January 9th, 2010 - Foal Health

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The New Year always brings hope and high expectations, especially for breeders who wait 11 long months for their mares to birth the next generation of racetrack hopefuls. In the excitement of the foaling season, planning for the health and well-being of these foals is essential. A robust foal is the product of a well-thought-out preventive health and nutrition plan, beginning the moment the broodmare conceives.

“Unfortunately, Thoroughbreds are fairly high-maintenance, but with proper care you can avoid a lot of expensive veterinary procedures,” said Louis Logan, farm manager at Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky., a medium-sized breeding farm that handles about 50 foalings per year.

From taking temperatures daily to performing fecal egg counts and knowing the latest vaccine strategies, raising a healthy foal requires round-the-clock commitment. As foaling season gets under way, here are some things to keep in mind that will help you ensure your babies get the best start.

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