Recent News for Breeding Basics

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Feeding Foals

July 13, 2015

A foal's diet during the first year impacts his musculoskeletal health and future athletic performance.... Read More

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Thinking Outside the Breeding Shed

June 17, 2015

Infertile mare? Deceased stallion? No problem! Equine reproduction is now high-tech enough to overcome these hurdles.... Read More

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Caring for Critically Ill Newborn Foals

June 03, 2015

Learn about healthy foals, problems that are common in newborns, how veterinarians treat these issues, and more.... Read More

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The Equine Genetic Toolbox

May 27, 2015

Genetic testing reveals differences in an individual's DNA that result in traits from coat color to muscle function.... Read More

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The Equine DNA Roadmap

May 05, 2015

Find out what the equine genome can tell us about our horses and preventing genetic disease.... Read More

Sick neonatal foals endure great physiological stress and are highly susceptible to infection.

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Researchers Confirm IgG Values for Predicting Foal Survival

May 04, 2015

Foals with IgG levels lower than 800 mg/dL are more likely to die than those with levels greater than 800 mg/dL.... Read More

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Why are Two Siblings Out of the Same Mare so Different?

April 30, 2015

An equine behavior expert addresses contradictory characteristics between foals out of one mare born different years.... Read More

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How Your Horse Got His Color (And Why You Should Care)

April 28, 2015

A horse's coat color genetics are important not just for aesthetic reasons; they can also have health implications.... Read More

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13 Ways to Predict Ovulation in Mares

April 22, 2015

Horse breeding is only as effective as your ability to predict a mare's impending ovulation. Here's how vets do so.... Read More

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Pregnancy Failure in Horses: Why Things Go Wrong

April 16, 2015

Pregnancy failure in mares is a very real risk; here's how to prevent or handle it.... Read More

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Fertility Control Study in National Park Service Mares

April 16, 2015

The National Park Service is studying the use of fertility control vaccines to control feral horse populations.... Read More

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Can a Mare's Personality Change After Her First Foal?

April 09, 2015

Dr. Nancy Diehl addresses a question about why a mare might respond differently to training after having her first foal.... Read More

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Double Trouble: Multiple Ovulations in Mares

April 04, 2015

Researchers recently evaluated multiple ovulations and how vets can detect them and, thus, prevent twin pregnancies.... Read More

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Researchers Review Gastrocnemius Muscle Rupture in Foals

March 28, 2015

A rupture to this hind leg muscle can be fatal. Here's what to watch for in young foals.... Read More

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Normal Mare and Newborn Foal Behavior

March 26, 2015

Find out what to expect as your mare goes into labor and during your foal's first hours of life.... Read More

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Managing Breeding Stallions

March 19, 2015

Dr. Nancy Diehl offers advice on keeping stallions happy and safe during routine handling and breeding. ... Read More

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Embryo Transfer: From One Mare to Another

March 18, 2015

The technology behind equine embryo transfers means exciting assisted reproduction options are on the horizon.... Read More

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Differences Between Mares and Geldings

March 12, 2015

Dr. Nancy Diehl addresses common behavior differences between mares and geldings and their causes.... Read More

Pinto coloring looks as though someone has splashed white paint over an otherwise-colored horse, or colored paint over an otherwise-white horse, leaving large splotches (which are larger than an Appaloosa’s spots). Paint and pinto colors are controlled by several different genes and come in a variety of colors and combinations.

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Before You Breed: Costs and Considerations

March 12, 2015

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

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Study: Genetic Differences in Racing, Cutting Quarter Horses

February 22, 2015

Researchers identified specific genes that distinguish racing-type Quarter Horses from cutting-type Quarter Horses.... Read More

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Genetic Disorders: Breed by Breed

February 11, 2015

By knowing what conditions certain horses are predisposed to, owners and breeders can take preventive steps.... Read More

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Managing Foal Rejection

February 06, 2015

From physical restraint to pharmaceutical intervention, learn how veterinarians manage this uncommon phenomenon.... Read More

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32 and My Horse

January 24, 2015

Ernie Bailey, PhD, believes consumer genetics companies could be valuable to the horse industry. Here's why.... Read More

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Top Equine Reproduction Studies of 2014

January 20, 2015

Studies covered biofilms, chilled and frozen semen, endometritis, placentitis, oxidative stress and fertility, 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

January 17, 2015

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