Foal Care

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Readers Respond: Hold Your Horses

February 13, 2008

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you use imprinting or desensitization techniques with your foals?"

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Hands Off: New Research on Impact of Human Intervention on Foal Behavior

February 02, 2008

Human interaction with foals at a critical early developmental age appears to be a stressor, whereas positive human interaction with the dam creates a strong model for the observing foal, according to a series of ongoing research projects a... Read More

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Age-Related Parasites: Scourges of Foals and Young Horses

January 17, 2008

Ensuring that parasites have the minimum impact on your horse’s health and well-being starts at their youth.... Read More

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Causes of Foal Mortality: a One-Year Snapshot

December 31, 2007

Neonatal losses are a significant problem for the equine industry. Of the 1,294 fetal, neonatal, and juvenile equine cases presented to the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center from September 2004 through August 2005, 259... Read More

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2007 Morris Animal Foundation Equine Research Wrap-Up

December 14, 2007

The results of equine research funded by the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in 2007 added to scientists' understanding of foal pneumonia, hereditary muscle disorders, laminitis, and pharmacology.

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Lawsonia Infections: An Emerging Problem

November 24, 2007

Over the past decade, Lawsonia intracellularis, the bacterium responsible for proliferative enteropathy (a spreading disease of the intestines), has been diagnosed with... Read More

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Woman Pleads Guilty in Horse Starvation Deaths

September 30, 2007

A former Columbia Falls, Mont., woman has pleaded guilty to one count of felony aggravated cruelty to animals for the starvation deaths of 6 horses.

Under a plea agreement, Flathead County prosecutors will recommend that 32-year-old Tina... Read More

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This Week's Guest on Talkin' Horses: Kentucky Horse Park's Director of Operations

September 04, 2007

Join Kathy Hopkins, director of equine operations at Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park, for Thursday's edition of bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" sponsored by AIRshod. Hopkins will be the guest live online at Read More

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Blog Update: Making a New Mom for a Rejected Filly

August 26, 2007

This is a test. As you'll find out, it's a test in more ways than one.

For the next few weeks, I would like to share a little bit of my life with you. It's a story that you won't find in a veterinary text, but I... Read More

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Caring for Critically Ill Foals at Virginia Tech's Equine Medical Center

August 15, 2007

During the first 30 days of life, foals are especially sensitive to bacteria and other dangers commonly found in their surroundings. Each year between January and June, dozens of these foals are brought to Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott... Read More

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Are Mares a Source of R. Equi For Their Foals?

July 17, 2007

A study of one Lexington, Ky., Thoroughbred farm showed that on average, 30% of the farm's foals developed Rhodococcus equi pneumonia during the 2004 and 2005 foaling seasons. Researchers searching for a source of the disease questioned i... Read More

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Breeding and Reproduction Tips

July 13, 2007

People are always looking for tips on how to do things better--particularly horse breeders looking for ways to get healthier foals. Benjamin Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT, a practitioner from San Antonio, offered insight on many areas of equine reproduction... Read More

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Gallium to Control R. equi Foal Pneumonia

July 03, 2007

In order to survive, R. equi requires iron from the foal's body to replicate and survive. Researchers at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine recently examined the use of a semi-metal (gallium) that mimics iron as a... Read More

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Septicemia: Early Detection Is Important

June 22, 2007

A recently published study could help veterinarians predict the causative agents of a deadly bloodstream infection (septicemia) common in newborn foals by characterizing clinical signs associated with different types of bacteria.

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Nutrition For Critically Ill Foals

June 05, 2007

A major challenge in veterinary hospitals is providing nutrients to critically ill foals that are weak or unable to nurse. In these situations, parenteral nutrition (PN) is provided via an IV catheter. In a recent study researchers found that... Read More

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R. equi Foal Pneumonia: Support for Research Sought

May 29, 2007

Infectious respiratory diseases constitute one of the major causes of death in the horse industry. In addition to the sorrow caused, they also are major economic threats. One of the most common diseases in foals six months and younger is... Read More

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Detecting Foal Rib Fractures With Ultrasonography

May 18, 2007

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal has revealed that ultrasonography is more effective than radiography for detecting rib fractures in foals, and that the fracture rate is higher than previously reported.... Read More

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Manna Pro: Milk Replacer Recall Not Linked to Melamine Contamination

May 07, 2007

The recall of a batch of milk replacer commonly used for foals is not related to the widespread pet food recalls, according to a report released by the company.

A batch of Unimilk milk replacer was withdrawn after customers reported that th... Read More

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Foal Deformities: New Treatments (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Angular and flexural limb deformities in foals are concerns, to be sure, but they're not necessarily kisses of death. At the recent Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky.... Read More

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The Quest to Conquer Laminitis

May 01, 2007

"Owners and trainers worldwide have the feeling that every veterinarian and every farrier have years of experience and vast knowledge about laminitis and podiatry (foot care). Unfortunately, this is not the case," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of... Read More

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Veterinary News and Awards

March 23, 2007

A recap of the veterinary news and awards from the 2006 AAEP convention in San Antonio, TX. ... Read More

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Repro Updates

March 23, 2007

Equine reproduction was covered at the 2006 AAEP Convention including foaling, venereal disease, breeding, etc... Read More

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Upright Foals

March 01, 2007

Some foals sharing the same sire are all walking on their tiptoes and are very upright. Is this genetic?... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi

March 01, 2007

From the moment a newborn foal exits the warm fluid environment of its gestation and draws a first postpartum breath of air, it is exposed to millions of would-be invaders that would do it harm if not for the components of the foal's immune system,... Read More

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Diagnosis, Management, and Diagnostic Investigation of Abortion

February 01, 2007

Careful management of pregnant mares and preparation for parturition is essential to help prevent cases of equine abortion--losses of pregnancy between 150-300 days of gestation. "The incidence of abortion in mares ranges from 5-15%, and this ha... Read More