Foaling & Foaling Problems

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Tips to Predicting a Foal's Arrival

February 01, 2008


Familiarity with the foaling process and your mare is crucial to predicting birth, but you also can employ sensors, alarms, and video monitoring systems.

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When Foaling Goes Wrong

November 26, 2007

There is something magical about foaling time that involves more than just observing the start of a new life--special though that might be. In addition, it often is the fruition of months, even years, of planning and anticipation on the part of... Read More

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Fetotomy: A Viable Option for Resolving Dystocia Caused by Nonviable Foals

August 06, 2007

Fetotomy (the vaginal removal from a mare of a dead fetus in two or more pieces) is a viable option for resolving severe dystocia (difficult birth), with better mare survival rates than those cases involving Cesarean section, according to... 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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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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Postpartum Complications in the Mare

February 01, 2007

If your mare experiences complications following foaling, it's important to note when they arise, said Walter Zent, DVM, a veterinarian at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., in his presentation at the 2006 Hagyard Bluegrass... Read More

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Predicting Mare Delivery Dates: The Eyes Have It

August 03, 2006

Thanks to a University of Pennsylvania study, owners of small ponies can now predict their pregnant mares' delivery dates simply by looking into their unborn foals' eyes. During a two-year project, researchers in the university's School of... Read More

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Information on Inducing Labor

August 01, 2006

I am searching for information or articles on induced parturition (labor). Is there any information published on this topic?... Read More

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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

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Retained Fetal Membranes

January 01, 2006

For a mare, the birth of her foal is an explosive process, in the best of circumstances requiring less than a half-hour from the time her water breaks to the time the foal has been delivered through the birth canal. In a wilder existence, a... Read More

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Managing Fractured Ribs in Foals

October 27, 2005

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

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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

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Foaling a Premature Foal

April 28, 2005

Normal gestation in a mare lasts anywhere from 320 to 360 days. The average is about 341 days. A foal born at less than 320 days will display immature characteristics such as silky hair coat, overly pliable ears, weak or lax flexor tendons, and... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Milne Lecture (Foals)

March 03, 2005

The Frank J. Milne Lecture was presented by Peter Rossdale, OBE, MA, PhD, Dr. (h.c.) Berne, Dr. (h.c.) Edinburgh, DESM, FACVSc, FRCVS. The title of his talk was "The Maladjusted Foal: Influences of Intrauterine Growth Retardation and Birth... Read More

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Placenta Assessment and Examination

February 14, 2005

The examination of a well-preserved placenta adds value to a post-partum checkup. "What clients can do to help us is the timeliness of placental examination," he added. "There is little you can draw from a placenta that has been exhumed from beneath... Read More

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Determining Delivery Time

February 01, 2005

I have two horses I have purchased not knowing they were pregnant. How will I know that they are close to delivery? Will they lose their appetite like my dogs do, or will there be other signs I should look for in the last month of... Read More

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Fetotomy in the Mare

December 17, 2004

Even if a fetus is dead before foaling is finished, the time spent manipulating the fetus is still critical. If you are far from an equine hospital where a Cesarean section could be performed to extract the fetus, a fetotomy might be your best... Read More

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Congenital Hypothyroidism Devastates Western Canada Breeders

November 01, 2004

Veterinarians in western Canada report that 2004 has been a disappointing year for many breeders because of an increase in cases of fatal congenital hypothyroidism in foals. Newborns with the disease can exhibit clinical signs such as contracted... Read More

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Equine Obstetric Lubricants

November 01, 2004

"With such long necks and long limbs, it's a wonder any foal can be born normally," observed Grant S. Frazer, BVSc, MSc, MBA, Dipl. ACT, associate professor in reproduction at The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine at the... Read More

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Recent Advances in Equine Obstetrics

November 01, 2004

Equine obstetrics is more than "pulling a foal out." At the American College of Theriogenology (ACT) meeting held in August in Lexington, Ky., the basics of this specialty--as practiced with today's advanced capabilities--were defined by Grant S... Read More

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Premature Foals: Short- and Long-Term Problems

March 19, 2004

Several problems commonly develop in premature foals, some of which can require some tough decisions by the owner and practitioner. Don't balk at gathering information. Get very detailed histories and take a good look at the placenta.... Read More

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The Depressed Foal

March 17, 2004

The most common reasons a foal might become depressed, Franklin said, include infection, poor nutrition, acidosis (unusually acidic blood from diarrhea), lameness (multiple lamenesses can often depress a foal... Read More

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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

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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