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Preparing Mares for Foaling

The end of one year and the beginning of another is an exciting time for many breeders, as it likely marks the last trimester of their mares’ pregnancies. Due to the rapid changes that occur in the last few months

What Every Stallion Owner Should Know

Since the dawn of artificial insemination with cooled, shipped equine semen, managing active breeding stallions has never been more timeline-specific and labor-intensive for the breeding owner/manager. This is why telling stallion managers there is yet something else to worry about

Vaccine Reactions

Vaccination is a vital part of caring for horses and, while most vaccines do not cause problems, side effects can occur. The most common include general malaise, body aches, and a slight fever 24-48 hours after administration. Necks can be

Five Tips For Feeding Weanlings

Young P.R.E. horses are considered weanlings from the time they’re separated from their mothers until one year of age. This is a critical time in the young horse’s life, and nutrition plays an important part. Here are five important points

Pre-Purchase Exams – Don’t Forget the Eyes

Clean legs ? Check. Healthy heart ? Check. Strong back ? Check. But before you sign the papers for your new horse, don’t forget to have your veterinarian look the horse in the eye. “An important yet commonly overlooked portion

Horses Require More Care When Temperatures Plummet

The next few days will bring freezing weather to many parts of the country, and with that comes the need for extra care and attention for horses, donkeys, ponies, mules, and any other outdoor animals. As the temperatures decrease, a

Causes of Joint Trauma in Young Horses

The joint abnormalities grouped under the term osteochondrosis can be caused by one or more factors including genetic predisposition, unbalanced nutrition, mechanical forces, and an uneven growth pattern in young horses. Osteochondrosis involves various defects in the way joint cartilage

Nursing Mares on Pasture May Not Need Grain

Broodmares that are nursing a foal are “eating for two,” or maybe even “eating for three” if they have been successfully rebred. Mares in early pregnancy don’t actually have an increased energy requirement related to development of the fetus, but the production

Stallion Semen Tests

Because breeding is a business, having a veterinarian evaluate your stallion’s semen to determine his fertility (or lack thereof) is a key component of a breeding soundness examination. But semen evaluations are not always black and white, and there are

West Nile Virus Reported Nationwide

According to preliminary data released September 5th 2013 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Health Monitoring and Surveillance, 64 cases of WNV have been confirmed in 23 states thus far in 2013. Some recently confirmed cases include: California As

Twelve Signs of Good Equine Health

You know your horse better than anyone—what behavior is “normal” and when something’s not quite right. There are also certain parameters you can monitor to keep tabs on his health. Knowing these normal resting (adult horse) values can help you

Horse Cloning Lawsuit Heads to Court

A lawsuit challenging American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) rules preventing cloned horses from being registered is headed to court this week. Some owners have used the cloning process—which was first performed on horses in 2003—to preserve their animals’ bloodlines, particularly