Recent News for Foal Care and Problems

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Growing Pains--Physitis

January 01, 2005

Learn about this disease in young horses that leads to enlarged, painful areas just above the knees or hocks.... 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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Jumping Evaluation of Foals

December 06, 2004

Researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands have documented a method to evaluate the jumping ability of horses as young as six months of age to see if their athleticism continues with them as they grow older.

While breeding... Read More

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Joint Supplements and Vitamins

December 01, 2004

Q: I have a 2-year-old Quarter Horse gelding who has been in training for three months. When should I start giving him a joint supplement? Also, when should I begin giving him a vitamin supplement?

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Septic Arthritis

November 10, 2004

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and... Read More

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Age-Related Parasites: Scourges of Foals and Young Horses

November 01, 2004

Editor's Note: This is part eleven of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

BY KAREN BRIGGS, WITH CRAIG REINEMEYER, DVM, PHD; DENNIS FRENCH, DVM, MS, DIPL. ABVP; AND RAY KAPLAN, DVM, PHD... 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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Champion Thoroughbred Fosters Orphaned Foal

October 13, 2004

Maybe it was an overwhelming maternal instinct. Or maybe it was that headstrong, competitive spirit. Brown Bess wanted another baby. Retired from life as a broodmare, the 22-year-old champion had the roam of a grassy pasture with other pensioned... Read More

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Taming an Aggressive Foal

September 01, 2004

We recently were blessed with a healthy filly. However, the breeder we bought the mare from had her due date wrong. She came five weeks before we were expecting her. She was born in the pasture with another mare present. Th... Read More

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AAEP's Focus on Joints

August 02, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) held its annual Focus meeting on July 22-24 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., to commemorate the first gathering of the group 50 years ago at that site. A plaque was given to the hotel... Read More

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Cryptorchidectomy Surgery

August 01, 2004

My stallion is going in for a cryptorchidectomy surgery (removal of a retained testicle). He has never bred any mares and is well behaved. This spring, his testicle started swelling on hot days and my veterinarian recommended the surgery. What is...... Read More

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The Live Equine Heart: A First Look (video incl)

July 12, 2004

On July 9, a human interventional cardiologist and an equine veterinarian in Lexington, Ky., successfully completed the first step of a landmark procedure to repair a heart problem in a 5-month-old Thoroughbred foal called a ventricular septal defect... Read More

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Fatal Genetic Quarter Horse Disease Identified

June 09, 2004

Glycogen branching enzyme deficiency in Quarter Horses might cause unexplained stillbirths/deaths of foals.... Read More

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Patent Urachus

June 01, 2004

I have a 10-day-old orphaned foal. When she urinates, it also comes from her navel. I have talked to our vet, but would like to read more about this condition.              via... Read More

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Foot Care for Foals

June 01, 2004

A foal's future performance in competition, or as a pleasure riding companion, depends in large part on how his feet are cared for in the first six months of his life. ... Read More

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Too Sore to Nurse

April 01, 2004

Q: I have an 8-year-old mare which delivered a filly recently and since the second feeding, she is protective of her teat area. She is constantly nipping when the baby tries to nurse from her. Is there anything I can do to make... Read More

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Nurse Mares for Hire

March 23, 2004

It's a crisp February afternoon at Diamond A Farm near Versailles, Ky., and Emmett Davis backs his red pickup truck and trailer up to a foaling barn. Inside the trailer is a 6-year-old Rocky Mountain mare named "George." As Davis puts his truck... 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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Fever of Unknown Origin in the Foal

March 11, 2004

"Take an organized approach to elucidate causes of fever of unknown origin in the foal," said Robert Franklin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia, during the Western Veterinary Conference held February... Read More

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Neonatal Ultrasonography

March 09, 2004

Using ultrasound to diagnose problems in the horse is not a new concept, but it is not as often used in foals as it is in mares. Rob Franklin, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, of the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia, discussed... Read More

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Diseases of Dietary Origin

March 01, 2004

The axiom, "You are what you eat" does have relevance to horses with regard to health and well-being. Although horses have evolved to eat plant material, not all plants are safe to eat. Some food substances directly exert toxic effects, while... Read More

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Foal Care When There Are Problems

March 01, 2004

If a new foal develops a problem requiring surgery, time is of the essence, said Rolf Embertson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. The time from recognition of abdominal pain to arrival of the foal at the clinic, evaluation for sur... Read More