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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15 February 2018 THE HORSE like to be able to predict when exactly she might foal. Good news: There are signs and tools to help. Here two reproduction-focused vets offer their expertise and suggest ways to take away some of the mystery, so you can be there for the big event. Physical Changes In late gestation (from Day 250 onward) mares experi- ence several observable physical changes. Ahmed Tibary, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, professor of therio- genology in Washington State University's Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, in Pullman, advises breeders to examine the mare periodical- ly to monitor how her body is changing to be ready for parturition (birth). "Mares are quite variable in their signs of preparation for foaling, depending on whether they are older broodmares that have had several foals or maiden mares," he says. "Premonitory signs based primarily on morphological (structural) changes can be quite subtle in some mares, difficult to discern, and are not precise. They tell you that the mare is HEATHER SMITH THOMAS Learn the signs of impending parturition and what prognostic tools are at your disposal

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