Recent News for Foal Care and Problems

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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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Foal Imprinting -- Research Review

February 17, 2006

While horse owners worldwide want a simple answer to the question of whether foal imprinting works or not, it's hard to give a simple answer to what really isn't a simple question. This was the message of an imprinting research review presented... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How-To Henderson Castration Instrument

February 17, 2006

Possibly one of the most talked-about presentations at the 2005 AAEP Convention, held Dec. 3-7 in Seattle, Wash., discussed the proper usage of the power-drill-mounted Henderson castration instrument in horses. Mark Reilly, DVM, of the South... Read More

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Dealing with Dummy Foals

February 01, 2006

At first, everything seems fine: Your foal was born without incident and started nursing as he should. But two days later, the baby quit suckling and began acting strangely--wandering around and pressing his head against the stall wall. Your... Read More

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Growing Problems

February 01, 2006

Horse breeders have long known that problems can develop in the bones of young horses as they grow. The term developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) was coined in 1986 to encompass all orthopedic problems seen in the growing foal and has become... Read More

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Feeding the Growing Horse (Excerpt)

January 11, 2006

Feeding young, growing horses means providing more digestible energy and paying close attention to nutrients. ... 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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Fractured Ribs in Foals

January 01, 2006

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

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Progress in Predicting Joint Problems

December 22, 2005

Someday veterinarians might be able to take a horse's blood sample, analyze its makeup to predict his future bone and joint health, and simply prevent the problems that are likely to arise. In late 2005, 20 leading joint researchers that are likely ... Read More

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Make a Lasting Imprint

December 01, 2005

It's been 14 years since the concept of foal imprinting hit the equestrian world's collective consciousness. Since then, the notion has been marketed, written about, practiced, modified, and even studied in scientific research. In short, it's... Read More

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Joint Injury Prevention in Foals

November 29, 2005

Developmental and traumatic joint injuries are a significant problem in Thoroughbred foals. These injuries, such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and fetlock joint lesions, often require costly medical treatment or surgical repair.... Read More

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Study Compares Cost of Castration Methods

November 01, 2005

Even considering a higher rate of complications, castrations performed in the field are less expensive than sterile procedures performed in a hospital setting, according a United Kingdom study.

The study compared the intial cost and... Read More

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Vaccinations for Youngsters

November 01, 2005

Protecting tender immune systems against disease is the surest way to ensure the young horse doesn't fall victim to either temporarily uncomfortable or life-ending infections.

Even though foals receive some immunity by drinking colostru... 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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Maryland Group Selects Site for Horse Park Feasibility Study

October 10, 2005

The Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) announced today (Oct. 10) that the Naval Academy Dairy Farm located in Gambrills, Md. has been selected for the feasibility study for the Maryland Horse Park. The search for the site began in May, when... Read More

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Equine Genetic Disease: Who's At Risk?

October 01, 2005

Many DNA sequence variations are fine; they just give rise to the broad spectrum of colors, sizes, and other characteristics we see in the horse population. Some variations, however, cause problems. These might range from a genetic predisposition... Read More

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Detecting Rhodococcus equi Faster

October 01, 2005

Rhodococcus equi pnemonia is an insidious disease of foals--by the time one sees clinical signs, the pnemonia can be well advanced. Thus, tests that have greater sensitivity for R. equi are needed because they might permit... Read More

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At What Age to Shoe?

September 01, 2005

Questions involving the ifs and whens to shoe horses have been debated for years. There are those who will argue that a horse's foot should not have metal attached via nails under any circumstances, while others will opt for shoeing certain horses... Read More

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Eating Poop

August 01, 2005

Our first foal is 10 days old and has already been spotted eating manure. We have accepted the fact that eating manure is normal foal behavior and are trying to ignore it. A quick question: When should he get over this behavior? via e-mail... Read More

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Puberty in Thoroughbreds

July 01, 2005

Puberty is a transitional period for horses, from a time of reproductive immaturity to a time where sexual behavior is demonstrated and sperm is ready for release in the colt, and the filly starts to cycle. Unfortunately, very little information is... Read More

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Weaning Foals

June 01, 2005

There are many ways to wean foals, so choose a method that will work best for your horses and farm.... 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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Innovative Mare Milker

May 12, 2005

A new invention by Buck Wheeler called the Udderly EZ mare milker is helping breeding farms manage colostrum collection and the sometimes difficult task of milking a mare.

The device is a hand-held, trigger-operated pump that fits on a... Read More

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Salmonella in Horses

May 01, 2005

Salmonellosis affects humans, horses, most mammals, and birds. It can cause debilitating--and even deadly--diarrhea. Salmonella bacteria can affect both foals and adults, and they spread easily by horse-to-horse contact and by fomites... Read More

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Rhodococcus Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

May 01, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally... Read More