Horse Care Topics

Dummy Foal Nursing After Madigan Squeeze Procedure

By Dr. Lisanna Gallent Neonatal maladjustment syndrome (aka dummy foal syndrome) is a common disorder of foals that have mystified equine veterinarians for decades. Foals affected by this disorder seem detached from the world, often wondering aimlessly with no affinity for their mum. The most problematic symptom of this disorder is these foals’ lack of [...]

Equine Acupuncture

One of our awesome vets, Dr. Cecilia Cortina di Favria is now a certified Equine Acupuncturist (IVAS). To give you some additional treatment options for your horse, we will now be offering acupuncture services. So what is Equine acupuncture? Acupuncture involves the stimulation of precise occupants on the body and is part of one of [...]

Foaling Advice

Normal foaling: Stage I Labor:  1-6 hrs (mare heating up) Stage II Labor:  15-30 minutes (from time water breaks to foal on ground) Stage III Labor:  Placenta must be passed within 3 hrs of foaling.  Ensure placenta is intact. After foaling: Foal standing within 1 hr Foal suckling within 2-3 hr (Call vet if foal has [...]

Newborn Foal Care

It is important to know what is normal in the newborn foal so any problems can be easily identified and promptly treated. After birth, a foal should: Be standing within the first hour and becoming more active and alert over time Have a strong suckle reflex within 30 minutes and once standing should be seeking [...]

Rattles In Foals

Rattles is a serious lung disease of foals that causes pneumonia and abscess formation in the lungs causing affected foals to develop respiratory signs. Rattles is caused by the bacteria Rhododcoccus equi which can be found within the soil in widespread areas. Foals ingest or inhale the bacteria from the soil, so disease seen commonly [...]