Reproduction and New Foal Care
While many owners may never intend to breed their animals, many do, and some unintentionally end up with foals! Breeding and foal care can be complicated, but under the right management and care, you can successfully obtain a healthy foal. For more information, continue below. If you have any concerns specifically about a sick foal, please call us immediately at (843) 340-3329.
To get your foal off to a great start, it is very important to have them examined within 18-24 hours after birth. At that time, we perform a full physical exam on the foal, mare, and the placenta to check for any problems. We will discuss everything you need to monitor as the foal grows, and when you will need important check-ups and vaccines. Of course, if you notice a problem before this time frame, such as unwillingness to nurse or lethargy, please call us sooner. If you have a sick foal, we are able to triage him or her at your farm, and get them prepared for referral if needed. We are also able to ultrasound infected umbilicuses, flush infected joints, and give IV fluids on location. If in doubt that you might have a problem, please call us right away! Several hours can mean the difference between life and death for these little guys. We also have colostrum available for foals in need!
Our practice manager, Megan, and her 1 day old foal, Indy
32 Day pregnancy in a mare
Ultrasonography and Pregnancy Checks
One of the most important parts of breeding is to monitor the mare's reproductive cycle, and to do that, we use ultrasonography. We are able to better determine when the mare will ovulate with the ultrasound, and we can also manipulate her cycle with medications to obtain the best timing for breeding.
Think your mare may be pregnant, but not sure? We can help with that, too. We can determine pregnancy status from 10 days after breeding to birth!
Even if you are not able to breed your mare via live cover, we can happily breed your mare through artificial insemination. Through monitoring your mare's cycle, we can determine when to ship the semen and when to breed her. To maximize the possibility of pregnancy, we try to inseminate as close to the exact time of ovulation as possible. The entire process surrounding AI takes multiple ultrasound exams/visits, and we like to confirm the pregnancy between days 10-15 post-breeding.
For more information or questions, please contact us. It is best to plan ahead as much as possible during this process!
Artificial insemination in a mare
The Caslick's procedure is easy to perform under sedation and with local anesthesia. It is used in mares that have poor conformation of the vulva, leading to infertility, "wind sucking", urine pooling, and fecal contamination of the reproductive tract. Although these mares may have lived years with these problems, this procedure can make them more comfortable and, in mares that will be bred, can increase their chance of conceiving.