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Reef to Speak on Ultrasound Examination of Fetal Well-Being

December 18, 2013

Reef will explain why ultrasound is critical to assessing foal viability during a high-risk pregnancy.... Read More

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Female Equine Embryo Survival Studied

December 20, 2012

Researchers evaluated female embryo survival can be enhanced under conditions that tend to favor male births.... Read More

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Premature Partuition

June 01, 2012

We have a 19-year-old broodmare that bagged up and developed edema... 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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Fertilization and Early Pregnancy Loss in Mares

April 27, 2012

One of the most important causes of embryo loss during early gestation is post-breeding endometritis.... Read More

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Handling Dystocia on the Farm (AAEP 2011)

January 24, 2012

Owners or caretakers should be prepared for emergencies when mares are scheduled to foal. ... Read More

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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

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Study: ECGs for Maternal and Fetal Heart Rate Evaluations

July 14, 2011

Using a fetomaternal electrocardiogram (ECG, a noninvasive way to measure electrical changes in the heart) to ... Read More

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Researchers Examine the Secret Life of Equine Embryos

May 07, 2011

A mare's pregnancy might not seem that complicated on the surface, but her relationship with the embryo and its adjacent parts--in total, the conceptus--is remarkably complex. In order to prevent early embryonic loss, the conceptus must interrupt her... Read More

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Determining Fetal Gender: Practice Makes Perfect (AAEP 2010)

March 01, 2011

For nearly 20 years, veterinarians have been determining fetal gender using transrectal ultrasound. While it's exciting for a mare owner to know the sex of the new addition before it arrives, just how accurate are these ultrasound procedures?... Read More

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Manual Reduction of Twins in Mares (AAEP 2010)

January 30, 2011

While a mare with twins by her side is rare and sometimes celebrated, twinning in horses is actually dangerous for the mare, especially during delivery. More often than not, one of the twins, generally the smaller and weaker of the two, will die ... Read More

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Dummy Foal Syndrome (Equine Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome)

December 01, 2010

Foals exhibit abnormal, often vague behaviors and/or neurologic signs during their first few days of life. ... Read More

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Monitoring Fetal Heart Rate in Horses

December 01, 2010

Is it possible to hear a fetal horse's heart rate with a high-quality stethoscope? If so, at about what stage ... Read More

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TEM Aids in Understanding Developing Horse

June 25, 2010

Researchers used a modern TEM to better understand the unique aspects of the developing horse.... Read More

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Hormone Therapy Might Prevent Equine Abortion

March 17, 2010

Veterinarians might be able to prevent abortions in some pregnant mares that show premature mammary development, Dietrich H. Volkmann, BVSc, MMedVet (Gyn), Dipl. ACT, told equine veterinarians at the 2010 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb... Read More

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Fetal Heart Rate Measurements Aid Health Monitoring

February 26, 2010

Fetal heart rate monitoring during the second half of pregnancy can help veterinarians easily and reliably assess the health of the unborn foal, according to new research by German and Austrian veterinary scientists. However, it's unlikely to give ... 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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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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Monitoring Fetal Growth via Ultrasonography

October 04, 2009

Ultrasonography is a valuable tool for detecting pregnancy and establishing pregnancy loss, but it can also be used to evaluate equine fetal growth, said W.K. (Karin) Hendriks, DVM, Dipl. ECAR. Veterinarians could use a combination of... Read More

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ELISA Blood Test for Equine Pregnancy Tracking Available

May 07, 2009

Horsemen have a new option when checking mares for pregnancy this breeding season. Biotracking, a company created by Garth Sasser, PhD, a professor of animal science at the University of Idaho, came up with a blood test for ruminants (BioPRYN) a... Read More

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Early Embryonic Loss and Genetics

April 22, 2009

Chromosomes are large segments of DNA wound around special proteins within each cell's nucleus. They contain nearly all of the body's genetic material. Horses have 64 chromosomes (or 32 pairs) including the two sex chromosomes (XY in males and X... Read More

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Impending Arrival

December 01, 2008

Determining when a mare will foal is art and science, but there are tests to help you pinpoint the due date.

Gestation in mares is estimated to last about 340 days, but this is just an average, since mares often foal as... Read More

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Breeding Equipment

October 01, 2008

Want your mare in Texas bred to a stallion in Germany? It’s easy with today's equipment and technology.... Read More

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Predicting Mare Delivery Dates: The Eyes Have It

August 03, 2006

Thanks to a University of Pennsylvania study, owners of small ponies can now predict their pregnant mares' delivery dates simply by looking into their unborn foals' eyes. During a two-year project, researchers in the university's School of... Read More

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Monitoring Pregnancy

December 01, 2005

Preparations for breeding and the act of getting a mare bred involve dedicated time and commitment by a horse owner. Then it seems as if all that needs to be done is to sit back and wait for the foaling date. But this is not quite so; it is... Read More

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Australian Mystery Disease Update

December 01, 2004

On Dec. 1, we received additional information from the Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre (HVERC), a research facility adjacent to Scone racetrack in the heart of the Australian breeding area, on a problem that is causing sporadic abortions... Read More