The term dystocia refers to an abnormal or difficult birth which occurs in approximately 10% of foalings and is more common in mares during their first foaling than in mares that have had multiple foals.
A breeding soundness exam helps prepare for the upcoming breeding season to ensure that a mare that is fertile and able to produce a healthy foal.
Dramatic physical and mental changes occur in horses as they transition from playful colt or filly stage to the adolescent stage and on to becoming a stallion or a mare.
Hundreds of mares deliver healthy foals without incident yearly, but when complications during the foaling process develop, the time can turn into a nightmare for the caretaker and the mare and foal, so having a veterinarian on call is imperative.
The condition known as patent urachus is a leakage in the area of a new foal's umbilicus and when the urachus does not seal off properly within a few days of foaling, it becomes a major concern that requires immediate medical attention.
Deciding to breed your mare is an exciting proposition. Before starting, here are some facts that you should know. Knowing the costs upfront help you make the best decision.
Sometimes we forget that geldings have all the same equipment as a stallion, save the testicles. Geldings also need periodic reproductive tract care, and are subject to many diseases and conditions of the reproductive tract.
Comprehensive and updated, this is the guide of horse, pony and other equine breed registries. Find contact information, and website links for your favorite breed here.
Learn how easy it is to install and use a video monitor for your pregnant mare. Be ready for the Big Event! Includes links to equipment manufacturers and monitoring services that are available.
Artificial insemination gives you access to the best genetic material available across town or around the world. Learn the basic techniques here and get started on improving the quality of your herd using the best stallion for your next breeding.