Usually a mare’s udder will get larger, and there will be some waxing on the teats and possibly a little milk dripping (the droplets are colostrum), but our mare (LA – Lady Afleet) has suffered from mastitis at some earlier point in her life, and it has made it rather difficult to predict. They usually […]
Foaling season is now in full swing here in Indiana. All thoroughbreds have an assigned birthday of Jan 1st so many people like their foals to be born as close to this date as possible. In order to better prepare you for your new arrival, here are some tips on normal foal development and behavior […]
Yes, the stallion is usually picked for qualities he has or produces in his offspring that compliment the mare. Let’s say your mare’s family does not do well on the turf (grass races) then you would not want to breed to a grass horse. Or, she has bad feet then you would try to find […]
In the first 10 days to 2 weeks after foaling, a mare will usually go into what is called a ‘foal heat’. This is her first heat cycle after giving birth. The hormones from the mare are passed on through the milk and the foal can get diarrah or what is commonly called ‘the scourers’. […]
A mare is pregnant. When the mare is foaling, she is actually in labor and giving birth. We say, “A mare foaled” when she gives birth. The foal is the young horse after birth. The newborn male is a colt and the new born female is a filly.
We make an iodine solution, and I use it on the foals right after birth. I use Strong Tincture of Iodine 7%. We put it on their hooves and navel cord to prevent infections.