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Foal Patrol’s Season Three Scheduled To Debut On December 27

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will debut Foal Patrol Season 3 online Dec. 27 at www.foalpatrol.com. Also, a family-friendly celebration of the new season, “Foal Patrol Kids!,” will take place at the Museum that day from 10 a.m. to noon. This open house event will feature numerous educational and entertainment initiatives […]

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Is A Synovial Infection The End Of A Horse’s Athletic Career? Not Necessarily

Infections of the synovial fluid in a horse’s joint can end an athletic career—if not their life. Drs. Danielle Crosby, Raphael Labens, Kristopher Hughes and Bryan Hilbert, with the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University in Australia, and Sharon Nielsen examined the records of 186 horses the hospital saw over a […]

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Horseplay is Serious Business For Babies

The opportunity for foals to run and play isn’t just a great way to burn off energy; play is essential for healthy bone development. New Zealand researchers Chris Rogers and Keren Dittmer of Massey University concluded that playing for foals not only immediately impacts bone, but it provides the framework for future response: Bone changes […]

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Minnesota Foal Euthanized, Diagnosed With Highly Contagious EHM

A quarantine is in place at a Clay County, Minn. facility after post-mortem tests confirmed a 6-week-old Quarter Horse foal was positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), reports the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. A veterinarian who examined the foal prior to euthanasia noted that he had a hanging lower lip, was stumbling and once […]

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Microbial Populations Change With Equine Eating Habits

The equine gastrointestinal tract contains microorganisms that help a foal grow into a healthy weanling. These microorganisms change from the time a horse is born until it is weaned, when he transitions to solid foods. Researchers set out to determine which microbial populations are healthy and which are not; they also sought to determine how […]

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Blood And Urine Found In 42,000-Year-Old Foal

Russian researchers have found a 42,000-year-old frozen foal carcass in Siberia’s Verkhoyansk region; even more impressive than the preservation of the foal was the liquid blood and urine found inside the animal. The fluids were extracted during the necropsy and it is hoped that scientists may be able to create a clone of the extinct […]

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The Dos and Don’ts Of Medicating Pregnant Mares

A veterinarian should always be involved when determining what, if any, medications a pregnant mare should receive, as few drugs have been fully evaluated for this use. However, it is suggested that many common drugs are safe for use in pregnant mares. Dr. Margo Macpherson, DVM and professor at the University of Florida’s College of […]

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Ultrasonography For Healthy Mares And Foals

Mares require veterinary care throughout pregnancy to ensure well-being. These examinations help identify potential issues, allowing owners time to make changes in management to benefit the mare and her developing foal. Examples include (1) identification of changing needs to their hoof care and (2) dietary energy modifications to ensure she is not over- or underfed during gestation, and […]

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Equine Guelph Launches Free Online Mare & Foal Care Tool

Guelph, Ontario – Equine Guelph announces its new “Mare & Foal Care Tool, a free and interactive online tool that will help users learn about reproduction in horses. The Mare & Foal Care Tool was designed and developed in partnership with PFERA, an equine reproductive biotechnology company, as a resource for horse owners and breeders. This […]

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Stable Relationships Key To Happy Horse Herds

Horses are social animals that do best in environments that offer them opportunities to interact with other horses. However, it’s important that the group of horses that are turned out together have minimal aggression to allow them to bond with one another. University of Iceland researchers Hrefna Sigurjónsdóttir and Hans Haraldsson studied 426 Icelandic horses […]

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