The Horse

FEB 2018

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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14 THE HORSE February 2018 AMY KATHERINE DRAGOO Y our mare was bred on June 1 of last year. Equine gestation is about 340 days (roughly 11 months), so her expected due date is coming up in a few months, around May 6. That 340-day figure is just an average, however, meaning it's perfectly normal for a mare to foal as many as three weeks earlier or later than expected. You'd like to be present at the birth in case there's a problem, but that's quite a window and you've got a lot going on this spring. Hovering over the expectant dam in the barn 24/7 is imprac- tical and, quite frankly, could make her nervous and delay the process. Like many breeders, you'd Any Day Now …

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