Recent News for Foal Care and Problems

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Foal Hoof Care

October 18, 2001

Among the many factors that determine the success of a foal as a sales yearling or as a mature athlete are management decisions about its feet and limbs during its first four months of life. Because a solid foundation for performance in the... Read More

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Caesarean Sections

October 16, 2001

When your favorite basketball team is leading by a point and the clock is ticking down to the final seconds with your team in possession, time seems to move at a snail's pace. Not so when your favorite mare is in labor and can't seem to deliver ... Read More

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Rotavirus Vaccine

October 16, 2001

Researchers looked at healthy and sick foals and also checked mares at foaling and two days after foaling to see if the mares were shedding the rotavirus into the environment where the foals could pick it up.... Read More

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Colostrum: Nothing Better Than Mother's Milk

October 16, 2001

There might be ongoing debate as to the value of a woman's colostrum versus commercial colostrum products, but for a foal, nothing is better than a mare's milk. Colostrum is specialized milk secreted during the first 24 hours following birth and... Read More

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Evaluating Placentas Can Pinpoint Potential Problems

October 16, 2001

Although common knowledge among veterinarians, few horse owners know that the condition of a mare's placenta following birth is a useful barometer for gauging the health of a newborn foal. If the placenta appears abnormal, the foal could be at... Read More

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Without Warning: Dystocia

October 16, 2001

Eleven months is a long time to wait for the birth of a foal. Even with the best of care, things can go wrong and interrupt the normal development of the fetus and/or compromise the health of the mare.

When the day (or as is often the case,... Read More

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Foal Rejection

October 11, 2001

To understand why foal rejection occurs and how to prevent it, you must first realize what is normal post-foaling maternal behavior.... Read More

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Preparing for Foaling

October 11, 2001

This article will describe procedures that should be done before foaling, the events that take place just prior to foaling, what events take place during a normal foaling--along with the normal post-foaling events--and will describe some of... Read More

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Hemorrhage in the Broodmare

October 11, 2001

A mare is at the greatest risk of a deadly complication associated with foaling known as hemorrhage in the 24-48 hours after giving birth. However, it is important to note that hemorrhage can occur at any time during gestation, and that it shoul... Read More

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Combined Immunodefiency in Arabians

October 09, 2001

A newborn Arabian foal is possibly one of the most beguiling creatures on Earth. Elegant of feature and blessed with beauty, he's full of promise for the future--and often descended of royal blood and worth many thousands of dollars. Imagine how... Read More

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Failure of Passive Transfer in Horses

October 08, 2001

Infectious disease is a major cause of death in neonatal foals. The foal is born immunocompetent, meaning it probably is able to initiate an immune response to organisms to which it is exposed. However, a newborn foal lacks... Read More

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AAEP 1995 Convention Roundup

October 04, 2001

A total of 2,351 equine veterinarians--a record attendance--descended on Lexington for the 41st annual American Association of Equine Practitioners convention. Committee business dominated the day on Dec. 2, with 21 of the association's 40... Read More

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Breeding Facilities

October 03, 2001

Any way you look at it, building a barn is a major undertaking. Doing it right the first time, to avoid headaches later, is the smart approach. In addition to the usual considerations of location, aesthetics, cost, and... Read More

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Wry Nose in Horses?

October 01, 2001

I would like information on wry nose (laterally deviated rostral maxilla). I had a foal born with it and never heard of it before then. I would like to know what causes it and any other information about this condition. Also, how common is it... Read More

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Are You My Mother?: Maternal Behavior

September 12, 2001

Anyone who has witnessed a foal's first few minutes in this world might agree that one of the most miraculous parts of the process is the way a mare greets and bonds with her newborn. With a deep sniff at the baby's nostrils, that distinctive... Read More

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Stifle Problems

September 01, 2001

It doesn't take much to spot a stifle problem: The telltale swelling in the stifle area is a big hint.... Read More

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Equine Nutrition Education

July 01, 2001

A wide variety of equine nutritional topics was covered at the fourth annual Alltech Equine School April 25-28 in Lexington, Ky., sponsored by Alltech, a feed ingredient company in Nicholasville, Ky. Among the speakers was Harold Hintz, BS, PhD,... Read More

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Deadly Spring Syndromes

July 01, 2001

Good news travels fast in the horse business; bad news travels even faster. In the case of an outbreak of mysterious early fetal loss and late-gestation foal loss, cooperation and quick sharing of information served to help researchers... Read More

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Administering Foal Enemas

June 01, 2001

With a newborn foal, you observe a checklist of progressive behaviors: Regular breaths, ears up, standing, and nursing. Once the foal has survived these adjustments to life after birth, you're tempted to sigh with relief (and go back to bed!).... Read More

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Lives In The Balance--Botulism

June 01, 2001

Botulism, an often-deadly disease in foals, can be prevented easily and inexpensively with proper management. Botulism is a familiar term to most of us as a disease that humans get from eating improperly preserved food. In horses, botulism cause... Read More

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Mare Savages Foal

June 01, 2001

Mares which unpredictably savage a foal in this manner typically savage again if given the opportunity, either with a surviving target foal or with subsequent foals.... Read More

Straw, the byproduct of grain production, is economical horse bedding. While it’s not as absorbent as other options, straw is often recommended for foaling stalls because it won’t stick to wet newborns.

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Equine Reproduction--The Essential Elements

June 01, 2001

Learn the basics of reproduction in the horse and how to use them to you the best results.... Read More

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Young Foal Exercise

June 01, 2001

 When do I start my foal on an exercise program? My champion show jumper just gave birth to a foal a couple of weeks ago, and I want to give him every advantage possible since I have plans for him to be m... Read More

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Elective Cesarean Sections: Who Needs Them?

May 01, 2001

Many horse breeders and owners are familiar with the circumstances that necessitate an emergency cesarean section. Those circumstances involve the mare and/or unborn foal being in imminent danger due to birthing difficulties (also known as... Read More

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Feeding Young Horses: It's Not the Protein

May 01, 2001

Genetics, exercise, and nutrition all play a role in the occurrence of developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) in young horses. There are, however, conflicting theories regarding the role of each. Breeds selected for rapid growth are at an... Read More