Weaning Your Foal

It tears at your heartstrings, but if you have a foal around, sooner or later you will need to make some decisions regarding weaning. In this article I’ll try and shed some light on the two main questions you may have, when you should wean and how you should go about it. The main concerns […]

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When Can Mom Go Back to Work?

QUESTION: When is it OK to start riding my mare after foaling? ANSWER: My initial response is the same as a human obstetrician’s answer would be to a patient who asks how soon she can run a marathon after having a baby: “It depends.” What was her condition before the pregnancy? Were there any foaling […]

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Twins: A Disease in Mares

Last spring, my aunt, uncle, and 10-year-old cousin Claire, waited in high anticipation for the birth of their sure-to-be prodigious foal out of their favorite mare, Babe. Unfortunately, the birth was a disappointment–two small stillborn foals. Fortunately, the mare was fine; but many times when twin pregnancies are carried that far into term, the effects […]

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The Red Bag Delivery

The big day has finally arrived. Your pregnant mare, the one you’ve been watching now for two long, nearly sleepless, weeks, is in labor. Unused adrenaline is making your knees tremble as you peer over the top of the stall door, watching her as she circles and paws the bedding nervously. Any minute, you’ll see […]

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Tales from the Crypt

Which of these commonly accepted truths on cryptorchid horses are true and which are myths? Take our test and learn the answers. Here are the facts about cryptorchidism: It’s a condition in which one or both testicles are retained in the abdomen instead of descending into the scrotum. It’s seen in all domestic animals, and […]

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Parasite Control in Foals

Devising a parasite control program for your newest arrivals can be a confusing task, especially when recommendations advise alternating the de-wormer used. "Rotating your de-wormer–not by brand but among classes of drugs–can prevent parasites from developing resistance, thus preventing development of a "superworm," explains Dr. Doug Hutchens, veterinary parasitologist formerly at the University of Illinois […]

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Normal birth (parturition) in mares

Signs of Impending LaborDuring the last month of gestation, most mares go through a false labor several times before birth. These false labors look like a mild colic. They are of short duration, about 10 minutes, and the mare is easily aroused out of them. You will know that the mare means business when her […]

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On Watch

She waddles laboriously down the barn hallway alongside you, her sides ballooning with the treasure she carries within. Barely fitting through the stall door, she manages to squeeze into the deeply bedded stall and begins to nibble her evening hay. Eager anticipation has been building over the last few weeks as you anxiously wait for […]

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Managing Those Temperamental Mares (part 1)

Is your mare possessed with a split personality? Sweet as an angel one day then more like the wicked witch of Oz the next? Many dedicated gelding owners vow to never own a mare. Their most common objection concerning mares is, "Every time they come into heat they’re impossible to work with and they’re just […]

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