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Mare and Foal

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...

Hoof Care for Foals

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...
Young horses don’t have it easy. New homes, new herd mates, new careers and new routines. On top of constant changes, they have an immature immune system, which can create the perfect opportunity for an infectious respiratory disease to...
A young horse out on pasture achieves many benefits. He learns how to move his gangly frame, becoming agile and coordinated as he frolics in open spaces, particularly when he has other young buddies to run with. While young...
You’ve spent many months planning and waiting for your new foal. It’s important that you take steps to protect him during his first year of life with vaccinations that can keep him healthy and even save his life. At one...
Photo: Cheryl Winters Richard Winters, a longtime clinician and 2009 champion of the Road to the Horse colt-starting competition, believes a foal should be comfortable while standing tied by the time he's a weanling, but this should be taught in...
Q: I have a 2-year-old mini stud with a left hind leg that locks up on him at times. If we walk him backwards, it lets go and he walks and runs fine. The vet diagnosed him with floating...
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