Active Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association member, volunteer and competitive rider Madison Ricard graduated from the University of Calgary School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She subsequently became veterinary anatomic pathology resident at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK.

There she is currently heading a study looking at the correlation between different features of the umbilical cord and foal health outcomes; in particular, the length of the cord, number of twists and type of twisting.

Participation in this study involves four brief surveys for data collection:

  • The first survey involves questions about the mare.
  • The second survey includes details about the foaling, as well as measuring the length of the umbilical cord and taking a photo.
  • The final two surveys will be follow-ups to see if the foal has had any health issues at 7 days and 30 days after birth.

Participation is entirely voluntary and your horses’ data can be withdrawn at any time by contacting the researchers.

Read the World Breeding News article on page 52-53 HERE, explaining why and how Madison is recruiting worldwide breeder participation.

Click HERE to join the study.