Premature Foals


The Best Defense: Maximizing Foal Immunity

Newborn foals are easy targets for every kind of bacterium, virus, and other pathogenic organism. Here are some steps you can take to maximize your foal’s immunity from gestation to weaning.

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WCVM to Pay Necropsy Fees on WFFS Cases

The University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine will cover the fee associated with the necropsy of aborted fetuses, stillbirths, or euthanized foals suspected of having Warmblood fragile foal syndrome to gather additional information about the genetic disease.

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10 IgG Resources on

Your horse needs a strong immune system to stand up to the challenges that come with living outdoors, commingling with other equids, and more. Critical to that immune system are infection-fighting proteins called antibodies (immunoglobulin G, or IgG). How much do you know about your horse’s IgG levels?

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Get Ready For Your Foal!

Do you have a foal due? Learn how to prepare your mare for foaling, care for your newborn, and spot issues early.

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Time to Thrive: Neonatal Health Concerns

Assessing the Foal and Placenta After Birth

A foal’s first hours are fragile. Here, Dr. Peter Morresey of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Kentucky, shares the early signs of trouble to look for in both the foal and its placenta. What you learn might save a foal’s life.

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Equine Life Stages: Foals

Birth to 6 months is a time of rapid change for foals. Nutrition, disease prevention, and much more are all vital to foal health. Learn how to help your young one thrive and get your questions answered during our hour-long special event!

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Great Beginnings: Foaling and Newborn Care

Your mare is in labor and your foal is on his way. But what if something goes wrong? Offer your baby a great start by listening to this live audio event covering foaling, dystocia (difficult birth), passive transfer of immunity, and neonate health.

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Foaling, also referred to as parturition, is the process of a mare giving birth to a foal. Foaling occurs approximately 338 to 345 days from the last breeding date; however, this time period can range from 320 to 365 days or more.

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