Recent News for Breeding Basics

Article

Researchers Study the Genetics of Trainability

May 20, 2016

Scientists found a gene that could identify superior tractability, or how easily a horse can be trained or controlled.... Read More

Article

Equine Genetics Researcher Lear Dies at 64

May 17, 2016

Teri Lear, PhD, worked on the Horse Genome Project, which resulted in the first map of a horse's genetic sequence.... Read More

Article

Study Identifies Genetic Risk Factors for Equine Abortions

May 15, 2016

This is the first study to identify a potential genetic, rather than environmental, cause for foal loss in mares.... Read More

Article

Research-Based Weaning Tips to Reduce Stress

April 21, 2016

Start planning early to make the transition away from mom as smooth as possible.... Read More

Commentary

Do Equine Genetics Influence Behavior?

April 14, 2016

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian explains the role that genetics play in a horse's behavior.... Read More

Article

When Nature Meets Science: Breeding With Frozen Semen

April 14, 2016

What you need to know and expect when using this breeding method.... Read More

Jerry and Ann Moss visit Zenyatta in January 2011 at Lane's End Farm.

Article

Zenyatta's 2016 Colt Dead

April 13, 2016

The champion Thoroughbred racing mare's colt by War Front succumbed to meconium aspiration syndrome at 2 days of age.... Read More

Article

The Importance of Postmortem Exams on Aborted Fetuses

April 09, 2016

Post-mortem exams are crucial to determine what caused the abortion. Here's what your veterinarian will look for.... Read More

Article

Mare Thyroid Condition Might be Linked to Foal Deaths

April 08, 2016

The rare condition--primary hypothyroidism--in mares could be behind a potentially deadly foal problem called CHDS.... Read More

Article

Study: Cardiac Recovery Time Identified as Heritable Trait

April 07, 2016

Selective breeding could lead to horses more tailored for endurance and improve welfare and performance, scientists say.... Read More

Article

Understanding the Mare's Transitional Period

April 05, 2016

Find out how light can impact a mares's ovulatory cycles. ... Read More

Article

Neonate Prognostic Indicators: Making Sense of the Noise

March 30, 2016

One vet reviews the options practitioners have for determining prognosis and predicting survival for sick foals.... Read More

Article

UK Researchers Study MicroRNAs Throughout Gestation in Mares

March 25, 2016

MicroRNA, a small nonprotein coding gene, holds potential as a novel way to diagnose various diseases in the horse. ... Read More

Quarter Horse stallion Slick by Design is a competitive barrel racer who's also one of the sport's leading sires.

Article

The Double-Duty Stallion

March 20, 2016

Is your stallion expected to perform in both the breeding shed and the arena? Here's what you need to know. ... Read More

Article

Free Lecture to Cover Equine Pregnancy

March 14, 2016

Jennifer Linton, VMD, will describe what to expect when your horse is expecting on April 5 at the New Bolton Center.... Read More

Article

Poll Recap: Spring Foalings

March 08, 2016

Of the 395 poll respondents, 286 (72%) said they aren't expecting a foal this spring. ... Read More

Article

Animal Genetic Testing and Research Lab Gets New Name

February 25, 2016

The University of Kentucky Animal Genetic Testing and Research Laboratory has been renamed Genetic Testing at Gluck. ... Read More

Article

How to Perform CPR on a Newborn Foal

February 09, 2016

Many foals born with beating heart and pulse, but who fail to breathe, can be revived via CPR. Here's what to remember.... Read More

Article

Minimizing Foal Stress Levels in the Breeding Shed

February 03, 2016

What would be the best plan for handling a foal whose dam is being covered by a stallion?... Read More

Article

Is Sustainability a Heritable Trait in Thoroughbreds?

January 21, 2016

While environmental factors, such as nutrition and training, shape sustainability, genetics influence it, as well.... Read More

Article

How to Predict When a Mare Will Foal

January 17, 2016

Many breeders use a combination of the available options to predict when a mare will foal.... Read More

Article

Collecting Colostrum

January 15, 2016

How can you collect colostrum and save it for future use, and how long can you keep it? A veterinarian weighs in.... Read More

Article

Foal Sex, Gestation Length Heritable Through Mare Bloodlines

January 14, 2016

This marks the first time such a connection has been made in any mammalian species.... Read More

Article

Recipient Mares Pass Some Traits on to Foals

January 13, 2016

One researcher describes what we know about the receiving mare's effect on the foal. ... Read More

Article

Researchers Unlock Genetic Secrets of the Dun Coat Color

January 08, 2016

Recent study results reveal why the dun pattern does not appear in many domestic horses.... Read More