Recent News for Breeding Basics

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Mares Behaving Badly: Is it Estrus or Something Else?

March 17, 2017

Find out if your mare's frustrating antics are due to estrus, and learn about ways to keep them in check. ... Read More

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Behind the Coat: Equine Color Genetics Revealed

March 12, 2017

Dr. Annette McCoy explains how horse color is a great example of something called "simple inheritance."... Read More

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Evaluating Neonatal Foals and Post-Partum Mares at Foal-Heat

March 12, 2017

Have a vet ensure your foal is developing well and your mare is ready for her next mating at her foal heat.... Read More

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Tweets from Rood & Riddle's Client Education Seminar

February 23, 2017

Read the top tweets and take-homes from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital's client education seminar.... Read More

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New Nonsurgical Equine Sterilization Technique in the Works

February 23, 2017

While the actual product might still be several years away, researchers are currently testing "promising technologies."... Read More

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MSTN Gene: Not Just for Evaluating Racehorse Potential

February 15, 2017

The gene appears to affect horses' muscular ability to carry out specific gaits, such as the tolt in Icelandics.... Read More

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Time to Thrive: Neonatal Health Concerns

February 14, 2017

A look at health risks and survival rates among equine neonates.... Read More

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Warm Winter Could Affect Tall Fescue Toxicosis in Broodmares

February 11, 2017

Mild weather could be behind higher-than-average ergovaline concentrations in tall fescue in Central Kentucky pastures.... Read More

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Feed Weanlings Carefully to Support Growth, Reduce DOD

January 23, 2017

A forage-based, total mixed-ration cube fed free choice supported weanling growth rates without increasing DOD cases.... Read More

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Scientists Find Genes Behind Crooked Legs in Shetland Ponies

January 18, 2017

A hereditary disease--skeletal atavism--leads to disturbed skeletal development and usually requires euthanasia.... Read More

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Late-Term Troubles

January 13, 2017

Learn about five complications veterinarians might encounter toward the end of a mare's gestation.... Read More

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Collecting Colostrum

January 13, 2017

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

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Dealing With Equine Dystocias

January 13, 2017

A difficult birth can be life-threatening for both mare and foal if not handled promptly and properly.... Read More

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Evolution of Italy's Horse Breeds Studied

January 05, 2017

Italian horses are product of diversity coming from across Europe, Asia, and northern Africa, researchers found.... Read More

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Breeding the Older Mare

December 30, 2016

As a mare's fertility wanes, there are still steps--some simple, some cutting-edge--breeders can take to obtain a foal.... Read More

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What's Behind a Horse of a Different Color?

December 29, 2016

Gene variations in individual horses can result in an unexpected color for a certain breed or mating.... Read More

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TheHorse.com's Top Videos of 2016

December 27, 2016

View videos on vision, fear, the hoof, assessing the foal after birth, EIPH, trimming old horses' hooves, and more.... Read More

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Foaling Tendencies and Dystocia Rates in New Zealand

December 25, 2016

Foal size (and, indirectly, sex) appear to contribute to dystocia, especially among mares in New Zealand.... Read More

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2017 UK Equine Showcase, Breeders' Short Course Scheduled

December 23, 2016

Lecture topics will include vaccinations, disease surveillance, foal nutrition, R. equi, biosecurity, and more.... Read More

A mare's teats will become waxy around one to four days before foaling, and sometimes sooner.

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Preparing Mares for Foaling

December 16, 2016

Rapid changes occur in the last months of gestation, making it important that owners monitor mares closely.... Read More

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Genetic Mutation Behind Albino Donkeys Pinpointed

December 15, 2016

A missense mutation is behind the donkeys' lack of pigmentation, researchers learned.... Read More

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Ready Mares in Fall for Foals in Spring

December 01, 2016

Reproductive health, vaccination status, and nutrition are key to readying your mare to care for her foal.... Read More

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Scientists Find Gene Behind Equine Sex Development Disorder

December 01, 2016

Androgen receptor gene mutations can make a male fetus develop as a structurally sound filly, at least on the outside.... Read More

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Before You Breed: Costs and Considerations

November 20, 2016

Ensure your decision to breed is the right one and that you're prepared to handle the costs and commitments involved.... Read More

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom arrives early morning at Pimlico on May 21, 2011, at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Md.

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Breeding the Newly Retired Stallion

November 18, 2016

Owners can take several steps to ensure a successful transition from athletic to breeding performance.... Read More