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Mare and Foal

This article was originally posted on August 21, 2012. Q: I have a wonderful riding pony that I am thinking about breeding, but I'm afraid she might be too old. She's 20 years old, but has always been healthy. I...
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....
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...
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...
The Characters: "Dad” - palomino stallion "Mom” - black roan mare "Amos” - buckskin roan colt When I made plans to breed my mare, I considered all the important things, like the temperaments of Mom and Dad, their conformation, breed...
As the days slowly being to lengthen and we observe slight hints that spring will eventually emerge, our mares begin to notice the seasonal shift as well. Mares are seasonal ovulators, their hormones in tune with the minute shifts...
Many photos of mares and foals in books and magazines present idyllic scenes of horses in pasture settings, blessed with plenty of green grass and sunshine. If your current environment more closely resembles Siberia, you know such settings are...
Sooner or later, it’s got to happen. Separating mama and baby always causes some level of stress, but when it’s time to wean, there are definitely things you can do to make it easier—and safer—for all involved. Of course, you...
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