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.
Rub it in like a brace on the skin. Massage, massage and massage—the time spent rubbing is just as important as the product. My grandma set an egg timer for each leg and you had better stay on that leg until the bell rang!
I have used it daily on many horses. No, it is actually very soothing and has a little bit of an oily feel to it, but it does not leave a residue and absorbs into the skin. Witch Hazel has also been used in treating acne, psoriasis and eczema. In addition, Witch Hazel is sometimes […]
Yes, it is used to dilute many leg braces, liniments and leg paints. It is much milder than alcohol.
Witch Hazel is often used to dilute other products and can be used as a mild leg brace. If I have a horse that has sensitive skin I mix 1/3 alcohol, 1/3 witch hazel and 1/3 Choate’s. I also make a leg brace with combining the same but instead of Choate’s I use Vita Oil.
Yes, some horses take cold weather better than others and they do acclimate. I think some breeds take the cold better than others. Babies, older, or sickly horses are obviously at greater risk in cold weather. Two of my horses have been in Indiana over 2 years, but both were born and raised in Florida. […]