• Hydrocephalus in Foals
    Complications,  Foaling,  Horse Breeding,  Mare Care

    Hydrocephalus in Foals

    Hydrocephalus is a neurological disorder that can occur in foals. It is characterized by an excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the ventricles of the brain, resulting in an enlargement of the head and pressure on the brain tissue. The condition can occur due to various reasons such as congenital defects, infections, or trauma. Foals born with congenital hydrocephalus may have a genetic predisposition for the condition, and it may be inherited from their parents. The severity of the condition can vary, depending on the underlying cause and the extent of brain damage that has occurred. Diagnosis of hydrocephalus in foals involves a physical examination, imaging tests such as…

  • Fescue Toxicosis in Pregnant Mares
    Complications,  Horse Breeding,  Mare Care

    Fescue Toxicosis and Pregnant Mares

    Fescue is a type of grass that is commonly used for lawns, pastures, and sports fields. It is a cool-season grass that is known for its ability to tolerate a wide range of growing conditions, including drought and shade. There are several species of fescue grass, including tall fescue, fine fescue, and creeping red fescue. Each species has its own unique characteristics, but they are all generally considered to be low-maintenance, durable, and attractive. Fescue grass can become infected with an endophyte fungus through seed transmission. The endophyte fungus is a naturally occurring organism that lives within the fescue plant without causing any visible symptoms of disease. The fungus is…

  • What should I have in my Foaling Kit
    Complications,  Foaling,  Horse Breeding,  Mare Care

    What Should I have in my Foaling Kit?

    If you are preparing for the birth of a foal, it is important to have a well stocked foaling kit on hand. A foaling kit is a collection of items that you may need when your mare is about to give birth or after she has birthed her foal. Here are some items that you should consider having in your foaling kit (please note some of these items come in bulk quantities so you might want to connect with other people locally that are foaling to share one order): Remember to keep your foaling kit in a convenient, easily accessible location so that you can quickly grab it if needed.…