Mare Care

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Single-Dose WNV Booster Effective for Pregnant Mares (AAEP 2009)

February 01, 2010

When we only had one vaccine for West Nile virus (WNV) in horses, vaccination was quite simple. Then when different types of vaccines came along, the waters got a little muddier, especially for pregnant mares in which breeders feared risking no... Read More

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Pregnant Personality

February 01, 2010

I have a 7-year-old Morgan mare who is pregnant for the first time. She was orphaned at foaling but got a nurse mare quickly, and has always been overly friendly and sweet. However, at several months in foal she has become aggressive and nippy.... Read More

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Broodmare C-Section: Subsequent Fertility and Foaling Rates (AAEP 2009)

January 30, 2010

Cesarean sections, or C-sections, are performed on approximately 15%-25% of pregnant mares admitted to equine hospitals for dystocia (difficult or abnormal labor or delivery). C-sections are also performed as elective procedures or in cases whe... Read More

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Pregnant Mare Exercise: No Negative Effect on Fetuses in Study

January 28, 2010

Some of us tend to think we should keep a broodmare's physical efforts down to a minimum. But new research shows the heart rates of 9-month-old fetuses remained unchanged during and after maternal exercise.... 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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Steps to Keep Your Newborn Foal Healthy

January 06, 2010

Knowing how a normal foal should behave and when to call the veterinarian can go a long way toward avoiding a trip to an equine neonatal intensive care unit. Pamela Wilkins, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, is head of equine medicine and surgery ... Read More

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Placentitis Research Could Help Prevent Late-Term Abortions

December 18, 2009

Placentitis, which often is caused by an ascending infection that enters the mare's uterus through the cervix, is the single most important cause of premature delivery of a foal. Placentitis accounts for nearly one-third of late-term aborti... Read More

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Gestational Weight Gain in Mares

December 16, 2009

It's generally known that a mare gains weight during gestation, but University of Kentucky (UK) researchers are studying how much weight a normal mare should gain for the health of the fetus.

A 1,100-pound mare will produce a foa... Read More

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Broodmare Diet Impacts Placenta and Colostrum

December 04, 2009

The diet you offer your gestating mare, particularly in the last trimester, can influence development of the placenta as well as the level of immunoglobulins (IgGs) in the colostrum, reports a research team from North Dakota and... Read More

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Mare and Foal Thriving After Nebraska Ranch Rescue

November 26, 2009

A mustang mare believed to be around 38 years old is thriving, and has delivered a healthy filly since authorities removed her and 209 other horses from the 3-Strikes... Read More

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Late Term Abortion in Mares Reviewed for World Equine Veterinarians

November 07, 2009

Failure to conceive and early embryonic death both negatively impact the equine breeding industry; however, late-term abortions also occur and should not be ignored, said Michelle M. LeBlanc, DMV, Dipl. ACT, from Rood & Riddle Equine... Read More

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Foaling Among Peers

November 01, 2009

We have a 20-year-old Paint mare due to foal soon. Her pasturemate is a 15-year-old open mare who has had prev... Read More

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Equine Reproduction Course Offered for Ontario Horse Owners

November 01, 2009

A two-day equine Reproduction course, designed for anyone interested in learning about artificial insemination (AI) techniques for horses, will be offered Nov. 7-8, 2009, in Clinton, Ontario, at the Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre o... Read More

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Mares' Social Bonds Might Enhance Reproductive Success

October 07, 2009

Mares that form close social bonds with other mares have improved pregnancy, foal birth, and foal survival rates, said a group of researchers studying wild herds in the North Island of New Zealand. The mares' enhanced reproductive... Read More

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Study Sheds Doubt on Marbles' Effect on Mare Heat Cycles

September 26, 2009

Many people have offered solutions to overcome the problems of inconsistent performance while mares are in heat. One method popular with owners today is the implantation of marbles as glass intrauterine devices (IUDs).

"The original paper... Read More

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Equine Reproduction Advances: Filly Born a Year after Dam's Death

August 14, 2009

Mira, a foal born Aug. 4, runs happily in Binghamton, N.Y., even though her mother died almost a year ago from a ruptured intestine. Her birth was made possible through a team at Cornell that might be among the first to successfully extract... Read More

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MRLS Foal Losses in Kentucky Increased Slightly in 2009

August 12, 2009

Between May 5 and June 15, the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) diagnosed 13 foal loss cases caused by mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in Central Kentucky. This number was up slightly from 2003-2008 when only three to five cases... Read More

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Sarcoids, Pain Management Among WCVM Horse Research Studies

July 08, 2009

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) has allocated a total of $69,000 to five new equine health research projects--all of which cover topics of vital importance for researchers and for horse owners.... Read More

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Ins and Outs of Equine Lactation

July 01, 2009

Lactation is a very important function in a mare. So important, in fact, that two lives depend on it. A mare's body will sacrifice her foal's health to save her own life ... both during gestation and after foaling. In other words, you must feed her... Read More

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Uterine Inflammation, AAEP 2008

June 26, 2009

The mare's reproductive tract is similar to the respiratory tract in that both have mucosal immune systems. In both areas, the mucosal immune system is capable of producing excessive quantities of mucus when persistently irritated. Robert C.... Read More

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Tall Fescue Control in Horse Pastures

June 22, 2009

Managers on Kentucky horse farms prefer pastures used for grazing pregnant mares to be composed of Kentucky bluegrass and orchardgrass and little, if any, tall fescue. Most of the tall fescue in Kentucky pastures is "KY 31," and essentially all... Read More

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Control of Sexual Behavior in Mares and Stallions

June 01, 2009

Learn about controlling sexual behavior in equine athletes so it impacts performance less. ... Read More

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Foal Rejection and Maternal Behavior

May 11, 2009

Foal rejection is a heartbreaking twist to an otherwise normal foaling and unless the mare has rejected a foal before, there is no way to predict if and when it will happen.... Read More