Horse owners are invited to attend a free seminar on foaling and foal care at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University on Tuesday, April 7, from 7-9 p.m. The seminar, "Saving Foals: A Horse Owner's Guide to Foaling and Foal Care," will be taught by Dr. Patrick McCue, Director of the Equine Reproduction Laboratory. The seminar is being offered through the Equine Hospital Section.
The seminar is ideal for all horse owners and breeding managers. The interactive session will provide up-to-date information on foaling prediction, the foaling process and foal care. It also will detail how to recognize problems during foaling, when to call for professional assistance, how to prepare for a foaling emergency, and how to perform emergency "on-farm" resuscitation on a neonatal foal. Participants also will learn to effectively communicate with their regular veterinarian regarding foaling.
"The ultimate measure of success in equine reproduction is birth of a live, healthy foal," said Dr. McCue. "Our goal is to help participants reach this goal through education and communication."
Dr. McCue is the Iron Rose Ranch Professor of Equine Theriogenology in the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He coordinates the clinical broodmare, foaling and embryo transfer services offered by the Equine Reproduction Laboratory. He also treats dystocias, high-risk pregnancies and other equine reproduction cases at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In addition, he writes a monthly column called "The Breeding Shed" for the American Quarter Horse Journal.
The seminar will be held in Room 118/120 of the Animal Cancer Center at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins. The seminar is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve a spot, contact Kathie.Sexton@Colostate.edu or call (970) 297-1269 by April 3.