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Mare and Foal

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...
Throughout 2015, Dr. Lydia Gray will be answering your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet. Got a question for Dr. Gray? Send it to hc-editor@i5publishing.com and use subject line "Ask the Vet." Q: I always thought that foals had to have...

“I Was Born For This”

The Characters: "Dad” - palomino stallion "Mom” - black roan mare "Amos” - buckskin roan colt When I made plans to breed my mare, I considered all...

Should You Breed Your Mare?

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...
Q: My horse always seems to act like a stallion. He’s mouthy, acts aggressive and dominates the other horses, and the mares go into heat for him. However, there are no testicles showing, he’s never bred a mare, and...
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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