Foal Care


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


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


Induction of Lactation in the Non-Pregnant Mare

February 01, 2007

Poor milk production or the loss of a mare in the peripartum period (occurring in the last month of gestation or the first few months after delivery) can jeopardize the health and viability of the foal. To provide the foal with an alternate... Read More


Neonatal Nuances

February 01, 2007

The first days of a foal's life can be risky; there are a number of things that can go wrong. Some problems can be dealt with easily (such as constipation), while others are life-threatening (such as a ruptured bladder).

In this article, Bonni... Read More


Orphans and Families

January 26, 2007

I wanted to share with you a horse behavior experience that I had after I lost my best broodmare. "Janet" died overnight on May 30, 2006, at age 22. She looked remarkably great for her age, so we were breeding her back to our stallion. She was... Read More


Regional Horse Owner Programs Offered in Minnesota

January 14, 2007

The University of Minnesota is offering five regional horse owner education programs throughout Minnesota in 2007. Each program offers unbiased, researched-based information and knowledgeable speakers identified specifically for that region by a... Read More


Solar Signs Aim to Help Curb Crashes with Amish Buggies

January 05, 2007

Though the Amish eschew modern technology, Kentucky transportation officials are hoping the western Kentucky Amish community will benefit from solar-powered signs.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials have installed the new signs... Read More


Dover Saddlery Opening Store in Chantilly, Va.

December 14, 2006

Dover Saddlery Retail, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dover Saddlery (Nasdaq: DOVR), announced yesterday (Dec. 13) that the grand opening of its new Chantilly Virginia store will take place February 2-4, 2007. Equestrians are invited to join... Read More


Pneumonia's Fatal Grip

December 01, 2006

Pneumonia is, simply put, inflammation of the lungs. It can be mild or life-threatening (and quickly fatal) depending on its cause and the age of the foal. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Many foals are susceptible to... Read More


NAHMS Survey Reports Top Foal Health Concerns

November 25, 2006

Wounds and trauma were the most common foal health problems reported by participants in the National Animal Health Monitoring System's Equine 2005 study.

Over 9% of foals were reported to have sustained wounds or trauma. Digestive... Read More


Proliferative Enteropathy in Horses

November 19, 2006

Lawsonia intracellularis, a well-known pathogen of swine and hamsters, is now frequently recognized within the equine species. It is an obligate, intracellular, curved, gram-negative bacterium that resides freely within the apical... Read More


Walking Horse Trainers, Veterinarians React to Celebration Flap

October 04, 2006

According to Walking Horse trainers and veterinarians, the issues leading to the early closure of the National Celebration show were but another example of a lack of consistency in the interpretation of the Horse Protection Act (HPA).... Read More


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


What Was Causing Foal Abnormalities?

May 01, 2006

I have bred and raised 142 Morgan foals since 1976. During that time, we've had eight foals born with a very similar set... Read More


Fever, Colic, Swelling...What is It?

April 01, 2006

I had an 8-month-old colt stop eating his grain on Friday. I took his temperature, which was 105ºF, and gave him Bute...... 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