Foaling & Foaling Problems


Preparation of the Mare for Normal Foaling

January 31, 2004

Riddle said that most mares are outside all of the time or are only brought up for feeding until they reach one month before their expected foaling date. Whatever is preferred, broodmares thrive on routine.... Read More


Dystocia Management

January 31, 2004

Incidence of dystocia is around 4%, although this varies by breed, Embertson said. While many dystocias are resolved on the farm, some cases need to be referred to a hospital. This decision should be made based on the position of the foal, duration ... Read More


Foal Care From Birth to 30 Days (AAEP 2003)

January 31, 2004

Foal care from the first few hours of life to one month can be critical in the overall health and welfare of the newborn foal.... Read More


Equine Placenta Workshop: Placentitis

December 12, 2003

Mats Troedsson, DVM, Dipl. ACT, University of Florida (with co-author Walter Zent, DVM, of Lexington, Ky.), discussed clinical ultrasound in evaluation of the equine placenta to identify and treat mares with placentitis. He said placentitis is a... Read More


Newborns Out of Breath

November 01, 2003

I'd like to know more about foals who after being delivered, dried, and rubbed well, quit breathing in 10-20 minutes. We have done resuscitation by blowing into their nostrils and pumping their rib cages, and have rubbed them vigorously. The... Read More


USDA Clarification on the Issue of the West Nile Virus Vaccine: Vaccine Safe for Use

June 26, 2003

From the USDA:

"Some recent stories have suggested that the Fort Dodge Animal Health West Nile Virus Vaccine approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may cause pregnant mares to abort or give birth to deformed foals. The... Read More


Veterinarians Debunk Suggested Link Between WNV Vaccine and Birth Problems

June 23, 2003

Despite recent media reports, Wyoming, Colorado, and USDA veterinarians say that there is currently no scientific proof to link the West Nile virus vaccine to aborted, stillborn, or deformed foals, and that horse owners should continue to... Read More


Next Steps Toward Solving MRLS Involve Think Tank

April 02, 2003

Veterinarians and researchers trying to pinpoint the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) have joined together to create an MRLS "think tank," the progress and goals of which were discussed April 1 at a joint meeting of the Kentucky... Read More


Lady's Secret Dies From Foaling Complications

March 07, 2003

Lady's Secret, 1986 Horse of the Year and the richest female at one time, died March 4 from complications from foaling a General Meeting colt at Jack Liebau and Tom Capehart's Valley Creek Farm near Valley Center, Calif. The Thoroughbred mare’s... Read More


Emerging Disease in Foals

March 01, 2003

A bacteria that causes weight loss, colic, diarrhea, and hypoproteinemia (abnormally low protein in the blood) in foals is being seen more often in North America and Europe. The affected foals are usually four to eight months old, but can be... Read More


2002 Fall Fetal Loss Syndrome

February 07, 2003

The results of a survey conducted by the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center and College of Agriculture showed that a small number of Thoroughbred and other farms experienced an unusual increase in what is being termed fal... Read More


AAEP 2002: Reproduction

February 04, 2003

The reproduction session at the annual AAEP meeting in Orlando, Fla., was something of an A to Z seminar with an international flavor. It started with speakers from North America presenting discussions on endometrial echotexture (ultrasound... Read More


High-Risk Pregnancies and Sick Foals

January 09, 2003

In defining a high-risk mare, Bain said she is one which has had previous foaling problems such as dystocia (difficult delivery), hemorrhage, or a red bag delivery. He said a mare also could be at risk because of medical illness, surgery, colic... Read More


Kentucky Abortions Update

December 18, 2002

The “blip” of abortions seen in August, September, and October in Kentucky has continued on through December. With only about 50 total abortions reported, this problem might not even catch the attention of many people in a normal year, as... Read More


Neonatal Emergency Management in the Field

November 06, 2002

Rhonda Rathgeber, DVM, PhD stressed the need for assessing newborn foals early for abnormal conditions.... Read More


Foaling Alarms--Expecting Company?

November 01, 2002

There are several types of foaling alarms available. They are designed to notify the person responsible (owner, farm manager, or foaling attendant) that the mare is in labor. ... Read More


Foal Hyperbaric Chamber Studies Commence

April 12, 2002

Studies examining the effects of hyperbaric oxygen on dummy foals and those with septic joints have begun.... Read More


Some NY Farms Experiencing Foaling Problems

April 05, 2002

Some New York breeding farms have experienced an unusual number of foaling problems so far this breeding season, and slightly higher incidences of sickness and herpesvirus abortions. There is evidence to suggest a slight connection between the... Read More


Placentitis-Causing Bacterium Gets Name

January 15, 2002

Each year throughout the United States, mares lose their pregnancies due to placentitis or an infection in the placenta. Placentitis causes lesions in the placenta, which provides nourishment from the mare to the fetus. When that nourishment is... Read More


Three to be Sentenced in Nevada Wild-Horse Killings

January 14, 2002

According to an Associated Press report, two men charged in the killing of 34 wild horses in the hills east of Reno, Nev., pleaded no contest Jan. 7 to single gross misdemeanor counts, and a third defendant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.... Read More


In the Aftermath of Birth--Retained Placenta

January 01, 2002

The birth of a foal is a wondrous event; if all goes well, it is over quickly as the mare goes through the three stages of labor. The first stage generally involves restlessness as the mare paces the stall, paws, lies down, gets back up, and... Read More


Foaling Problems

December 01, 2001

A medical doctor once told me, "There’s only a 1% chance that a problem will develop, but if it develops in you, then it’s 100% a problem." So it goes with foaling: Foaling difficulties occur in less than 1% of births, but if it’s your mare, thi... Read More


MRLS Not Expected To Have Lingering Effects

November 07, 2001

“Our best guess is that mares in foal should produce normal foals, and mares which are open should have no problem getting in foal next year,” stated Dr. John Steiner, a veterinary reproductive specialist with the firm of... Read More


The View From The NICU

October 18, 2001

At the end of April in Kentucky, we suddenly started seeing a large number of foals with an unusual combination of signs admitted to the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Most were slightly premature--maybe a... Read More


Without Warning: Dystocia

October 16, 2001

Eleven months is a long time to wait for the birth of a foal. Even with the best of care, things can go wrong and interrupt the normal development of the fetus and/or compromise the health of the mare.

When the day (or as is often the case,... Read More