Breeding Planning


Understanding Breeding Soundness Exams for Mares

April 18, 2012

A breeding soundness exam should determine the probability of a mare conceiving and carrying a foal.... Read More


BHS: Think Before You Breed Your Mare

April 10, 2012

The BHS advises owners to give it serious thought before adding to the country's oversized horse population.... Read More


Approach to Assisted Equine Reproduction

March 14, 2012

Rob Foss, DVM, of Equine Medical Services in Columbia, Mo., describes reproductive technology for horses.... Read More


Contraceptive Evaluated for Use in British Semiferal Ponies

March 07, 2012

A contraceptive will be evaluated for use in a herd of semiferal ponies residing in Southwest England.... Read More


Dexamethasone Use in Broodmares at Breeding Time (AAEP 2011)

March 07, 2012

A single dose of dexamethasone at breeding time did not appear to interfere with ovulation.... Read More


Recombinant Hormones Make Mares Cycle in Winter (AAEP 2011)

February 17, 2012

Researchers reported success with inducing ovulation in winter anestrous mares via a new hormone therapy.... Read More


Teaching Novice Stallions to Use a Dummy Mount (AAEP 2011)

February 13, 2012

The time required to train a stallion to use a dummy mount can range from few days to several weeks.... Read More


Proper Use of Antibiotics for Uterine Infections (AAEP 2011)

February 01, 2012

Ensure a bacterial infection that will respond to antibiotics is actually present before beginning treatment.... Read More


Genetics: What Does it All Mean?

January 12, 2012

Researchers are making great headway in equine genetics; here's why this is important for horse health.... Read More


Appropriate Breeding Age

January 01, 2012

What is the correct age to breed a mare for the first time? I have strongly c... Read More


Artificial Insemination: What's New?

December 01, 2011

Precise timing and specialized tools are the mainstays of successful equine insemination.... Read More


Breeding Basics: The Mare's Reproductive Cycle

October 10, 2011

Christine Aurich, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECAR, composed a comprehensive report about mares' reproductive cycles.... Read More


"Unwanted" Horses

June 28, 2011

The United States has a growing problem with "unwanted" horses. This live chat event discussed many solutions.... Read More


Superstar Mating: Rachel Alexandra Bred to Curlin

February 21, 2011

Two horses crowned as Horse of the Year were bred Feb. 21 when female superstar Thoroughbred Rachel Alexandra was mated with the stallion Curlin. The mating took place at 9 a.m. (EST) at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.... Read More


Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Panel Adopts Changes

January 27, 2011

A committee that advises the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KRHC) on its breeders' incentive program met again Jan. 25 and approved three additional recommendations for ways in which the program should be changed.
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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.


Breeding Efficiency Analysis Useful for Breeders

January 03, 2011

If a horse farm experiences consistently low conception or foaling rates, it is likely that a step in breeding management is the cause rather than the breeding efficiency of the mare, according to Dave Freeman, PhD, Oklahoma State University ... Read More


Blood Test to Detect and Monitor Pregnancy in Mares

December 29, 2010

Veterinarians and breeders can now detect pregnancy in mares using an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test that detects estrogen molecules in a mare's blood sample and is cheaper and easier to perform than an ultrasound.... Read More


What's In Your Horse's DNA?

December 01, 2010

Geneticists have created tools and tests that enhance horse breeders' ability to select for healthy foals.... Read More


Safe Teasing

December 01, 2010

Consider the surroundings, the method, the horse, and the handler when teasing a mare for breeding.... Read More


Building a Horse Breeding Shed

December 01, 2010

Before you open a horse breeding operation, carefully consider the facilities and equipment required.... Read More


Feeding the Estrous Cycle: Tailoring the Mare's Diet

December 01, 2010

Mares must have a well-balanced diet and healthy body condition to cycle properly, conceive, and carry a foal.... Read More


Horse Reproduction Trends And Tools

December 01, 2010

Whether reproduction occurs through natural breeding or artificial insemination, techniques and tools exist to help mare and stallion owners achieve their final goal: a complication-free conception, a problem-free pregnancy, and a healthy foal.... Read More


Breeding Horse Nutrition

December 01, 2010

Regardless of general feeding guidelines for breeding horses, body condition score (BCS) is the most objective assessment of a horse's fat covering and also the best predictor of reproductive performance or efficiency.... Read More