Foal Care

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Lawsonia Infection in Foals: No Negative Effect as Adults (AAEP 2009)

January 29, 2010

Horses that recover from Lawsonia intracellularis infections cost less as yearlings than their siblings, but they race just as well. The bacterium L. intracellularis is the causative bacterial agent for equine proliferative enteropathy (E... Read More

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Foal With Hoof Problems

January 28, 2010

Dr. Stephen O'Grady addresses a reader's question about a foal with a recently developed club foot.... Read More

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Sepsis Treatment in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 26, 2010

Sepsis is a systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) in which the whole body is in an inflammatory state due to the presence of a known or suspect bacterial infection. The evolution and future of sepsis treatment in the horse was describe... Read More

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Immunology of Foals: Environmental Effects on Immune Maturation

January 20, 2010

Newborn foals can be susceptible to many viral and bacterial infections. One example is the unique susceptibility of young foals to Rhodococcus equi, a common cause of bronchopneumonia.

Foals' increased susceptibility appe... Read More

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Neonatal Isoerythrolysis: Foal Jaundice

January 06, 2010

Neonatal isoerythrolysis (NI) is caused by an incompatibility of blood types between a mare and her foal. If a foal inherits from its sire a red cell factor (antigen) that the mare lacks, the mare may develop antibodies to that antigen. There i... Read More

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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

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World Vets Meet

January 01, 2010

The 2009 World Equine Veterinary Association Congress included discussions of Rhodococcus equi, which causes foal pneumonia; sleep disorders and seizures; guttural pouch problems; late-term abortion; and tendon sheath problems/lameness.... Read More

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Foal with Hoof Problems (Club Foot)

January 01, 2010

A veterinarian / farrier describes managing a Quarter Horse early club foot with trimming and surgery.... Read More

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Emerging Disease: Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

December 27, 2009

Equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) is an emerging intestinal disease primarily of recently weaned foals. Lawsonia intracellularis, the causative bacterium of EPE, is capable of inducing similar disease in many animal species... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Alimentando al Potro en Crecimiento

November 24, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Kee... Read More

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Giguère Receives Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Applied Equine Research Award

November 08, 2009

Steeve Giguère, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, a University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine professor and the Marguerite Thomas Hodgson Chair in Equine Studies, recently received the Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Applied... Read More

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Foal Exercise Might Prevent Future Bone Injuries

October 25, 2009

Tailored exercise programs involving habitual low-intensity loading during early development could reduce the prevalence of osteochondral injury later in life, said a group of veterinary orthopedic researchers.

According to the researchers,... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi Researcher Receives $200K Grant from USDA

September 11, 2009

David Horohov, PhD, the William Robert Mills Chair in Equine Immunology at the University of Kentucky's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, has received a $200,000 grant from the USDA-CSREES (United States Department of... Read More

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Paralyzed Foal Recovering after Surgery, Therapy

August 25, 2009

A once-paralyzed foal is now up and running about with the help of an equine "walker" following a groundbreaking surgery to remove a cyst from the spinal cord, according to the treating veterinarians in Belgium.

The Boulonnais draft horse... Read More

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Ins and Outs of Equine Lactation

July 01, 2009

Lactation is a very important function in a mare. So important, in fact, that two lives depend on it. A mare's body will sacrifice her foal's health to save her own life ... both during gestation and after foaling. In other words, you must feed her... Read More

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Foal Immune Responses after WNV Vaccination, AAEP 2008

June 21, 2009

Vaccinating 5-month-old foals with a single dose of West Nile virus chimeric vaccine in the presence of maternal antibodies to West Nile virus does induce a cell-mediated response (in the foal). ... Read More

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Articular Cartilage Maturation in Foals

June 20, 2009

During a three-year study on articular (joint) cartilage maturation, researchers at the Gluck Equine Research Center used new genetic techniques to investigate how joint cartilage changes between newborn foals and young adult horses.

It is... Read More

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R. Equi and Extrapulmonary Disorders, AAEP 2008

June 18, 2009

Rhodococcus equi bronchopneumonia is a prevalent cause of disease in foals, said M. Keith Chaffin, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, a professor of medicine at Texas A&M University's vet school, at the 2008 American Association of Equine... Read More

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Contracted Tendons and "Tippy-Toed" Foals

June 02, 2009

One of the most common deformities that equine veterinarians deal with in newborns is contracted digital flexor tendons. This might cause foals to walk on the toes of their front hooves instead of being flat footed.... Read More

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Feeding the Growing Foal

June 01, 2009

Start your foal out right to help avoid bone and tendon problems later in life. ... Read More

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Cataracts in Foals

May 23, 2009

Horses can be born with cataracts due to developmental or heritable causes--known as congenital cataracts. Foals with cataracts often present very early in life, usually at 1 to 2 months of age. Typically, the owners will notice the whiteness in... Read More

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Foal Rejection and Maternal Behavior

May 11, 2009

Foal rejection is a heartbreaking twist to an otherwise normal foaling and unless the mare has rejected a foal before, there is no way to predict if and when it will happen.... Read More

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Building Immunity

May 01, 2009

The foal’s immune system is almost a blank slate at birth; researchers are figuring out how to best protect horses as they grow.

The process of building immunity against disease-causing pathogens for a horse begins with a... Read More

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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