Recent News for Foal Care and Problems

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Equine Placentitis: Common Causes and Newly Emerging Pathogens

April 15, 2008

During the past six years (Jan. 2, 2002 - Jan. 31, 2008), 1,429 cases of equine placentitis have been diagnosed at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC). Of these, 1,189 cases had an infectious agent identified.... Read More

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Broodmare Nutrition Horse Course Now Available

April 15, 2008

The second installment of TheHorse.com's Horse Course series, "Broodmare Nutrition," is now available online at TheHorse.com/HorseCourses

When creating a feeding... Read More

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Making, Placing, and Removing Transphyseal Staples

April 14, 2008

Many methods have been used to straighten crooked limbs on foals, and in the past staples placed across the "long" side's growth plate have received somewhat mixed reviews. However, some researchers suggest that this was due to poor staple choic... Read More

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Alfalfa Hay Reduces Ulcer Severity

April 02, 2008

If your horse has ulcers, giving him omeprazole isn't the only thing you can do to help reduce the severity of the problem. Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, MPH, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed a study that found alfalfa hay reduced the severity of ulcers in young, ... Read More

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Virulent Rhodococcus equi in Soil Not an Indicator of Pneumonia Problems

April 01, 2008

The amount and type of Rhodococcus equi in a farm's soil is not an indicator of an increased likelihood of having foal pneumonia cases caused by this bug, reported researchers from Texas A&M University. Additionally,... Read More

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Placental Infections Cause Majority of Premature Foal Births

March 04, 2008

Premature delivery is a devastating problem in horses since the majority of foals that are delivered before the last week of gestation die. The negative financial and emotional impact of premature delivery on horse breeders is, therefore,... Read More

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Blood Test in Young Foals Might Predict Osteochondrosis

March 02, 2008

Measurement of osteocalcin (a marker of joint metabolism) in 2-week-old foals might be useful for identifying foals at risk for developing osteochondrosis.

Osteochondrosis (OC) is a developmental orthopedic disease that results from a... Read More

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Raising a Stud Colt

March 01, 2008

I have bred my first colt this year and thus far have followed handling practices we have used on our previous two filly foals with great success. We have a beautiful Welsh Section C colt who is unafraid of most things, is very people friendly, wil... Read More

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Septicemia in Foals

March 01, 2008

Everyone is excited about the newest addition on the farm. Care of your neonate should be easy, since foals are just small horses, right? Well, not exactly--especially when it comes to certain medical conditions. For example, foals are more... Read More

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Readers Respond: Night Mare

February 27, 2008

More than 1,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How many nights annually do you spend in the barn with a sick or pregnant horse?"

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Foals', Mares' Nutritional Needs Change Over Time, Milk Study Says

February 24, 2008

The nutritional needs of mares and foals in the first six months following birth are becoming better understood following recent scientific and mathematical research in Portugal.

New curve graphs of mares' milk generated from milking sample... Read More

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Pretty as a Picture After 'Wry Nose' Surgery

February 14, 2008

Researchers modified a surgical technique to correct wry nose (an abnormal nasal deviation) in a horse.... Read More

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Readers Respond: Hold Your Horses

February 13, 2008

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you use imprinting or desensitization techniques with your foals?"

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Hands Off: New Research on Impact of Human Intervention on Foal Behavior

February 02, 2008

Human interaction with foals at a critical early developmental age appears to be a stressor, whereas positive human interaction with the dam creates a strong model for the observing foal, according to a series of ongoing research projects a... Read More

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Hitting the Road for Education

February 01, 2008

Take more than 1,000 veterinarians and veterinary students from around the globe, some armed with presentations representing thousands of hours worth of equine research, and add to it some tartan, bagpipes, and Scottish fare. Drop it all into a... Read More

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Emergency C-Section

February 01, 2008


With the right care, mare and foal can survive this critical event.

The first step in the decision to do a Caesarean section is that all other forms of help have been exhausted. Often,... Read More

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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.

The act of foaling by a mare i... Read More

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Joint Authorities--Orthopedic State of the Art (BEVA 2007)

January 15, 2008

Two veterinarians compiled the latest on equine orthopedic topics and presented it to their colleagues at the 46th British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, held in Edinburgh, Scotland... Read More

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BEVA 2007: Students Win Clinical Research Awards at BEVA

January 10, 2008

Each year at the British Equine Veterinary Association Congress (BEVA), the organization awards prizes to top student presentations in the clinical research portion of the program. The 2007 award winners’ talks were both rooted in orthopedics,... Read More

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Causes of Foal Mortality: a One-Year Snapshot

December 31, 2007

Neonatal losses are a significant problem for the equine industry. Of the 1,294 fetal, neonatal, and juvenile equine cases presented to the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center from September 2004 through August 2005, 259... Read More

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2007 Morris Animal Foundation Equine Research Wrap-Up

December 14, 2007

The results of equine research funded by the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in 2007 added to scientists' understanding of foal pneumonia, hereditary muscle disorders, laminitis, and pharmacology.

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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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Lawsonia Infections: An Emerging Problem

November 24, 2007

Over the past decade, Lawsonia intracellularis, the bacterium responsible for proliferative enteropathy (a spreading disease of the intestines), has been diagnosed with... Read More

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Woman Pleads Guilty in Horse Starvation Deaths

September 30, 2007

A former Columbia Falls, Mont., woman has pleaded guilty to one count of felony aggravated cruelty to animals for the starvation deaths of 6 horses.

Under a plea agreement, Flathead County prosecutors will recommend that 32-year-old Tina... Read More

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This Week's Guest on Talkin' Horses: Kentucky Horse Park's Director of Operations

September 04, 2007

Join Kathy Hopkins, director of equine operations at Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park, for Thursday's edition of bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" sponsored by AIRshod. Hopkins will be the guest live online at Read More