Recent News for Foal Care and Problems

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Researchers: Mare's Condition Appears to Impact Sex of Foal

October 18, 2008

A recent study of wild horses in New Zealand has found that broodmares that are healthiest at the time of conception are more likely to have colts.

The study, conducted by researchers Elissa Cameron, MSc, PhD, and Wayne Linklater, PhD, foun... Read More

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Foal's Playfulness a Reflection of Gender, Mare's Condition

October 16, 2008

The body condition of a mare and the sex of her foal will determine how much the foal plays, according to a new study by researchers at the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The group, led by Elissa... Read More

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Genetics of Contracted Foal Syndrome

October 05, 2008

When a foal is born with limb contractures preventing it from standing or walking normally, it is said to have contractures, or contracted foal syndrome (CFS). ... Read More

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Emerging Pathogen Lawsonia Detailed in New Study

October 03, 2008

Lawsonia intracellularis is known to be the causative agent of proliferative enteropathy (a spreading disease involving the intestines) in horses and is an important emerging... Read More

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Imprint-Trained Trotting Filly Passes $1 Million Mark

September 21, 2008

Buck I St. Pat has been trotting along the road to glory since she was two days old.

That was the first time that breeder Ron Fuller, DVM, hooked the Standardbred filly to an old goat cart and let her pull it around. "They'll follow their... Read More

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New Species of Bacteria Common in Foals

September 09, 2008

A recent addition to a family of bacteria generally associated with human stomach problems could play a part in causing intestinal upset in foals, say Belgian researchers who have found that a disproportionate amount of foals have the bug in their... Read More

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Equine Nutrition With No Grain

August 26, 2008

A three-year study by nutritionist Sarah Ralston, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVN, of Rutgers University in New Jersey, and her collaborators involved feeding draft cross weanlings and yearlings total mixed rations (TMRs) that contained processed forages, ... Read More

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Paraplegic Foal Update: Lucky as a Long Yearling

August 22, 2008

Lucky isn't completely back to normal, but he's close enough that his owners are happy with the result.... Read More

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Tracking Young Horse Reactions on Different Feeds

August 22, 2008

Young horses might be easier to train if they temporarily lay off the sweets, according to a study. ... Read More

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Learning Lawsonia's Habits: High Exposure Rates, Low Morbidity

July 28, 2008

It appears most young foals born on farms with endemic Lawsonia intracellularis could be protected from equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE), a spreading intestinal disease caused by the bacterium, provided they ingest colostrum containing... Read More

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House Leader Opposes Proposal to Euthanize Wild Horses

July 13, 2008

A House leader has come out against a federal proposal to euthanize wild horses and asked a federal agency to delay a decision on the animals' fate.

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, urged the U.S.... Read More

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Castration Technique Could Reduce Complications

June 30, 2008

A new sterilization technique that leaves a stallion's testicles in place but nonfunctioning might provide a safe, simple, and reliable alternative to traditional castration methods, according to Iranian researchers.

In the... Read More

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Risk Factors for Atypical Myopathy

June 07, 2008

Aggressive research efforts by Belgian veterinarians have culminated in the identification of numerous indicators or factors--including horse management and pasture characteristics--associated with atypical myopathy, a rapidly developing and fatal di... Read More

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Targeting Foal Disease (Free Online Horse Course video)

May 29, 2008

Vets discuss the varied causes of foal mortality, current recommendations for preventing disease, and breaking research information on foal vaccination and immunity.... Read More

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Perinatology: End of Pregnancy Through Beginning of Life

May 25, 2008

Traditionally, one of the stronger parts of each AAEP convention program is the time devoted to reproduction. The convention held in Orlando was no exception. It began with an in-depth session titled "Perinatology--End of Pregnancy Through... Read More

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Got Milk? Central Kentucky Colostrum Bank in Need

May 21, 2008

Veterinarians with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., have put out a call for colostrum donations as their supply has dwindled in the midst of foaling season.

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MRLS: Caterpillar Population Up Sharply from 2007

May 09, 2008

Experts with the University of Kentucky (UK) report that Eastern tent caterpillars are now wandering in the area, and population levels are among the highest they've seen since the 2001, when mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) hit Central... Read More

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Umbilical Issues

May 01, 2008

Q: My 11-day-old Walking Horse stud colt came down with tetanus, which was apparently contracted through his umbilical cord. His cord was leaking urine. When should a colt be vaccinated for tetanus to prevent this, and does a... Read More

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Azithromycin Protects Foals Against R. equi in New Study

April 22, 2008

Texas A&M researchers have discovered they can reduce the incidence of foal pneumonia caused by Rhodococcus equi by giving the antimicrobial drug azithromycin during foals' first two weeks of life.

Rhodococcus equi (R.... Read More

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Nutritional Support for Sick Neonatal Foals

April 18, 2008

Many factors need to be considered--a foal's energy requirements, his ability to digest and metabolize nutrients, the changing quality of the mare's milk, and the ability to monitor the sick foal.... Read More

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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