairing or stabilizing fractured ribs in a newborn foal can reduce the risk of further complications such as puncturing a vital organ, say Robert Hunt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and Fairfield Bain, DVM, MBA, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC. Th... Read More


Make a Lasting Imprint

December 01, 2005

It's been 14 years since the concept of foal imprinting hit the equestrian world's collective consciousness. Since then, the notion has been marketed, written about, practiced, modified, and even studied in scientific research. In short, it's... Read More


Joint Injury Prevention in Foals

November 29, 2005

Developmental and traumatic joint injuries are a significant problem in Thoroughbred foals. These injuries, such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and fetlock joint lesions, often require costly medical treatment or surgical repair.... Read More


Vaccinations for Youngsters

November 01, 2005

Protecting tender immune systems against disease is the surest way to ensure the young horse doesn't fall victim to either temporarily uncomfortable or life-ending infections.

Even though foals receive some immunity by drinking colostru... Read More


Detecting Rhodococcus equi Faster

October 01, 2005

Rhodococcus equi pnemonia is an insidious disease of foals--by the time one sees clinical signs, the pnemonia can be well advanced. Thus, tests that have greater sensitivity for R. equi are needed because they might permit... Read More


At What Age to Shoe?

September 01, 2005

Questions involving the ifs and whens to shoe horses have been debated for years. There are those who will argue that a horse's foot should not have metal attached via nails under any circumstances, while others will opt for shoeing certain horses... Read More


Eating Poop

August 01, 2005

Our first foal is 10 days old and has already been spotted eating manure. We have accepted the fact that eating manure is normal foal behavior and are trying to ignore it. A quick question: When should he get over this behavior? via e-mail... Read More


Puberty in Thoroughbreds

July 01, 2005

Puberty is a transitional period for horses, from a time of reproductive immaturity to a time where sexual behavior is demonstrated and sperm is ready for release in the colt, and the filly starts to cycle. Unfortunately, very little information is... Read More


Umbilical Cord Length and Foal Health

May 23, 2005

A long umbilical cord increases the risks for abortions and stillbirths in horses. Complications include strangulation of the foal and excessive cord twisting, writes Karin Bosh in a recent edition of Equine Disease Quarterly, a newsletter... Read More


Innovative Mare Milker

May 12, 2005

A new invention by Buck Wheeler called the Udderly EZ mare milker is helping breeding farms manage colostrum collection and the sometimes difficult task of milking a mare.

The device is a hand-held, trigger-operated pump that fits on a... Read More


Rhodococcus Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

May 01, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally... Read More


Foals of Non-Milking Mares

April 01, 2005

I have a gorgeous palomino Quarter Horse mare that I would like to breed, but I have a problem. She ran into barbed wire as a yearling and she cannot produce milk as a result of that accident. The man who owned her before bred her twice, and he... Read More


R. Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

March 31, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of R. equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally, farms... Read More


Developmental Orthopedic Disease (DOD) and Mare Nutrition

March 24, 2005

A seminar for veterinarians on developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) in horses and ways it can be controlled through feeding and management practices was presented by Dan Burke, PhD, director of equine nutrition for Buckeye Nutrition, on Feb. 9... Read More


Diarrhea in Young Foals

March 03, 2005

Infectious diarrhea in young foals can be fatal without prompt treatment, and the age of the foal can make a difference in his vulnerability to certain pathogens and how deadly they might be. In foals less than a week old, the cause is often... Read More


Amikacin Therapy in Newborns

March 03, 2005

Aminoglycosides, including amikacin, are known for their potent activity against bacteria that cause sepsis in newborn foals. Dosage protocols for aminoglycosides have been extensively studied in humans, and conventional dosing at eight- to... Read More