Reproductive System

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The Facts of Life

December 01, 2003

The fertilization of an egg and subsequent growth of one tiny cell into the perfect foal is a very complex process. Understanding the various stages of development can help you understand how pregnancies can be challenged and what's going on in... Read More

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Stallion Breeding: Can He or Can't He?

November 01, 2003

Regardless of the number of mares being bred, it is important to monitor the stallion's reproductive success in order to maintain his reputation and give yourself time to address any problems he might have. ... Read More

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Early Season Breeding: Let There Be Light!

October 01, 2003

Because of the demands of competition and sales, following the natural reproductive cycle dictated by Mother Nature often doesn't fit into man's breeding program. While Mother Nature's time frame stipulates that the mare should be receptive to... Read More

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The Inner Mare

July 01, 2003

Owners of mares should know correct anatomical terminology, have a working knowledge of the normal reproductive cycle, and be acquainted with common problems that could occur. The following article is designed to help mare owners understand the... Read More

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What Boys Are Made Of

June 01, 2003

An appreciation of normal reproductive anatomy is essential to the competent physical examination of the stallion's reproductive tract. If you are involved in breeding, then you should be familiar with what is considered normal so you know when... Read More

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A View Within: Reproductive Ultrasound

May 01, 2003

Since the early 1980s, the use of ultrasound has revolutionized our understanding of mare reproductive physiology, and with it stud management. Ultrasound allows the practitioner to diagnose problems and monitor reproductive activity with... Read More

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No Live Foal Guarantees

February 01, 2003

Subconsciously, you've been holding your breath for months. From the moment your mare was confirmed in foal, it's been a tense waiting game. And although she will be foaling soon, you know a healthy foal is still anything but a given. Between... Read More

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Environment and Hormones

January 01, 2003

Some natural and man-made compounds in the environment can disrupt the delicate reproduction hormone balance in many species, possibly including horses. Her suggestion was that although this cause of reproductive dysfunction had not been studied in h... Read More

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Bluegrass Equine Reproduction Symposium: Stallions

October 30, 2002

A four-day seminar focusing on reproduction education for veterinarians was hosted by Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 23-26 This is the fifth year for a fall seminar hosted by the group, which now alternates with a... Read More

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In the Aftermath of Birth--Retained Placenta

January 01, 2002

The birth of a foal is a wondrous event; if all goes well, it is over quickly as the mare goes through the three stages of labor. The first stage generally involves restlessness as the mare paces the stall, paws, lies down, gets back up, and... Read More

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Ovulation

November 01, 2001

There is a rhythm to nature. Season follows season, with each having a specific purpose to serve in the grand scheme of things. There is a time for planting, a time for growing, a time for harvesting, and a time for resting to prepare for the... Read More

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Persistent Uterine Infections

October 16, 2001

T he question that begs an answer concerning uterine infections, in the mind of Jim Briddle, DVM, Riverton, Wyo., isn't so much why they occur, but, rather, why they don't occur more frequently.

"It has always been amazing to me," says the... Read More

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Uterine Cysts

October 15, 2001

The equine uterus, in a manner of speaking, could be compared to a house. When a house is snug and solid with no broken windows, holes in the roof, drafts, or plugged drains, it is a comfortable place in which to live. If, however, there are... Read More

Straw, the byproduct of grain production, is economical horse bedding. While it’s not as absorbent as other options, straw is often recommended for foaling stalls because it won’t stick to wet newborns.

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Equine Reproduction--The Essential Elements

June 01, 2001

Learn the basics of reproduction in the horse and how to use them to you the best results.... Read More

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Breeding the Older Mare

December 01, 1999

Older mares' reproductive ability declines, and getting and keeping them pregnant become more problematic.... Read More

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Cryptorchid Surgery

September 01, 1999

It’s time to have your young colt gelded, so you make an appointment with your veterinarian. He arrives on the designated day and examines the colt prior to the surgery, then informs you that your colt is a bilateral cryptorchid and will need... Read More

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Testicular Descent

April 01, 1999

A discussion of cryptorchidism in young stallions is fraught with controversy. Everyone agrees on what constitutes cryptorchidism, but that sometimes is as far as agreement goes. We know that the condition involves the retention of one or both... Read More

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AAEP Convention 1998 Wrap-Up

February 01, 1999

Wonder where your veterinarian was the first week in December? If he or she is at the top of the game as an equine practitioner, you probably could find him or her enjoying the weather in Baltimore, Md., site of the 44th American Association of... Read More

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Fetal Development and Foal Growth

January 01, 1999

Foals born to mares which do not receive proper nourishment during gestation could be born weak.... Read More

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Regulating Estrus in Mares

December 01, 1998

Having mares come into estrus at regular intervals can be an important assist in maintaining his fertility.... Read More

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The Sub-Fertile Stallion

March 01, 1998

When we consider that foaling rates overall range somewhere in the neighborhood of 55-60% it becomes instantly obvious that simply covering a mare and getting a foal are not a sure thing. The problem is not always with the mare. ... Read More

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Sub-Fertile Mares

February 01, 1998

A broodmare which fails to conceive or carry a foal to term can be an emotional and financial liability. For the backyard breeder, the liability might be primarily emotional, when that special mare you wanted to produce your next trail horse or... Read More

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Estrous Cycle Primer

January 01, 1998

For all things there is a time and a season. Nowhere is this more true than in equine reproduction. Nature has established a definite time and season for mares to conceive and bear foals. It is a very sensible approach on the part of... Read More

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Stallion Anatomy and Physiology

December 01, 1996

Breeding horses is a precarious business at best. Despite great strides in research, conception rates overall are not high. Some researchers place them as low as 55-60% of all mares bred. In many cases, blame is placed on the mare. Sh... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology of a Mare's Reproductive System

November 01, 1996

Moody. Inscrutable. Temperamental. Cantankerous. Mares seem to get tagged with such stereotypical labels. When your female equine displays inappropriate behavior, you might hear someone snort, "Typical mare!" Your mare's nature and individual... Read More