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A young foal is a lot like a child. They’re both a wonderful thing and an expensive long-term commitment that requires a lot of work to succeed.

Considerations before breeding a horse

Horse Health: This is not a project that should be simply taken on at an impulse — it requires planning, patience and commitment

Foals are adorable and the idea of raising a foal can be tempting – very tempting. The reasons why owners breed a horse is often a combination of emotional gratification, performance expectations and economic gain. Yet none of these outcomes are “for certain” and so the eventual outcome of the foal as it becomes an

A nursing foal relies on its own mother, Mother Nature and its human caretakers to ensure good health.

Care of the nursing foal

Horse Health: Mother Nature, their own mother and human caretakers all have a profound effect on the wellness of young horses

From the time a foal is a week old and healthy until it is weaned, its physical, mental and emotional development is influenced by many caretakers. Mother Nature and Mother Horse are the foal’s primary caretakers, however, human caretakers can also have a substantial influence on the foal’s development. Many events that occur in the


Keeping a wary eye on a young foal will ensure the animal is getting a good start to life.

A 10-point checklist for the newborn foal

Horse Health: Tick the boxes to ensure your young foal is meeting developmental milestones and has no major issues

Recognizing healthy behaviour and development of the newborn foal is critical to identifying when something is amiss. Initial stages of illness in young foals are subtle and unfortunately can be easily overlooked. Therefore a checklist of 10 relevant questions can be a valuable resource when evaluating the newborn foal. Each question represents a significant milestone

What to expect when your horse is expecting

Horse Health: The majority of mares foals between dusk and dawn

Foaling is a remarkable process that few owners witness. They usually arrive to discover a healthy foal having already nursed and easily following alongside its dam. An uneventful foaling and a vigorous newborn foal are the natural outcome of a healthy mare with an excellent nutritional program and opportunity for plenty of movement. The duration

When a horse sustains a laceration to one of its lower limbs, the functional and cosmetic outcome is greatly improved with early veterinary intervention.

Dealing with the eight top equine emergencies

When to call the vet and what to do until he or she arrives

Most horse owners will at some time encounter an emergency. Recognizing a true veterinary emergency and knowing appropriate first aid care until the veterinarian arrives can substantially improve the equine patient’s outcome. Colic is the most common cause for emergency calls. Colic is a broad term which describes abdominal pain or “pain in the belly.”


Retained placenta in mares

The birth of a foal is a remarkable event that must unfold in an expedient manner. Expulsion of the fetal membranes or placenta is a seemingly less glamorous event than the arrival of the newborn foal, yet its well-timed release is equally important to the thriving foal. Discharge of the placenta is an extension of

Brandon to host Best of Belgian Breed event

Draft horse fans can look forward to an extra treat as the North American Belgian Championships returns July 17-21

If you didn’t get enough of the heavy horses at the recent Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, take heart, because more is on the way this summer. For the first time since 1996, the North American Belgian Championships is coming on July 17 to 21, said Brenda Hunter, secretary of the Manitoba Percheron & Belgian Club

Weaning Too Quickly Cause Aftereffects That Last A Lifetime

Weaning has a significant lifetime impact on a horse s well-being because of the nutritional, emotional, mental, physical, and social changes that occur at that time. Foals are very dependent on their mother s milk at four months of age, after which they gradually become nutritionally independent. Ideally by six months they will have made


Broodmares Are Performance Horses Too – for Mar. 17, 2011

The mental and physical health of a foal is strongly linked to the nature and nurturing of its dam. Their robustness is coupled with more than just the genetic makeup of the mare. A broodmare on a well-balanced diet in a healthy living environment is more likely to produce a well-balanced and healthy foal that