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Evaluating Why Mares Are Susceptible to Colic After Giving Birth

Colic from twisted bowel is a painful and often fatal condition that affects up to 10 percent of mares after giving birth. Researchers suspect that an imbalance of fatty acids and calcium may be to blame, and they will compare blood and stool samples from healthy and affected brood mares in hopes of identifying the underlying cause of this problem.

Dr. Susan J. Holcombe, Michigan State University

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