Foaling & Foaling Problems


Foal Immunity (AAEP 2008)

December 07, 2008

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Prepare Now for January Foaling

December 02, 2008

Foals start arriving in January, so having all of the necessary equipment organized and ready to go is a project best completed in December. There are basic supplies that are important to have on hand for foaling mares. These should be in a kit or ... Read More


Colorado State Offers Foaling Short Course

November 11, 2008

A hands-on short course in foaling out mares is being offered to owners and breeders by Colorado State University's Equine Reproduction Laboratory, Jan. 16 and 17, 2009.

Unlike most "classroom-only" courses, this short course will combine... Read More


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


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


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


Foal Diseases

May 08, 2008

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Readers Respond: Night Mare

February 27, 2008

More than 1,100 readers of 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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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


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


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


Fetotomy: A Viable Option for Resolving Dystocia Caused by Nonviable Foals

August 06, 2007

Fetotomy (the vaginal removal from a mare of a dead fetus in two or more pieces) is a viable option for resolving severe dystocia (difficult birth), with better mare survival rates than those cases involving Cesarean section, according to... Read More


Breeding and Reproduction Tips

July 13, 2007

People are always looking for tips on how to do things better--particularly horse breeders looking for ways to get healthier foals. Benjamin Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT, a practitioner from San Antonio, offered insight on many areas of equine reproduction... Read More


Repro Updates

March 23, 2007

Equine reproduction was covered at the 2006 AAEP Convention including foaling, venereal disease, breeding, etc... Read More


Postpartum Complications in the Mare

February 01, 2007

If your mare experiences complications following foaling, it's important to note when they arise, said Walter Zent, DVM, a veterinarian at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., in his presentation at the 2006 Hagyard Bluegrass... Read More


Predicting Mare Delivery Dates: The Eyes Have It

August 03, 2006

Thanks to a University of Pennsylvania study, owners of small ponies can now predict their pregnant mares' delivery dates simply by looking into their unborn foals' eyes. During a two-year project, researchers in the university's School of... Read More


Information on Inducing Labor

August 01, 2006

I am searching for information or articles on induced parturition (labor). Is there any information published on this topic?... Read More


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


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


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


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


Foaling a Premature Foal

April 28, 2005

Normal gestation in a mare lasts anywhere from 320 to 360 days. The average is about 341 days. A foal born at less than 320 days will display immature characteristics such as silky hair coat, overly pliable ears, weak or lax flexor tendons, and... Read More


AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Milne Lecture (Foals)

March 03, 2005

The Frank J. Milne Lecture was presented by Peter Rossdale, OBE, MA, PhD, Dr. (h.c.) Berne, Dr. (h.c.) Edinburgh, DESM, FACVSc, FRCVS. The title of his talk was "The Maladjusted Foal: Influences of Intrauterine Growth Retardation and Birth... Read More


Placenta Assessment and Examination

February 14, 2005

The examination of a well-preserved placenta adds value to a post-partum checkup. "What clients can do to help us is the timeliness of placental examination," he added. "There is little you can draw from a placenta that has been exhumed from beneath... Read More