• 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…

  • Common Foaling Complications
    Foaling,  Horse Breeding,  Mare Care

    Common Foaling Complications

    Foaling, or the process of giving birth to a foal, can be a complex and unpredictable event. Foaling complications during the birthing process can occur, but their frequency can vary depending on various factors such as the age, health, and breed of the mare, as well as the foal’s size and position. Studies have shown that the incidence of foaling complications ranges from 5% to 25%, with the highest risk occurring in older mares and those with a history of previous foaling problems. These complications can be serious and potentially life-threatening for both the mare and foal, so it is important for horse owners and caretakers to be prepared and…