So, I trawl through the breeding threads all the time, and I come across a lot of things that I have questions about, but never want to hijack the thread, so I don't ask the questions.
Then I thought, surely I can't be the only one that doesn't know a lot, so why not make a thread to inform us not-so-knowledgeable people about the ins and outs of breeding, and have a place for people to freely ask questions without derailing the thread from the OP.
Plus maybe it will be useful for anybody wanting to breed in the future. I might want to one day in the very distant future, when I know a whole lot more, have a horse worth breeding, and am financially stable.
Firstly, what vaccinations do the mares/foals require, when, and what are they? I have seen the likes of needing Rhino at 5, 7 and 9 months, but what is rhino? Is it a disease only in certain countries, or does the vaccine exist in every country?
What is Fescue, and how do you tell if it is in the hay?
Can certain types of grass cause abortions?
What is different about a broodmare feed, than say a feed designed for weight gain, or just a normal generalized feed?
How many Ultrasounds would you recommend, at what stages?
What is HYPP, HERD, do only certain breeds carry them?
If you walked in on your mare in labour, would you automatically ring the vet, or wait till there were obvious signs of distress?
Is it true that you can hear the foals heart beat using a stethoscope?
Can vets test for pregnancy through blood tests?
Why is it so important to not breed a grade horse? Can you not register any random horse in other countries? Because here in NZ you can register any horse you like, although breed registering is different to show registering, and you don't need a purebred horse to show register it here, so breeds don't make a difference in this country unless you are specifically competing it in a breed class.
Is it more of a peace of mind thing or is it mandatory to have your vet out to check the mare, foal and placenta after the birth?
Do you always keep milk replacer and bottles in your kit, or would you go out and get it if it come to that?
Has anybody ever gone through or watched a mare have an emergency cesarean, or even a planned one? I have taken part in cows and a dog but never a horse.
I have plenty more questions where that come from, I hope it's alright to put this here, I just figured it was better to put questions like these in a questions thread, rather than derail somebodies foaling thread, and that way anyone else can add questions that they want answered also.