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Mare and Foal

Have a foal due this spring? Congratulations! There’s nothing quite like an equine youngster to add happiness, fun, and a dash of cuteness to your barn. But along with the excitement comes a big responsibility—a young foal’s early training...
My mentor and friend Dr. George Platt had been an equine vet for 43 years. I was in my third year of practice and had just confirmed a 13-hand pregnant pony had accidentally been bred to an 18-hand Belgian...
She’s pregnant,” I called triumphantly over my shoulder to my technician.She was writing down notes for me in my daybook so that I could transcribe them into my computer records that evening. “Right horn. Sixteen days. Single vesicle.”The owners,...
In 2017, 1.2 million web viewers around the world watched April the giraffe give birth on a viral live stream from the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y. That following year, horse lovers had the chance to await the...
Here is a story about breech dystocia from an experience with a fellow veterinarian:I was driving as fast as I dared. The roads were wet and slippery, and I could feel my tires lose and regain their grip on...
It is important to know how old you can breed your mare until. Read on to find out how old your broodmare can be.Q: I have a wonderful riding pony that I am thinking about breeding, but I'm afraid...
Okay, so you have assembled a fabulous foaling kit that contains everything you need to welcome your new little equine into the world. You’ve got everything from disposable gloves and a small blanket to scissors and a cell phone....
On any given day, the average equine veterinarian may see and treat a variety of conditions, illnesses and injuries—and those are just the scheduled cases. When the cell phone rings with an emergency call, there’s no telling what kind...
You’ve waited 11 long months for your mare to produce a healthy, vibrant foal. You have painstakingly ensured that she has had the right feed, the right vaccinations and the best pre-natal care available.Now what? Here’s what to expect...
Q: I always thought that foals had to have shots pretty early on, just like human babies. My friend says they don't need vaccinations because they get antibodies from their mother when they begin nursing. Who's right? A: You both...
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