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Foal vaccinations

Foal Care
June 5th, 2022

In response to a viewer's question about the efficacy of vaccinations in infectious disease prevention in foals, this online resource from the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation published in an October 2020 issue of The BloodHorse outlines recent findings in foal vaccination research. 

Conformational corrections in foals

Foal Care
May 30th, 2022

We received a great question from a viewer about steps that farriers can take to address conformation issues in foals. This resource by Steve Stanley available on the American Farriers Journal summarizes a few strategies hoof-care professionals and owners can take to resolve early developmental issues. Be sure to contact your vet and farrier if you have any case-specific questions. 

Minimizing foal stress levels in the breeding shed

Foal Care
May 24th, 2022

As Floripa and her Vekoma filly head to Kentucky this weekend, where Floripa will be bred back to Violence, we think you will find this article helpful with its guidance on minimizing a foal's stress levels while the dam is being covered by a stallion. Thanks to Dr. Sue McDonnell, an applied animal behaviorist and founding head of the equine behavior program at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, and The Horse for making this Q&A available to our Foal Patrol viewers. 

Weaning and management of weanling horses

Foal Care
May 23rd, 2022

Weaned horses less than one year of age are called weanlings. During this period of transition, foals are adjusting to their lives after separation from their dams, growing rapidly, and becoming acclimated to handling and management practices that have life-long effects. 

As Traveling Tiger 22 approaches weaning later this month, this comprehensive resource available from the Extension Foundation provides information on preparing a foal to be weaned, weaning methods, and the management and care of weanling horses. 

Foal management during the pre-weaning period

Foal Care
May 17th, 2022

Traveling Tiger 22 will be weaned later this month, and we have received some questions about the period before weaning. This online resource from the Extension Foundation provides a comprehensive overview of handling, health, and feed considerations for foals as they approach this period of transition.