Mare Care

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Reproductive Challenges: Barren Mares

October 16, 2001

The anticipation and jubilation surrounding the arrival of the first foals of the new year have come for many of us. It is interesting how transient that celebration is. In fact, we are applauding Mother Nature and the victories of last year's... Read More

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Without Warning: Dystocia

October 16, 2001

Eleven months is a long time to wait for the birth of a foal. Even with the best of care, things can go wrong and interrupt the normal development of the fetus and/or compromise the health of the mare.

When the day (or as is often the case,... Read More

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Late Gestation Mare Management

October 15, 2001

The final months of a mare's gestation period are anxious ones. As an owner during those final weeks, one is filled with anticipation now that the date of birth is approaching. At the same time, there are those disquieting concerns about... 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

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Hemorrhage in the Broodmare

October 11, 2001

A mare is at the greatest risk of a deadly complication associated with foaling known as hemorrhage in the 24-48 hours after giving birth. However, it is important to note that hemorrhage can occur at any time during gestation, and that it shoul... Read More

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Foal Rejection

October 11, 2001

To understand why foal rejection occurs and how to prevent it, you must first realize what is normal post-foaling maternal behavior.... Read More

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Preparing for Foaling

October 11, 2001

This article will describe procedures that should be done before foaling, the events that take place just prior to foaling, what events take place during a normal foaling--along with the normal post-foaling events--and will describe some of... Read More

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Maternal Behavior

October 11, 2001

"She can go from sweetheart to witch in a split second," is often an apt description for a broodmare with foal at side, or, in some cases, a mare which is approaching parturition. Maternal behavior in mares can range all the way from being a... Read More

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Breeding on Foal Heat

October 10, 2001

The mare has a long gestational period and to be a yearly producer she must be back in foal, on average, 25 days from giving birth. It is important to understand all the processes that take place in the period from parturition to the restoration... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis

October 09, 2001

Mares grazing on tall fescue pastures infected with a toxin have increased gestation lengths, mare and foal deaths, agalactia (absent milk secretion after birth), retained placentas, premature separation of the placenta at birth, and... Read More

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AAEP 1995 Convention Roundup

October 04, 2001

A total of 2,351 equine veterinarians--a record attendance--descended on Lexington for the 41st annual American Association of Equine Practitioners convention. Committee business dominated the day on Dec. 2, with 21 of the association's 40... Read More

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Breeding Facilities

October 03, 2001

Any way you look at it, building a barn is a major undertaking. Doing it right the first time, to avoid headaches later, is the smart approach. In addition to the usual considerations of location, aesthetics, cost, and... Read More

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Oxytocin and Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy

October 03, 2001

A research report from the laboratory at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky noted that it is well-established that early conceptus loss (the embryo and its... Read More

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More on Panic Attacks

October 01, 2001

Readers Respond

August's Behavior column (article #914) sparked heated debate about euthanasia for horses with incurable panic attacks. This month we feature two readers' responses and the author's comments.

It was a... Read More

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Breeding With Chilled and Frozen Semen

September 26, 2001

Artificial Insemination (AI) involves the introduction of sperm into the reproductive tract of the mare without natural mating. AI in the horse was first practiced long ago. Ancient Arabian texts describe how mares were successfully inseminated.... Read More

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Embryo Transfer for Horses

September 18, 2001

One plus one plus one equals one. The stallion, dam, and surrogate dam probably never met, but all three contributed to produce a foal. Today's assisted breeding technologies can overcome the constraints of distance, competitive involvement,... Read More

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Ovariectomy

September 17, 2001

Ovariectomy is a procedure that generally is performed to remove an abnormal ovary. Occasionally, an ovariectomy is performed in fillies or mares which have particularly bad behavior during their heat cycle in an effort to make them more... Read More

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Working Moms

September 13, 2001

Back in the days when horses pulled the plows and harvesting machines across agricultural America, it was not uncommon to see a team of horses trudging over a field with a young foal trailing behind one of the mares. Many farmers could not affor... Read More

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Return to Nature With Pasture Breeding

September 13, 2001

In a world of artificial insemination and embryo transfer, simplicity can prevail. Registered stallions and mares can breed with minimal human intervention, through natural cover in the pasture. Pasture breeding continues as an... Read More

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Are You My Mother?: Maternal Behavior

September 12, 2001

Anyone who has witnessed a foal's first few minutes in this world might agree that one of the most miraculous parts of the process is the way a mare greets and bonds with her newborn. With a deep sniff at the baby's nostrils, that distinctive... Read More

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Advice On Getting Mares In Foal After Losses

June 07, 2001

Bob Douglas, PhD, owner of BET Labs in Kentucky, specializes in working with veterinarians and farm owners to assist in reproductive problems of mares and stallions. He works with Northern and Southern Hemisphere breeders, and said his clients... Read More

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Dirty Mares

June 01, 2001

Vet Q&A: My veterinarian said my mare probably didn't conceive this year because she was "dirty." We treated her and cleared up her problem, but what are our chances of getting her pregnant, and could she get "dirty" again?

The term... Read More

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Mare Savages Foal

June 01, 2001

Mares which unpredictably savage a foal in this manner typically savage again if given the opportunity, either with a surviving target foal or with subsequent foals.... 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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High-Performance Broodmares?

June 01, 2001

Q: I have heard that breeding a mare does irreversible damage to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles -- that once a mare is bred, she can't return to the performance ring, i.e., reining. Any reports or information on mares that have been... Read More