Friday, February 8, 2019

New Breeding and Foaling Help Website

by Anna Goebel

A free interactive tool to help horse owners learn about reproduction and foaling in horses has been made available online by Equine Guelph. 

The gestation wheel, for example, is quite interesting. It explains the development of the foal from conception - including things like what's developing and how the fetal foal is moving. For example, the equine fetus starts head nods as early as day 40. If you enter your mare's breeding date, the "wheel" will tell you what's going on with your mare and foal month by month. For example, if your mare was bred last May 15, your foal would now be the size of a Dalmation. It would have started growing hair last month on poll, ears, chin, muzzle, and throat, and now be developing fine hair all over the body.

The project also includes checklists, videos, and other resources.

Equine Guelph was founded in 2003 at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. It is "the Centre at the University of Guelph (not-for-profit) serving the horse and its industry through education, research, healthcare promotion and industry development."

Click here to read about the new online service.

Click here to go directly to the new Mare & Foal Care Tool.

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