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Foal color changes

Foal Care
May 16th, 2022

We have received some great questions the past few days about color changes in foals, prompted by both Repeta 22 and Floripa 22. This video from Godolphin provides information on some indicators of gray in a foal born bay or chestnut. 

First 24 hours and beyond

Foal Care
May 12th, 2022

Foal Patrol congratulates Floripa and Old Tavern Farm on the arrival of Floripa's new foal last night. In this Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital podcast, Dr. Kate Christie, along with Dr. Peter Morresey and Dr. Bart Barber, walk through the milestones of the first 30 days of a foal's life. They also overview preparation for the arrival, highlight signs to watch for, and discuss what steps can be taken during the first 24 hours. A big thanks to Rood & Riddle for sharing this resource with us!

Basics of foal handling

Foal Care
May 4th, 2022

In response to a viewer's question about the basics of foal handling, this online resource provides practical tips for establishing a safe foundation with consistent training techniques. 

The newborn foal

Foal Care
April 27th, 2022

We had a 13-year-old viewer reach out yesterday wanting to learn more about the signs of a healthy newborn foal. This resource, by Deidre Carson and Sidney Ricketts, gives a nice overview of some indications of health to look for in a newborn and guidance on what to do if you have concerns. It is important to work with your horse veterinarian to monitor mare and foal health. Be sure to contact your vet with any concerns.  

Foal fetal development

Foal Care
April 22nd, 2022

In response to a viewer's question about foal fetal development, this online resource by Yvonne Buis-Franken provides a brief summary of developmental benchmarks of the foal fetus in the womb, with an emphasis on early fetal development.