Foaling & Foaling Problems


For a Fostered Foal, There's Nothing Like a Mother's Love

August 29, 2010

The loss of a mother: a tragic event for any species. Likewise, the loss of an infant: devastating. At the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana this spring, both of these events occurred, leaving a mare without her baby... Read More


Head to Tail Neonatal Care

August 16, 2010

With the economy the way it is, many neonatal foals are being managed on the farm rather than being sent to a clinic, according to Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, at the recent... Read More


Once-Paralyzed Foal Now Walking Freely

August 03, 2010

Vitelle, the once-paralyzed filly, is finally walking, trotting, and cantering without a walker at the farm in Belgium she left more than a year ago. In June 2009, at 3 weeks old, the Boulonnais Draft horse foal developed sudden paralysis and urinary... Read More


More Foals Surviving Dystocia

July 25, 2010

Foals have a better chance of surviving dystocia if the mare is taken to an equine hospital as soon as the prolonged delivery is recognized, said Katherine Cole MacGillivray, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, of Haygard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, K... Read More



July 01, 2010

Foaling: what are the considerations and helpful steps you can take to provide a normal foaling for your mare?... Read More


Understanding Foal Care: Take 2

June 22, 2010

Foal care: Understanding and learning the basics of caring for baby.... Read More


Is She Ready to Foal Yet?

June 22, 2010

How do I know if my mare is getting close to her delivery date?
A: This can vary a great deal from mare to... Read More


Clones Benefit From Experienced Veterinarians at Birth

June 04, 2010

The best way to give cloned foals a leg up is to make sure that an experienced veterinary team is present when the mare gives birth, according to a recent study. Katrin Hinrichs, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, and her colleagues recently revie... Read More


High Risk Pregnancy in the Mare Discussed at Vet Convention

March 11, 2010

The High Risk Pregnancy in the Mare session at the 2009 AAEP Conference was very well attended.... Read More



March 08, 2010

A recap of the reproduction topics covered at the 2009 AAEP Convention.... Read More


Fetal Heart Rate Measurements Aid Health Monitoring

February 26, 2010

Fetal heart rate monitoring during the second half of pregnancy can help veterinarians easily and reliably assess the health of the unborn foal, according to new research by German and Austrian veterinary scientists. However, it's unlikely to give ... Read More


Managing Pastures to Avoid Tall Fescue Toxicity

February 25, 2010

Broodmare farm operators in the southeastern United States are interested in managing tall fescue toxicity because of the pregnancy complications it can cause.

The University of Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, has evaluate... Read More


How to Examine an Equine Placenta

February 23, 2010

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Broodmare C-Section: Subsequent Fertility and Foaling Rates (AAEP 2009)

January 30, 2010

Cesarean sections, or C-sections, are performed on approximately 15%-25% of pregnant mares admitted to equine hospitals for dystocia (difficult or abnormal labor or delivery). C-sections are also performed as elective procedures or in cases whe... Read More


Steps to Keep Your Newborn Foal Healthy

January 06, 2010

Knowing how a normal foal should behave and when to call the veterinarian can go a long way toward avoiding a trip to an equine neonatal intensive care unit. Pamela Wilkins, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, is head of equine medicine and surgery ... Read More


First Leptospirosis Abortions Reported in England

December 04, 2009

Diagnostic pathologists at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), Newmarket recently published the first report of equine abortions in England caused by leptospirosis.... Read More


Late Term Abortion in Mares Reviewed for World Equine Veterinarians

November 07, 2009

Failure to conceive and early embryonic death both negatively impact the equine breeding industry; however, late-term abortions also occur and should not be ignored, said Michelle M. LeBlanc, DMV, Dipl. ACT, from Rood & Riddle Equine... Read More


Foaling Among Peers

November 01, 2009

We have a 20-year-old Paint mare due to foal soon. Her pasturemate is a 15-year-old open mare who has had prev... Read More


Colic Alarm Presented at Equine Science Society Meeting

June 15, 2009

Developed by a team at Utah State University, a proposed equine distress monitor system combines a tilt sensor, accelerometer, and wireless technology interfaced with a computer in order to alert horse owners to animals in distress. The tea... Read More


Diazepam Levels in Foals

March 27, 2009

The combination of ketamine and diazepam (Valium) commonly comprise anesthesia agents in horses. However, she added, many surgeons steer away from the combination when anesthetizing mares that are suffering from dystocia (difficult birth).... Read More


Emergency Foal CPR

February 12, 2009

Performing the “A-B-C-Ds” of resuscitation might help save your foal’s life while waiting for the vet.... Read More


Emergency Foal CPR

February 01, 2009

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the restoration of spontaneous circulation and breathing and is used in cases of cardiopulmonary arrest, defined as sudden cessation of spontaneous and effective respiration and heartbeat. This most often... Read More


Know the Stages of Mare Labor

January 27, 2009

As foaling season approaches, horse owners who are expecting foals this year should know how to recognize the signs of labor in a foaling mare. The normal gestation length for a mare can range from 320 to 360 days, with the average being around... Read More