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Breeding Advice - Veterinary Associates Equine

Breeding Advice

Starting with the right mare is one of the keys to successful breeding. At the start of the breeding season, mares should be in good body condition but not overweight, and should be up to date with their vaccinations, deworming, dentistry, and farriery.

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Foaling Mare

Foaling Mare

Scheduling frequent night checks can be an important part of making sure the foaling is attended. The foaling process is divided into three stages.

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Hoof Balance Vet Associates

Hoof Balance

The foot is a common source of equine lameness. Correct trimming and shoeing are therefore two of the most important influences on the soundness of a horse.

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Mud Fever - Vet Associates Equine

Mud Fever Woes

Equine dermatitis is commonly called mud fever. It affects many horses in New Zealand due to the wet winters and the plenitude of mud.

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Management of pregnant mares 2

Newborn Foals

At birth, there is also a timeline of important events which will help you make a preliminary assessment of the foal’s health.

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Parasites - Horses - Vet Associates Equine

Parasite Control

It is important to recognise that poor parasite control in one horse will have an effect on the other horses in the paddock, as worm eggs are shed in faeces on to the pasture.

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Physitis - Veterinary Associates Equine_July-2020-Newsletter


At this time of year it is important to monitor your foal’s limbs closely. We frequently see physitis (causing limb deformities) in 3-9 month old foals, particularly the larger, rapidly growing ones.

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