Equine Umbilical Study

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Do you have a mare foaling this year? We would love to have your participation in our study!

Hello! My name is Dr. Madison Ricard and I am a veterinary anatomic pathology resident at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada. My research is currently focused on the equine umbilical cord and how it relates to foal health. In order to maximize our data set, we have decided to harness the power of social media to gather data on as many foals as possible, from around the world!

Participation in the study involves the following:

  1. Measuring the length of the umbilical cord after foaling.
  2. Taking a picture of the umbilical cord.
  3. Recording information about the mare, the foaling process, and the foal’s health at birth.
  4. Filling out a survey at 7 days and 30 days after birth regarding the foal’s health.

If this sounds like something you are able to do, and you wish to participate in the study, please visit our study website at https://wcvm-equs.ca/ . On the website, you can sign up and start enrolling mares into the online information collection system, or if you prefer, you can access the printable form to have at stall-side when your mare is due.

Thank you for your time! Have a great foaling season!