Breeding Soundness Exam

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Breeding the Problem Mare AAEP Discussion

February 23, 2010

Anytime veterinarians talk about breeding the problem mare, it always develops into a lively, animated discussion. The Table Topic on Breeding the Problem Mare was no different at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Con... Read More

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Breeding: Best Mare Management Practices

January 16, 2010

Here are some important factors that all breeders should consider before getting started.... Read More

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New Tool for Counting Sperm

March 09, 2009

Equine practitioners now have a new, accurate tool for measuring stallion fertility--the NucleoCounter SP-100 fluorescence-based instrument. While it is more expensive than some instruments currently used for counting sperm, it is accurate and easy... Read More

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Estimating Future Stallion Fertility

March 02, 2009

Veterinary examination of a prospective breeding stallion is used to judge the stallion's fertility. ... Read More

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Questions to Ask Before Breeding a Mare

February 02, 2009

Thinking of breeding your mare this spring? The recent outbreak of contagious equine metritis (CEM, which is caused by bacterium Taylorella equigenitalis) in the United States and the previous outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) have... Read More

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Carry That Weight: Lameness in Pregnant Mares

January 10, 2009

Lameness is not an uncommon condition in pregnant mares. But does pregnancy itself make a horse more prone to lameness?

"Any horse can become lame while pregnant, but pregnancy does not make lameness more likely as a single factor," said... Read More

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Contagious Equine Metritis

December 19, 2008

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Contagious Equine Metritis Case Could Impact Horse Transport

December 16, 2008

State and federal agriculture officials announced Dec. 16 that a Quarter Horse stallion standing at stud in Kentucky has tested positive for contagious equine metritis (CEM). As the... Read More

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Overbreeding

September 01, 2008

Who is at fault for the "overabundance" of horses in the United States today?

The "unwanted horse" dilemma in the United States is akin to the awakening of a sleeping giant. Just how major the problem is and who or what i... Read More

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Atypical Causes of Stallion Infertility

May 18, 2008

It pays to think outside the box when considering possible causes of stallion infertility. The stallion's reproductive conformation, quality of sperm, and history can all impact his performance in the breeding shed.... Read More

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Diagnostics for the Chronically Infertile Mare

May 08, 2008

The diagnosis and treatment of chronically infertile mares is a complex process. Practitioners should utilize the available diagnostics, including cultures and cytology, along with endoscopy, to root out the myriad causes of this problem and increase... Read More

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Reproductive Anatomy: Basics of Life

April 04, 2008

A handy guide to the male and female reproductive tracts in horses.... Read More

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Readers Respond: Breeding Barrier

April 01, 2008

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Have you ever had a veterinarian perform a Caslick's procedure on a mare?"

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Reproductive Evaluation of the Stallion

February 01, 2007

When a veterinarian is considering a stallion's suitability as a breeding animal, the horse's history, current physical condition, and libido are just as important as his semen quality.... Read More

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From Breeding to Birth

February 01, 2007

Testing innovative techniques and brushing up on common procedures are the lifeblood of advancing any medical specialty, and the field of equine reproduction is no exception. Veterinarians are always looking for new ways to improve procedures they... Read More

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Maiden Mare Fertility

June 01, 2005

What could be causing fertility problems in an otherwise healthy mare?... Read More

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Mothers to Be

May 19, 2005

While the socialization process of transforming fillies and mares from racetrack careers into broodmares might be easier than it is for stallions, biologically it is significantly more complex for distaffers to begin their reproductive... Read More

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Preparation of the Mare for Normal Foaling

January 31, 2004

Riddle said that most mares are outside all of the time or are only brought up for feeding until they reach one month before their expected foaling date. Whatever is preferred, broodmares thrive on routine.... Read More

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Breeding The High-Risk Mare

January 31, 2004

With advances in modern veterinary medicine happening all of the time, the practitioners agreed that management of high-risk mares is becoming easier, and the probability of a healthy foal is increasing.... Read More

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The Infertile Mare

July 30, 2003

Sometimes it can be quite difficult to get a mare pregnant, especially if she has fertility problems. There are several reasons that a mare might be infertile, many of which can be treated. Two reproductive specialists from Lexington, Ky., share... Read More

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Evaluating Semen Quality

June 03, 2003

Stallion owners must determine if their stallions have what it takes physically to make a good breeding prospect, including good semen quality, before the start of the breeding season. In his presentation at the sixth annual Equine School at the... Read More

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A View Within: Reproductive Ultrasound

May 01, 2003

Ultrasound is often used to monitor ovarian activity and diagnose and monitor pregnancy and reproductive abnormalities.... Read More

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Find Reproductive Problems

November 01, 2002

Most of us associated with breeding mares and stallions can't wait for the season to end and don't want to think of barren mares and stallions until next year. However, the most opportune time to identify causes of infertility might be missed if... Read More