Heather Smith Thomas

  • Healthzone: 02-25-17

    Health Zone: Dealing with Premature Foals

    Occasionally a mare will foal too early, and the foal arrives prematurely. Foals born at less than 320 days’ gestation are considered premature, and chances for survival decrease considerably if a foal comes earlier than 300 days.

  • Health Zone: Tying-up in Thoroughbreds

    Muscle pain and cramping associated with exercise have been recognized for more than 100 years. In recent years veterinary researchers have found several different forms of this syndrome, with different causes.

  • Udder Issues for the Mare

    A few days after weaning your foal, you notice his dam's udder is hot and tender. While this veteran broodmare's udder has been quite large at weaning time before, she's never been so grumpy about having it touched. A veterinary examination confirms your suspicions: The mare has mastitis. Udder problems such as this are not terribly common, bu...

  • Reconditioning After Layup

    <DIV class=deck>Whether your horse has downtime for an injury or just a much-needed vacation, how you bring him back can dictate his eventual competitive success.</DIV> <P>After any layup, an athletic horse needs to be brought back to peak condition gradually. If time off was simply a vacation over winter, you can start the horse back into work at a lowe...

  • Options for Ex-Racehorses

    <P>Only a handful of racehorses continue racing for more than a few years. The most talented runners are retired to stud or join a broodmare band, but often horses must move out to make room for new prospects. The problem of what to do with ex-racehorses is ongoing, and several organizations have been created to help resolve this. <P><B>Thoroughbred Ret...