August 08, 2008
For more than 100 years, equine researchers have been examining why gray horses that are losing hair pigmentation are often concurrently affected by melanomas—tumors characterized by a massive production of the pigment melanin.
According... Read More
July 24, 2008
In this exclusive report, The Blood-Horse investigates whether the Thoroughbred racehorse is as tough today as it was 30 to 40 years ago. Editors of The Blood-Horse recently sought the answer to this question by producing a... Read More
July 09, 2008
The American Quarter Horse Foundation recently donated $50,000 to Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) to advance equine health through MAF's Equine Consortium for Genetic Research (ECGR) project. The consortium includes 18 equine research institutes... Read More
July 01, 2008
We've had bad news following bad news lately with the loss of some of the top horses in equestrian... Read More
June 05, 2008
Four speakers discussed advances in assisted reproduction to wrap up the session on the emerging science of horse breeding at the Kentucky International Equine Summit, held in Lexington, Ky., April 28-29. The speakers agreed that the key is not... Read More
May 24, 2008
"For years we've taught the industry about reproduction, but we haven't taught about breeding," said Gary Carpenter, executive director of the American Quarter Horse Foundation during a roundtable at the International Equine Summit, held in... Read More
May 22, 2008
The first foal sired by a cloned stallion is now nearly a month old. The filly, named Pierazade du Vialaret, is the first get of stallion Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion, a clone of two-time World Champion endurance horse Pieraz.
The original... Read More
May 06, 2008
Cataracts have been found to be heritable in Belgians, Morgans, Thoroughbreds, Rocky Mountain Horses, and Quarter Horses. In other instances, cataracts can develop secondary to trauma or due to chronic inflammation from uveitis (moon blindness).... Read More
April 29, 2008
Prometea, the blazed Haflinger who gained notoriety in 2003 as the world's first horse clone, has given birth to a colt. Today the Laboratorio di Tecnologie della Riproduzione (LTR) in Cremona, Italy, announced the March 17 arrival of Pegaso, who... Read More
April 19, 2008
Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) is like an autoimmune response, tending to be a dynamic process with shifts in immune reactivity that cause a waxing and waning of uveitis episodes.... Read More
April 15, 2008
During centuries of isolation on the Carolina sea islands, the short-legged, sway-backed Marsh Tacky horses became perfectly suited for toiling long hours in the swamps and oppressive humidity.
But their wild looks and workhorse... Read More
April 11, 2008
A genetic mutation in an enzyme called muscle glycogen synthase might be responsible for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM)--a debilitating and life-threatening disease in horses characterized by abnormally high glycogen (the storage form of... Read More
March 28, 2008
Suffering dramatic drops in numbers of registered animals, several European draft horse breed societies are coming up with targeted promotional campaigns in order to keep their breeds alive.
In England, the critically endangered Suffolk is... Read More
February 01, 2008
Take more than 1,000 veterinarians and veterinary students from around the globe, some armed with presentations representing thousands of hours worth of equine research, and add to it some tartan, bagpipes, and Scottish fare. Drop it all into a... Read More
January 29, 2008
More than 100 horses currently being cared for by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will take part in a study at Texas A&M University that will attempt to identify genes in horses predisposed to fractures and catastrophic injuries... Read More
January 13, 2008
Mapping the horse genome used to be a pie-in-the-sky type of wish for veterinary geneticists: Understanding the genetic makeup of the horse could help them unlock a plethora of equine health mysteries and improve horse care. It was a tough... Read More
January 05, 2008
Curly is on its way to becoming the fashion in France--not only in the hairdressers' salons, but in the stables, including a new equestrian center just north of the Riviera.
Since 2000, American Bashkir Curly breeding farms have been popping u... Read More
January 03, 2008
Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada, recently published a study indicating that light-colored horses diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV) might be more likely to succumb to the disease than their... Read More
December 03, 2007
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December 01, 2007
Looking to breed for spots and have certainty about it?
Breeders trying to produce horses with tobiano coloring have a new tool, available through genetic research, to help them select their breeding stock.