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Mare and Foal

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 coltWhen 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...
Mares are a polarizing group: People seem to either love them or loathe them. Because of this great divide, there are many myths and misconceptions about mares. However, top riders who have cracked the code know what it takes...
Regular hoof care is an important part of the health care routine for all horses, starting when they are young foals. If at all possible, begin handling the foal from the day he is born. From then on, make it...
Should tragedy strike, would you know how to raise an orphan foal? Learn the basics, so you’re prepared and hopefully, you’ll never find yourself in this situation. The immediate concern is nutrition. If the mare died or had to be...
Your new foal has arrived, and you are undoubtedly thrilled at the prospect of raising him to be a strong, healthy and happy horse. His well-being will take diligent effort during these first few months. Make sure you have...
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