The Orphan Foal - How to Achieve a Positive Outcome

March 05, 2017

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

Managing and Feeding the Orphaned Foal - Shep Laying Down What will you do in the event you are left to manage an orphaned foal? No one wants to think about such a scenario but it's best to consider all possible outcomes so you are prepared if the unthinkable happens.  This includes knowing how to provide the orphaned foal with colostrum, locate a nurse mare, etc. 

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Grafting an Orphaned Foal onto a Lactation Induced Recipient Mare

April 28, 2016

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

Grafting an Orphan Foal onto a Lactation Induced Recipient Mare_foals nursing In our last newsletter we featured an article entitled Introducing a Nurse Mare to an Orphaned Foal. We discussed where you may look to find a nurse mare should you find yourself with an orphaned foal and how to go about introducing them to one another. However, there is an alternative option to a nurse mare which was not covered in this article, grafting a foal onto a recipient mare which has been induced into lactating. It just so happened that a week after our last newsletter was sent out we were faced with finding a nurse mare for two orphaned foals (pictured left with their new moms) which were admitted to our mare services division. We wish to highlight our recent success stories and share this alternative option with you.

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Introducing A Nurse Mare to an Orphaned Foal

March 31, 2016

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

Mare and FoalThe arrival of a foal is always an exciting time regardless of whether you have a large breeding farm or just one mare to foal out. What happens when an emergency arises and you find yourself with a very young orphan foal that needs milk? Problems that may arise include: the mare dies during or soon after foaling, the mare colics or has other health issues which require emergency intervention, the mare rejects the foal, and/or the mare does not produce enough milk or “dries up.” There is always the option of bottle feeding these foals but this is a very time consuming process and the foal could tend to be more socialized towards humans than horses. These unfortunate circumstances are the perfect time to consider a nurse mare who can be brought in to adopt and raise the orphaned foal.

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The Abnormal Foaling...What Can Go Wrong?

February 25, 2016

Posted by Dr. Richard Giacopuzzi in Mare Management

foaling mare You bred your mare almost a year ago, 340 days to be exact, and have been waiting patiently. You have given her all of her pre-foaling vaccinations, adjusted her diet, and prepared a warm, well bedded stall. Everything is just right! So what can possibly go wrong? Well, most likely nothing. Mares foal uneventfully about 90% of the time, but when things do go south, they do so very quickly. So every mare owner needs to be prepared for the potential circumstance when things do go wrong.

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Preparing for Foaling Season

January 30, 2016

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

6666 Ranch_Mare and Foal It comes around the same time every year…Foaling Season! Nearly one year ago you bred your mare. Ever since the 14-day pregnancy check you have anxiously awaited the arrival of your new foal. Our library of news and blog articles can be a great resource for the new or experienced breeder, whether you have one mare or stallion, or manage the operations of a larger breeding farm. Here we will review our articles which encompass pregnant and foaling mares as well as foaling and foal care. We cover the topics of breeding mares and stallions as well as their nutritional considerations in Are Your Ready for Breeding Season.

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The History of the Frozen Semen Two-Dose Timed Insemination Protocol

January 07, 2016

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

The History of the Timed Insemination Protocol - Ultrasound The use of the two-dose timed insemination protocol allows veterinarians the flexibility to examine mares once daily during normal hours without compromising fertility but while reducing management costs for the mare owner. This is the main reason why this protocol was developed by Dr. Sandro Barbacini of SBS Italia. Prior to developing this protocol most veterinarians would ultrasound mares every three to four hours in order to inseminate them with frozen semen as close to ovulation as possible. However, such a protocol is not only exhausting for the veterinarian but can also be a financial burden for the mare owner. In this article we will review the history of the two-dose timed insemination protocol, why it was developed, and discuss how it’s use can help with your breeding program.

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Riding the Pregnant Mare

October 30, 2015

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

Riding Pregnant Mares_Woman and Horse Cropped Knowing when to stop riding your pregnant broodmare can be a debatable topic. This article will review recommended time points yet, like an individual person, each broodmare has independent feelings and each pregnancy can be different for a particular broodmare. There are noticeable signs your broodmare may be showing you she is uncomfortable or physically unable to do certain movements you ask of her when riding. It is always recommended that you consult your veterinarian when deciding the best plan of action regarding riding your broodmare and how strenuous the activity should be.

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Balancing the Show and Breeding Careers of an Embryo Transfer Donor Mare

May 30, 2015

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

ET Donor Mare_Close Up O'Rourke When one thinks of a broodmare they may think she is retired from the show ring and living out her days, pregnant in a pasture. However, with the implementation of embryo transfer (ET) in the horse breeding industry it is possible for a mare to produce several offspring in a given breeding season while continuing in competition. We recently published an article about Balancing a Stallion’s Life in the Breeding Shed with Competing in the Show Ring. Now it’s time to consider what goes into balancing the show and breeding career of an ET donor mare. In this article we will discuss reasons an owner may choose to breed their show mare and what to consider when determining if this is a path you wish to travel.

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Is Deep Horn Insemination Beneficial When Breeding With Equine Frozen Semen?

May 02, 2015

Posted by Dr. Ed Squires in Mare Management

Site of Insemination - Mare and FoalThere have been many changes in how we produce foals from our broodmares in the past few decades: cooled semen, frozen semen, embryo transfer, frozen embryos, etc. One procedure that has gained popularity is deep horn insemination. This refers to placing the semen deep in the uterine horn, close to the opening of the oviduct (uterotubal junction, UTJ) on the side of ovulation instead of depositing it in the uterine body. This is typically done using a flexible pipette that can be guided to the tip of the horn with the other hand in the rectum. The end of the pipette and the tip of the uterine horn can both be felt using this method.

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Product Review - Foaling Alarms and Mare Milk Test Kits

January 03, 2015

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

foaling mareThe weeks and days leading up to foaling can be exciting and stressful, filled with sleepless nights and middle of the night trips to the barn. Several technologies exist to assist in predicting when parturition is eminent. These devices, which include foaling monitors and milk test kits, may help take some of the anxiety out of the situation.

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New Alternative to Putting Your Mare Under Lights

October 31, 2014

Posted by Dr. Jerry Longworth in Mare Management

Equilume mask - closeup It has long been a goal for equine breeders to produce foals born as early in the year as possible. Foals born early in the year have a distinct economic advantage for breeders. However, Mother Nature, has a different plan.

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Colic in the Broodmare

September 08, 2014

Posted by Dr. David Scofield in Mare Management

mares and foals Colic is usually a word that brings to mind fussy sick newborn children, sleepless nights, and sleep-deprived parents, unless you are a horse owner. Many horse owners live in fear of finding their horses in an episode of colic. Fortunately, many bouts of gastro-intestinal pain are mild, easily treated, or easily managed on the farm or with a visit from your veterinary professional. More serious episodes could be much more in depth, require extended medical therapy and possibly abdominal surgery. No episode of colic should be taken lightly and often times, intervention by your veterinary team can help prevent escalation of the pain and disease in the horse. In cases of serious colic, swift intervention can positively affect the outcome of prolonged hospitalization or surgical repair.

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Preparation for Foaling

February 19, 2013

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

foaling mareWhen your mare has made it to 320 days of pregnancy you are in the home stretch and soon will be the proud owner of a newborn foal. Are you ready? While labor and delivery are certainly a significant event, generally all will go off without a hitch and more likely than not, you will need only to be a quiet spectator. It is usually best to allow the mare’s natural instinct and abilities handle the delivery however, your presence is important in the event of trouble or an emergency; if it appears that your mare is in distress during her foaling, call your veterinarian for assistance. Being knowledgeable of normal labor and delivery will allow for quick action and recognition if abnormal events should occur. There are also a few things to keep in mind in the weeks leading up to her due date that will aid in making for a safe and memorable foaling for you and your equine companions. Here we review pre-foaling plans and provide a supply list for your foaling kit.

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Care and Vaccination of the Pregnant Mare

September 18, 2012

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

Pregnant mareNow that your mare is safely checked in foal, the next step in the journey begins. It is time to plan ahead to ensure you have all your ducks in a row with regard to the care and management of your pregnant mare and for welcoming the arrival of your foal. Firstly, where will your mare foal out? If she is to foal out at home it is assumed you have a suitable foaling stall, a pasture with shelter and safe fencing to house the mare and her foal. Start to compile your foaling kit, emergency plans and contacts, secure a source of colostrum and research options for nurse mares. Of course we all hope for a normal, successful delivery, but we have to be prepared for worst case scenarios. If the unexpected happens at such an emotional time, having a plan in place will alleviate stress and save time when tough decisions have to be made. If your mare will foal out at another facility she should be moved at least 30 days prior to foaling so she can build up immunity to her new environment.

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Mare Owners: Minimize Stress and Promote Success by being Prepared for Breeding Season

May 22, 2012

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

mare and foalBreeding your mare is a big decision and the prospect can seem quite overwhelming - there is so much to research, organize and plan for as well as many different people to coordinate with. To make this process as stress free as possible, for everyone involved, it pays to be organized. The planning process will be a lot more enjoyable and exciting when you have everything lined up and are not surprised or caught off guard by any unexpected fees, decisions or situations. Here are some suggestions for how you can be more organized.

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Please Note - photos used in these news articles are available in the public domain, have been purchased through istockphoto or (when referencing breeders or horses) have been submitted to Select Breeders Services Inc. by the breeding farm or horse owner. Photo credit has been provided where applicable. If at anytime you see something that needs to be addressed please feel free to contact us directly.

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