APRIL NOTEBOOK BY LESLIE POTTER
It’s foaling season, and on farms a
next equine generation is making i
are some interesting facts about fo
Association of Equine Practitioners and ext
Within one hour of birth, a healt
will be able to stand. By the sec
he will begin nursing.
Healthy foals can begin walking
90 minutes of birth, and are phy
able to run within the first few ho
A mare will produce around four gallons—or 2 to 3
percent of her body weight—in milk each day during
lactation and will require almost twice as much feed as
she did in early pregnancy.
Foals m ood as
early as week two, and will require nutrition
beyond mare’s milk by eight to 10 weeks.
WELCOME TO OMAHA
This month, the world’s best horses and riders in show jumping and dressage will be in America’s heartland for the FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha, Neb.
This under-the-radar town may have been an unexpected selection as the host city for these prestigious
events, but for equestrian fans in the U.S., the venue
shouldn’t be a surprise.
The Omaha International is an indoor jumping and
dressage show held each spring at the CenturyLink
Center. The show has earned high praise from competitors and spectators alike, which helped the city earn
some positive recognition from the FEI.
The World Cup Finals are most often held in European cities, but 2017 isn’t the first time they’ve come to
America. Baltimore, Tampa, and Del Mar were among
the earliest host cities. Las Vegas has been the Finals’
home several times since 2000, most recently in 2015,
and they’re slated to host it again in 2020.
The FEI World Cup Finals will be held Mar. 29-Apr. 2,
2017. Find out more at www.omahaworldcup2017.com.
cross the country, the
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als from the American
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A healthy foal can gain
as much as 3 pounds