for the Australian breeding and performance horse
The formation of the The Australasian Horse Breeders Federation (AHBF)
The Australian equestrian industry is very fragmented with a distinct lack of a united voice to promote the breeding, performance and value of Australian horses, something that Ulrich (Ulli) Klatte noticed when he moved to Australia from Germany 35 years ago. As the proprietor of the very successful Belcam Stud Ulli has long felt that there has been little recognition for Australian bred horses and that information on them can be difficult to find.
Earlier this year he set the wheels in motion to act on an idea he’s had for years, putting the call out to invite Australian and New Zealand breed organisations and breeders to a Zoom meeting to discuss and agree to the benefits of a united voice promoting breeding, performance, and value – whatever the discipline and level.
From this meeting The Australasian Horse Breeders Federation (AHBF) Working Group was established.
The Group decided their objectives, as an equine industry led initiative, are to:
• bring a united voice from Australasian breed societies to key external stakeholders;
• bridge the gap between equine breeding and performance for all Australasian horse activities;
• continue to support and promote Australasian equine breeders to the region and beyond;
• bring about meaningful change in the equine industry and
• target the specific needs and challenges faced by Australasian equine breeders and societies.
The Group also discussed, and have since drafted, a working constitution to formally establish the AHBF as a Not-for-Profit Organisation.
The Working Group have encouraged all Australian and New Zealand equine breed organisation representatives, equine breeders, equine professionals and industry individuals to join this initiative with industry participants sought to be a part of the inaugural AHBF board of directors to be established on the 10th of August 2022 via Zoom.
At the time of going to press Ulli mentioned that they had approached more than 100 breed societies with considerable support from many quarters, especially from New Zealand organisations.
With many breeds, and exotic breeds in Australia, the group aims to promote the diversity of breeds and they’re hoping for more interest from the western and stock horse side of the industry.
While some organisations might have a wait and see approach, or be reluctant to change hopefully they will get behind the initiative and see the benefits that can be gained from a united front that feels strongly about recognising and promoting the identity and success of Australian and New Zealand horses, something that’s been done with great success in the Northern hemisphere.
For information on the Australasian Horse Breeders Federation contact Ulli Klatte on presidentacegroupinc@ gmail.com and keep an eye out for a website in the future.
and in Australia the number decreased in 2022 when Brenda Boaden from Ferndale Springs Cleveland Bay Stud sold her herd of Purebred mares, and her much loved stallion, Tregoyd Topper, sadly died at the age of 21 years.
Brenda has been championing Cleveland Bay horses for the past 15 years and has been a dedicated supporter and worker towards the preservation of the breed, which has had its challenges.
STRAWS AVAiLABLE FOR OuTSTAND
The Australian Stock Horse stallion Taunton Vale Pierro’s female line have been bred by the Johnston family, who are well known West Australian Stock Horse breeders. For over seventy years Kent’s father Jock Johnston rode Flicka in any competition that was going; Kent remembered riding on the front on the saddle in the grand parade at the Perth Royal Show and the mare’s neck was full of ribbons. Merrrilyn Gollan (Johnston) also rode Flicka with great success. Kent went on to successfully campaign Flicka’s daughter Teeny, then her daughter Little Miss, then her daughter Freya who was a regular Supreme of Supreme winner and dam of the family’s treasured and hugely successful stallion, Pierro. Unfortunately Kent and Pierro’s
In January this year Brenda sent one mare, in foal to Penrhyn Ps, to New Zealand to her new owner Jacqueline Broadhead and at that stage she was thought to be the only Purebred Cleveland Bay mare in New Zealand.
Then in May 22 all Brenda’s remaining mares moved to Alex Campbell’s Hangaroa Station Sporthorses in New Zealand. The mares included Ferndale Springs, a 1yr old filly by Pembridge Midshipman, Tregoyd Gizelle (ex imported from Wales) in foal to Texlea St Oliver, Ferndale Springs Topsy in foal to Penrhyn PS,
and Sunnyvale Bonny Bay and Ferndale Springs
Shamrock who are both in foal to Arena Big Ben.
In addition to these mares was Ferndale Springs
Margaret who was sold last year in foal to Ferndale Springs St Patrick to Renee Shepherdson in Far North Queensland. Margaret produced a healthy filly foal for Renee. Renee agreed to allow Alex to purchase her and have Margaret join the rest of the herd in NZ.
Brenda commented that it has been a long journey to promote the Cleveland Bay and she is very pleased to see the breed will be continuing to survive under the stewardship of Alex Campbell.
The only Purebred stallion in Australia is the West Australian stallion Texlea Saint Oliver that Brenda manages. She does however, have frozen semen available from four other internationally bred stallions.
So, what will Brenda do now?
Breeding your very own horse that meets all your ‘dream horse’ requirements is an aim of many a horse owner.Anya and Pierro
A BIG FUTURE AHEAD FOR CARRACANE’S GOLDEN GLAMOuR
Standing for his first year at stud in 2022 is the multi supreme winner Carracane’s Golden Glamour. A registered palomino, Riding Pony, Part Bred Welsh, Part Bred APSB and Arabian API, Fletcher, as he is affectionately known, is by the stunning Shanamon Brenin Artorius (Welsh A) out of the beautiful Westlake Enchantment (Riding Pony). Standing at the well known pony stud Carracane Lodge, the property is is located in the picturesque Meckering region which has proven itself to be the ideal spot for stud owner Jon Kelly to raise his show and harness ponies with ample room for his band of broodmares and pony stallions to roam. With his excellent temperament, as well as his stud duties Jon’s plans for Fletcher this season include moving on with his work in harness and under saddle. Contact Jon at Carracane Lodge on 0488 141 624 or email@example.com.
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VALLEY EQuiNE FOALING DOWN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
Valley Equine has had a very exciting year so far, and were delighted to finally announce the arrival of Dr Marc Walton all the way from South Africa in February. Dr Walton is an extremely experienced lameness vet with excellent diagnostic skills and a special interest in back issues. He is also a fantastic reproduction vet, so Dr Paula Bell-Cross is going to very much appreciate having his help during the upcoming breeding season.
Dr Paula had an amazing 2021/2022 season with a record number of 17 successful embryo transfers, including two sets of triplet embryos, which were also successfully transferred and sent home as positive pregnancies in their respective recipient mares.
With the help of our very competent stallion handler, Rick Dabner, last season was also a busy one for the boys, including dummy training several new stallions for collection. Foaling down is just around the corner here at the Valley, with the first few mares already here and many others booked in over the course of the season. We have cameras in all of the stables and yards used for the foaling down mares, we use “ Foal alert” alarms, and we have a vet onsite 24/7 during the breeding season. See advert on page 73.photo by Aussie Platinum
(Dude) (TL PHENOMENAL DREAM from Redwood Sure is Bonnie) he could envisage his ambition of producing quality Appaloosas from his small band of Appaloosa mares, all of whom are State or National Champions that could be shown in halter as well as performance, coming to fruition.
Rob’s plans for breeding are on track for this 2022 season and his mares will be bred for 2023 foals.
These mares include MVA Sheza Tiger Dier by Invited Tiger QH, Ultimate Seduction (by Ultimate Affair imported) and Oregon Park Dream N Affair
The fourth member of the Springwood mare band is Oregon Park Tyson’s Dotter who will be shown under saddle and be Rob’s riding mare. She was described as a hunter type when Rob purchased her but has developed more as a reining horse concentrate on with her.
“It’s been a few years since I have been out in the arena but Dude is progressing well in his training. He’s like a rocking horse to ride, is calm but when you ask him to work he can really turn it on, then return to calm. Close to 15.2hh he is temperament to die for and has the athletic ability to perform in be concentrating on Reining and Western Dressage.”
Rob’s return to the performance arena has been slowed a bit in 21/22 by work and family commitments but training of Dude and Dotter is continuing and he is looking forward to positive pregnancy tests for his mares. See advert on page 80.
When it comes to foaling, on-time human intervention – if needed – is crucial to ensure a successful outcome. For over forty years Magic Breed has earned the trust of breeders, stud farms and broodmare owners as a crucial frontline tool to accurately alert foal-watchers when a mare is
Already the benchmark foal-alert product in Australia and New Zealand, the original Magic Breed monitoring system has been dramatically upgraded to take advantage of modern technology. The new Magic Breed product builds on its worldwide reputation and brings the Magic Breed design into the 21st century with improved range, battery life and many other new features.
Called Magic Breed Plus, it’s not only much more affordable than the original, it also comes with a quantum leap in advanced features and benefits. Working on a 917MHz frequency, providing it with greatly improved immunity to interference and superior range – 500m is no problem and in excess of 1km is possible with the signal efficient at working its way around obstacles
Designed from the ground up to minimise loss of sleep and long hours of supervision around foaling time, the non-invasive transmitter attaches to the halter and detects when a mare lies down in a foaling position.The addition of
an LCD display on the Magic Breed Plus receiver provides a wealth of operator feedback. This includes signal strength and battery level, along with individual identification for up to eight transmitters. Boasting dramatically improved battery life – a single pair of AAA batteries could last an entire breeding season – Magic Breed Plus’s system is also useful for detecting colic and for monitoring horses after major surgery. Priced at $595, Magic Breed Plus has a two year warranty and is available for delivery across Australia and New Zealand from www. magicbreedplus.com.au or contact admin@ eesolutions.net.au, phone 07 5453 4355.
See advert on page 67.
LUSITANO STALLION NEMO (iMP) PREPARING FOR A COMPETITION FUTURE
Melbourne, then the trip across the Nullabor to his new home in Wandi, WA.
He has only had limited rides since arriving and a few outings which included beach visits and a few clinics with Manolo Mendez where he has clearly showed his super temperament and trainability. Owner Lis Tollarzo plans a dressage career for Nemo and aims to have him out competing lightly in 2023 as well as in working equitation.
At home Nemo is a very quiet stallion and is in the centre of the property so he can view all visiting horses and riders coming for lessons, as well as having other horses nearby that he can touch and communicate with.
Nemo (SPA) (IMP) arrived in Australia from Spain as a three year old colt early in 2021 and has now been in Western Australia just over a year. This young stallion has been given time to settle in and mature physically and mentally after such a massive journey. This journey included five weeks with Manolo Mendez Dressage as soon as he had completed his quarantine in
Nemo will be trained to be collected for AI over this summer in preparation for the 2023 breeding season and this allows more time for his training under saddle and for him becoming accustomed to different venues in readiness for competition so he can focus on his riding education.
See advert on page 82.
CONTINUING TO EXPAND OLBuRY EQuiNE CLiNiC
Oldbury Equine Clinic clinic has continued to expand over the last year with some exciting new additions to the team. Dr James Meyer BSC (PV) DVM MANCVS (Eq Dent) has returned to the team after spending five years in his home state
of South Australia expanding his interests and skill base, including gaining his memberships in equine veterinary dentistry.
Ms Kylie Wall has joined the team as clinic manager with a plethora of experience in the equine veterinary industry, both with her own stud, Noran Arabians, and many years working at another successful equine hospital, so she is a great asset to the team. Dr Michael Harwood continues to head up the team alongside Dr Warwick Vale, Dr James, Dr Tory Ko-Peternelj and Dr Simone Deetman. Dr Liz Woodberry also continues to assist with the practice when she has time with her busy schedule.
Oldbury Equine continues to offer a comprehensive equine veterinary service including a 24/7 emergency service, purpose made lameness assessment centre, including equinosis lameness locator, advanced dentistry services and an expanding breeding centre.
See advert on page 83.
NORAN ARABiAN STuD LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING
needed, all on a larger scale and never enough daylight hours.
Noran has more than just Arabian horses, they are lambing their few Polled Wiltshire purebred sheep and the Main-Angus AI’d black cattle are about to have calves and then there is the KOI farm – it is getting closer to breeding lots of new baby Koi fish.
Although busy on the farm the Wall family, Norm, Nancy and Kylieare looking forward to Spring as foaling time is always eagerly awaited. Spring also means new lambs, calves and beautiful Arabian foals playing in the paddocks. With their own foals due plus clients they are expecting to have six Arabian babies.
THIS DRUM HORSE IS SPECIAL KEEPS THE BEAT
Noran Kyarma in foal to Mystica Santosa (frozen semen).
Gold Butterfly Koi.
When winter arrives at Noran the family become loving ‘slaves’ to their beautiful Arabian horses on their well established Keysbrook property. Winter this year has been wet and very cold so there was extra hay rolls and dry feeds to keep the animals warm. But it is also time for other things that have to happen on the farm, weeding, slashing, chicken poop spreading, fencing, pasture seeding, maintenance and repairs where
“Through the dark times we have had along the way,”said Nancy, “we have been looking forward to babies being born, which gives hope that better times are coming for our passion to warm our hearts and bring joy to our family.
“At Noran we find that our beautiful Arabians keep us grounded, but alive and always looking forward to better times, enjoying friends, family and like minded people with the same passions in life.
“One thing we have learned in this journey of life is that family and friends need to be nurtured the same as we nurture our four legged friends.”
See advert on page 71.
Standing at the picturesque 165 acre property Windal Park, which is located in Pinjarra, Windal Park Keep The Beat has a special place in the heart of his owners Nikki and Alysha Wixon. Having had the stunning young stallion since birth - his dam was purchased in foal to the well known imported Gypsy Cob stallion Minstrel - Hercules, as he is known at home, is somewhat of a departure from the Warmblood Sport Horses that have been the family’s focus as horse breeders for the past two decades.
Standing out from the herd with his striking looks Hercules has always been handled like the stud’s other horses, even though it’s clear, “he knows he is special”. He’s certainly made his mark in the show ring from a very young age, having attended his first show at six months, winning numerous Championships and Supremes ever since. An F1 Drum horse and registered with a number of Societies, Hercules has demonstrated his incredible temperament at his every outing and at home is paddocked next to multiple mares as Windal Park offers a range of services for breeders including pre-stud work, foaling down, weaning and handling, and short and long term spelling for horses of all ages.
Usually playing with his oversized paddock buddies, Hercules has learnt that he isn’t the boss and is very respectful to handle and lead – always in just a halter at home and happy to walk in a group with no fuss. He has also proved to be adept at Liberty and is now going well under saddle with Alysha, demonstrating his versatility and that he’ll prove to be a producer of horses that will be ideal all rounders. In his first season at stud Windal Park Keep The Beat is available for fresh or chilled AI only. Contact Windal Park on 0417 955 108.
See advert on page 70.
It has been a quiet year for Sarah Guy at Kintore Stud in Serpentine. A new job and ongoing work commitments have meant a decrease in horse work and competitions.
The break has allowed the stud’s young Paint stallion, Kintore Elusive Lover to grow and mature into a magnificent stallion with all the qualities to breed versatile performance and halter horses. “His conformation, temperament and work ethics are all there,” commented Sarah, “and now that our personal situation and work has settled down it will be exciting to continue his training under saddle.” See advert on page 83
MADOC’S PROGENY AND ABOUT WITH THEIR OWNERS ROWEN WELSH COB STuD
Rowen Welsh Cob Stud produced two foals last season by their imported Welsh Cob Section D stallion Gwynfaes Madoc, one of which was a first foal for the Stud’s imported mare Trevallion Champagne Moments. Their other imported mare, Penstrumbly Blue Jean Baby (right), also produced a foal, a full sibling to several of this successful cross.
The stud is expecting four foals this season, including two of Madoc’s daughters to outside stallions, so Jody and Kim are very excited to see these on the ground.
“Our inhand show season has kicked off with our new kid on the block, two year old Rowen Baroness (Gwynfaes Madoc X Cwmkaren Bronwen) winning Best Welsh Exhibit in our Youngstock Show and going on to win Supreme Exhibit of the APBS Show. Rowen Firefly (Taraco Firecracker UK AI X Rowen Material Girl ) and Rowen Absolutely Fabulous,
a yearling filly (Pennal The Great UK AI X Rowen Brioni), also making their debuts in-hand.”
Madoc’s progeny have been out and about with their owners, which Jody and Kim always find very rewarding to see, with Rowen Black Magic winning Supreme Harness Exhibit 2021 at the WA All Welsh, and Rowen Wynne winning at the Pony Dressage Showcase, to name a couple. A few have also been getting out and competing in eventing and dressage, and even trail riding all over Australia. The goal now is for some of the stud’s older show team to get out under saddle.
See advert on page 67.
HEEZ ZIPPIING HOT INTRODUCES SOME OF HIS PROGENY BREEDiNG
At Karen Nicoletto Show Horses in the Swan Valley, this Quarter Horse stallion, Heez Zipping Hot is siring working and halter horses that display his temperament and versatility.
Karen has been kept busy giving lessons, running horsemanship clinics and with her training/teaching role at an Agriculture College. She has just been endorsed as an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator, which she will incorporate into her education program, moving forward.
See advert on inside front cover of Hoofbeats.
Sheez Zippin Lazy - Dam: Sheez Zippin Good (by Heez Zippin Hot) Currently in training in Queensland with Carolyn Johnson. Placed in Trail and Western Pleasure at the Qld Pre Show and Championships and at the QH Nationals in Tamworth she was 3rd in Novice Pleasure Horse with Holly Johnson riding.
Springwood Park Appaloosa Stud
MARE POWERMARE POWER
Dijon SureIs Phenomenal
Once this young stallion ‘Dude’ has been upgraded he will be available to a few select AAA registered mares by private negotiation in the 2022 season.
Looking to breed the ideal
Foaling down your own mare can be daunting prospect for even the most seasoned horse person. Despite this, the process of getting your mare pregnant, following the pregnancy scans and then finally seeing the end result is all absolutely worth it.
The question is …. Are you ready for it?
Dr Ross Wallace -
Murray Veterinary Services
Bsc. BVMS (Hons) MANZCVS (eq surg)
In 2008 Ross gained his memberships to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in equine surgery. His main interests are Equine reproduction and sport horse lameness and he is an FEI accredited veterinarian but genuinely enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary medicine and surgery. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: https://murrayvets. com.au/ Ph: (08) 9530 3751
Pre PA r AT ion of T he m A re
Broodmares should be on a good plane of nutrition leading into foaling and have a sufficient body condition to help support pregnancy, foetal growth and the process of lactation. All mares should receive a tetanus and strangles vaccine 4-6 weeks prior to foaling. The neonate relies of sufficient transfer of antibodies in the colostrum to prevent disease before its own immune system is established.
Mare should be administered a wormer 2-4 weeks prior to the anticipated due date. An ivermectin based wormer is best used in this scenario.
Maiden mares require special attention to become accustomed to the nursing foal . Often these mares are not used to having their teats touched and are often very reactive. Regularly handling the udder leading up to foaling can desensitise the mare to this stimulation and assist with the nursing process.
i s T he m A re c A slicked?
Many broodmares have had a caslick procedure (suturing of the upper vulval lips) performed once they are confirmed pregnant to help prevent placental complications. Failure to remove a caslick may result in unnecessary vulval tearing or a potentially difficult birth. If you are unsure your veterinarian can check for you.
The foA lin G PA ddock
It is generally advised given the beautiful climate we have in Australia that mares foal in a suitable paddock as opposed to a stable environment. Careful consideration should be given to the paddock chosen to foal your mare in. The paddock should be close to your house and easily accessible in
Tips for a successful journeyBy Dr Ross Wallace Bsc BVMS (hons) MANZCVS (eq surg)
the night hours. The area should have been rested and manure removed to provide a clean environment for the newborn foal. A flat grass covered area is preferred with no obstacles or potential water hazards present.
Priority should be placed on the type of fencing used in the foaling paddock. The use of mesh or chicken wire prevents foals easily rolling under a fence in the middle of the night which foals seems very clever at achieving.
Access to good lighting over the paddock is always a good investment. This allows careful observation of the mare’s behaviour leading up to foaling and close observation of the newborn from a distance.
hAve you or GA nised A ssis TA nce?
It has been said that having a plan is better than no plan at all. Whilst we all want the foaling process to be a smooth event, occasionally assistance is required. It is advised to contact your local equine veterinarian in the week leading up to foaling and discussing what arrangements are available outside normal hours. This is a good time to confirm the out of hours number and predicted time of assistance if required.
Otherwise the prearranged help of a ‘horsey’ neighbour is always helpful in a stressful situation.
Predic T ion of foA lin G
The average gestation length for a mare is 340 days. There may be a lot of variability although individuals tend to follow similar patterns year after year. As the mare gets closer to foaling there are some physical changes that will occur. Firstly, the muscles around the tail head will relax in the weeks leading up to parturition. The vulva will lose the tight wrinkled appearance and begin to elongated and appear relaxed in the days prior to
Safe fencing and a clean paddock is ideal for foaling.
be checked daily close to foaling and the mare monitored more closely when the pH drops suddenly into this range. Although this is a helpful method it should be interpreted with other physical changes to the mare as not all mares drop their pH in the same way.
It is important to note that every mare is different in their changes prior to foaling and should be assessed accordingly
A lin G k i T
Having all your supplies in a bucket by the paddock or stable is a must.
The ki T shoul D con Tain
Head torch, tail bandage, towels
2% chlorhexidine solution or Betadine
in a small jar for dipping umbilicus
Foal enema (fleet enema)
Head collar / rope Stopwatch
Bag for placenta
During this stage the foal rotates from being on its back to extending its head and feet into the birth canal. During this time mares can appear restless, may pace up fence lines, flank watch and may sweat in the flanks. This process can last several hours. Mares should be monitored from a distance during stage 1. The end of the first stage of labour is marked by the rupturing of the membranes and release of foetal fluid. This usually happens 1-4
The foal should be delivered within 15-20 minutes from the start of stage 2. If the foal is not progressing or the presentation is abnormal please contact your veterinarian immediately.
Once delivered carefully removed the amniotic sac from the foal’s nose and allow the foal time to bond with the mare. Do not attempt to clean the foal excessively as the mare licking the foal is part of the maternal bonding process.
Leave the mare to lay for as long as possible to prevent premature rupture of the placenta. The umbilicus should break on its own once the mare stands. The foal umbilical stump can be treated at this stage with the umbilical dip in your foal kit.
The birth of the foal marks the ends of stage 2 labour.
sTAGe 3 – PAssinG of The membr Anes
The mare will normally pass the membranes within 30 minutes of foaling although some mares will take 3-4 hours to expel the membranes. The mare may show some discomfort as the uterus contracts to assist with removal of the membranes.
Under no conditions should the membranes be pulled from the mare. Should the membranes not be passed in 4-6 hours then the veterinarian should be called to assist with removal. Retained membranes in the broodmare can have serious consequences including uterine infection and laminitis.
sTAG e 2 – ex P ulsion of T he foA l
Active contractions will follow the passing of fluid once the waters have broken. The mare may continue to stand or lay down during this time. A white membrane (amniotic sac) should potrude from the vulva. The foal should be positioned with one foot in front of the other with the toes pointing down. The feet are followed by the nose and head resting between the knee. Once the head is free the mare will commence some forceful contractions to help the shoulders through the pelvic canal. The rest of the foal will then be delivered.
The membranes should be kept in a bag or bucket and examined by your veterinarian at the foal exam to ensure all membranes are present. Remember to ‘check it and not chuck it’.
f oA lin G Al A rms
A number of systems are available to alert the owner or foal attendant that the foaling process has commenced. The most common systems in Australia rely on a signal from the mare’s head collar to alert the owner the mare is laying down. Newer systems available will also track head movement to differentiate the sleeping mare from the rolling mare. This usually requires a wifi connection to the paddock.
Foaling alarms are almost considered a must when foaling down your mare as the process is quick and explosive and easily missed. Whilst these devices are helpful they will never replace direct visual observation. Regular checking of the battery status and range of these monitors is critical to prevent failure.
Wh AT i s n orm A l f or T he n e W born f oA l?
Foals should sit up within minutes of arrival and respond to surrounding stimuli. A suck reflexes is usually present within 10-20 minutes of birth and efforts to stand should commence within this time frame. The 1, 2,3 rule should apply for a new
Most foals will have their first urination after 9 hours and pass meconium (first black tar like poo) within 4 hours. Foals straining to pass meconium should receive an enema. Healthy foals should seem vibrant and interested in their environment and nurse approximately 4 times an hour. Should your new born foal not reach these targets then a discussion with your veterinarian is warranted.
immuniT y TesT
Foals receive antibodies from the mare’s colostrum in the first 12 hours of their life. The ingestion of good quality colostrum is crucial in this period to boost their immune system against any potential challenges. This immunity can be tested by a simple blood test from 16 hours after foaling. This test is not expensive or invasive and can detect deficiencies in the foal’s immunity that can be corrected.
The PosT foAlinG check
Having your mare and new born foal examined by an equine veterinarian 24 hours after foaling is strongly encouraged. This examination can detect any problems with the mare, allow evaluation of the placenta and provide a comprehensive evaluation of the foal. Problems including limb deviations, septicaemia, and rib fractures can be evaluated. A thorough check of the mare should be performed to detect any post foaling tears or problems that may impact her future breeding potential.
The foaling process is enjoyable for the well-prepared horse owner. Sleepless nights are always offset by the pleasure of watching your new foal canter around the next morning. Good luck with your journey!