A mare’s first milk contains ingredients crucial to the health of her new foal. Colostrum serves as a gut stimulant to help the foal pass his first bowel movements and also contains a creamy fat–high in energy and easily digested. A foal that gets right up and nurses within an hour or two of birth is more vigorous, more able to keep warm on a cold night, than a foal that has not yet nursed. Dr. Charles Briggs (Beckwith Veterinary Clinic, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) says the antibodies in colostrum are especially important. These antibodies have been produced by the mare…
The equine herpesviruses are found worldwide and they have been around for a long, long time. The role of these herpesviruses in causing disease in the equine family is of a very complex nature and not fully understood by researchers, let alone the lay community. With these facts in mind I will try and explain to you, as simply as I can, the effect these viruses can have on the health of your horses and mules. Equine herpesvirus is commonly abbreviated (EHV) and there are five distinct types. They are therefore listed: EHV-1, EHV-2, EHV-3, EHV-4 and EHV-5. These abbreviations…
(Basically from the January, February and March 1932 Breeder's Gazettes, the general news of the period and a kid's recollection of the 1930s.) The year 1932 got off to a bad start and got worse as it went along. Our immediate ancestors were trying to cope with what came to be known as "the Great Depression." Grain, livestock and land prices were all bumping along at rock bottom out in the farming countryside. In the cities, soup kitchens and shanty towns sprang up as unemployment spread like a plague. Of the two, I think the farm families with their home…
(From general news of the period and the Belgian & Percheron publications of that time.) I think the biggest thing in that spring of 50 years ago was the birth of the European Common Market. That dwarfed any other political news. On March 25, representatives from France, West Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Belgium and the Netherlands met in Rome to seal the deal. The treaty of Rome also established a new European Investment Bank. This new economic agreement was really something new under the sun, with nations joining together for the common good, rather than for conquest. On March 22, a…
(From the general news of the day and The Draft Horse Journal and breed publications of the time.) This information was gleaned from the pages of our first designated "Brood Mare" issue. I don't know why it took us eighteen years to figure out that the Spring issue arrived in our readers' mail boxes about the same time foals were showing up in their barns. I suppose we can plead busy-ness. That is the usual excuse–and a very serviceable one, too. So–on with the show. Although tardy in getting into the Brood Mare issue business, we could not have launched…
Disclaimer - This article is intended as general discussion and information on the topic covered, and is not to be construed as rendering legal advice. If legal advice is needed, you should contact an attorney. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of the author. On January 17 lawmakers introduced the Bill in both the House and Senate. The Senate Bill is known as the “Virgie S. Arden American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act” and is Senate Bill 311. The House version is H.R. 503. Both Bills contain similar language and would outlaw…
Barn blindness is a disease common in the horse industry. The number of horsemen afflicted with this disease is growing. Very few horsemen afflicted are cured. The disease has many symptoms. Habitually, horsemen fall in love with the animals they own. They are blind to their horses’ faults, they see nothing good in those horses that differ. Different bloodlines are looked upon with disdain, as are all horses that differ from those they breed. The traits sought in a successful breeding stallion should differ from those sought in a productive mare. Far too many mares are bred to a stallion,…
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for city girls who marry into an agricultural way of life. They are expected to learn, understand and participate in a culture that is as alien to them as the life of a New York cabbie, a San Francisco homeless person, or Donald Trump’s butler is to us! But, to their credit, most of them try. Diana married into Barney’s Ohio horse family. On her first visit to the grandparents, they arrived as Grandpa was trying out a new horse 3-year old Palomino colt named Cody. “Would you like to ride…

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