New-born Foal Care

New-born Foal Care

The first few hours of your new-born foal’s life are critical and it is important to be able to identify those foals who may benefit from early veterinary intervention. Normal foals show a reasonably predictive pattern of behaviour after birth, and any...
Locking stifles. What does it mean?

Locking stifles. What does it mean?

The stifle is the horse’s equivalent to the human knee, and is therefore the junction between the bottom of the femur and the top of the tibia. The patella (knee cap) is a mobile structure that glides over the joint surface during locomotion, but can also be locked in...

Strong Foals. Straight Legs.

In our last bog post we reviewed the importance of strong immunity in newborn foals. Healthy foals also need strong, well conformed legs for successful growth and an ability to withstand the rigours of riding or competition. This article will describe some of the...
Strong Foals. Strong Immunity.

Strong Foals. Strong Immunity.

In Part 1 of this two-part blog on strong foals, we look at the role of strong immunity – including those mare, foal and environmental factors-that will give newborn foals the best start in life. Care of the brood mare. Good maternal nutrition and health, especially...