Breeding

How to Care for Your New Foal

By Mark Andrews, DVM - You have waited eleven months for your foal to arrive. Now he is here what can you do to ensure he gets off to the best possible start in life? First thing's first. Make sure that the foal sucks. A normal foal should stand and drink from the mare within two hours. If the foal is having difficulty sucking, or is not interested, he may have serious problems. Call an experienced horse vet sooner rather than later.

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By Juan C. Samper, DVM - Endometritis, which is the inflammation (swelling and irritation) of the uterus, is the main reason for mares not becoming pregnant. This inflammation can be acute or it can be chronic; in other words, this inflammation could be something that is occurring for the first time or it could be a problem that has been going on for a long time.

Colostrum for Foals: The Magic Milk

Winter snow may still blanket the ground, but foaling season will be here before we know it. If you have a pregnant mare in your barn, plan ahead to collect and freeze some of her colostrum — that all-important first milk — so you have it on hand if a foal is born without access to this essential liquid.

The Pregnant Mare: Nutrition for the Final Three Months

During the first eight months of pregnancy, a mare may be fed like any other horse, with a balanced, high quality diet. But things are changing rapidly during the final three months of pregnancy: The mare now requires more calories, more protein, more omega 3s, and balanced vitamins and minerals, not only for the unborn foal but also to prepare for milk production.

Foal Imprinting with Pat Parelli

With Pat Parelli - Although many owners don’t realize it, a horse’s future mental and emotional health can be impacted by the experiences he has during his first few hours of life. Pat Parelli strongly believes that positive contact with a human immediately after birth sets a newborn foal up for a lifetime of partnership and training success.

Body Scoring for Broodmares

By Kentucky Equine Research - Since the mid-1980s, nutritionists, farm managers, veterinarians, and animal welfare workers have employed a universal method of measuring weight and fat distribution developed by Dr. Henneke. This process, called body condition scoring, has become a valuable management tool on breeding farms worldwide.

Maximizing Stallion Fertility

By Debra Ottier - An understanding of the behavioural patterns, limitations, and basic needs of a stallion is necessary to comprehend why some stallions are not able to settle all the mares they breed. In many cases, what can make one stallion more fertile than another comes down to management, although inherent fertility certainly plays a large role as well.

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