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Mare and Foal

Newborns evoke a smile and the birth of a foal is no different. Horse owners greatly anticipate the birth of a foal and are wise to prepare the mare for the birth. “On average, a mare is pregnant 340...

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Breeding season can be a stressful time for owners and horses alike. While horse owners are hustling to prepare facilities, the broodmares may be just as tense. Especially for young and maiden mares, the stress from being trailered to...

A Foal Safe Plan

There was a good reason old Aunt Edna didn’t fancy having young children come visit. Filled with enticing nooks and crannies, trinkets and breakable objects of all kinds, her home was hardly "child proof.” While you can tell a child,...
Q. I am interested in breeding my maiden mare, but am concerned about EVA. How can I ensure that the semen I use for her artificial insemination is free of this disease? A. Although equine viral arteritis (EVA) typically creates...
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, offers DNA testing for several inherited equine diseases. Before breeding a horse, it’s advisable to have it tested for the possibility that it can pass on an inherited disease....
Q. What are the potential effects of raising a young horse in a stall versus letting him grow up on acreage? A. As a precocious animal, a young horse is ready to run within hours of birth. Continual movement and...
One of the most common diseases in foals six months and younger is pneumonia. Although many different organisms can cause foal pneumonia, Rhodococcus equiis is considered the most common culprit in a severe case. According to a statement released...
The big day is just around the corner! Your long-awaited foal is about to arrive. By this time, you’ve decided where your mare will foal and have prepared the area, whether it is a stall or small paddock. If...

‘Tis the Season

Researchers in New Zealand are suggesting that a foal’s birth season may affect his development more than we think. Their study* finds that at puberty, spring-born Thoroughbred fillies and colts were older and heavier than their autumn-born counterparts. The...
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