Breeding


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Beware The Caterpillar !!

Beware The Caterpillar !!
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Nothing is more devastating than going to the effort of getting your mare in foal , seeing that belly grow and then having your mare abort  with only a couple of months pregnancy to go.

SPORTALOOSA: Breeding a foal involves a lot of time

SPORTALOOSA: Breeding a foal involves a lot of time
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Breeding a foal involves a lot of time, money and long term commitment. Breeders have a moral responsibility to ensure the best future for the young horse brought into the world, which means breeding quality to begin with.

The Arrival of a Newborn Foal

The Arrival of a Newborn Foal
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It is the time of the year again as we approach foaling season. In most cases (over 95%) the event goes as planned. The following is some suggestions on foaling difficulties, how to assist and when to call for help.

Precautions with Fast Growing Foals

Precautions with Fast Growing Foals
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Each year we discuss the problems associated with fast growing, tall foals. This year we are either late in doing so or the foals are growing really fast. We are already seeing foals with the early signs.

Equine Herpes Virus Abortion

Equine Herpes Virus Abortion
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There are many factors that can cause abortion in mares. Non-infectious causes are more common than infectious causes of abortion. Problems associated with the umbilical cord, disorders of the placenta, disorders of the foetus, twins, stress and trauma are examples of non-infectious causes of abortion.

Early Trimming of the Foal

Early Trimming of the Foal
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During the first year of the foal’s life it will grow to over 90% of its mature height. Considering it is starting at only about nine hands tall (36 inches), and can reach fourteen hands or better within a year, this is a big change for the support structure of the foal.