Les Sellnow

Les Sellnow is a free-lance writer based near Riverton, Wyo. He specializes in articles on equine research, and operates a ranch where he raises horses and livestock. He has authored several fiction and non-fiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse, published by Eclipse Press and available at www.exclusivelyequine.com or by calling 800/582-5604.

Articles by Les Sellnow

Breeding The Problem Mare With AI

"In my opinion, a mare that fails to become pregnant by AI with good semen quality and does so by natural cover without human intervention is an example of poor or inadequate breeding management by the personnel performing the AI," said Samper. Read More

Frozen Semen Use in Barren Mares

To rectify the lack of information problem, Barbacini and colleagues launched a study to determine the fertility of barren mares inseminated with either fresh or frozen-thawed semen. Researchers investigated the effects of mare age and uterine fluid Read More

Immunostimulants for Foals

A product that could stimulate the immune systems of newborn foals to better fight infection of Rhodococcus equi would be very beneficial, said Steeve Giguère, DVM, PhD, of the University of Florida, at the 2008 American Association of Equine Read More

DNA Testing for Twins (AAEP 2008)

Tissues from both the recipient and donor mare, as well as from the two stillborn foals, were submitted for microsatellite analysis. The analysis verified that the foals had identical genotypes and resulted from the transferred embryo. Read More

Managing Mules

More people today are turning to mules to take advantage of the temperament and work ethic of these horse/donkey crosses.

The population of mules in the United States is growing, although their numbers are still calculate Read More

Overbreeding

Who is at fault for the "overabundance" of horses in the United States today?

The "unwanted horse" dilemma in the United States is akin to the awakening of a sleeping giant. Just how major the problem is and who or what i Read More

Ethanol from Corn--Where's the Horse Feed?

Increased production of ethanol and other demands placed on traditional crops will force horse owners to look at feeding in a whole new light.

We often tend to view the equine industry as a separate entity--one that stands Read More

One Step Horsemanship (AAEP 2007)

In order to establish a good relationship with a horse, one has to spend hands-on time with them. We do this with pet dogs, he said, but often we don't bother spending time with our horses until we want to use them. They should be touched, groomed Read More

Healthy Horses Workshop: The Language of Gold

During the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, one day is set aside for horse owners in the area to listen to experts in the field lecture and demonstrate on specific aspects involved in the overall wellness, Read More

Horse Neglect: What to Do?

Experienced horse people who notice neglect should contact the proper authorities to ensure the best outcome for the horse involved.

Every morning on the way to work, you drive by a small pasture that contains seven Read More

Perinatology: End of Pregnancy Through Beginning of Life

Traditionally, one of the stronger parts of each AAEP convention program is the time devoted to reproduction. The convention held in Orlando was no exception. It began with an in-depth session titled "Perinatology--End of Pregnancy Through Read More

Acupuncture and Chiropractic: Healthy Horses Workshop

Acupuncture can be effective in treating chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders such as lameness, Heiderich told her listeners. She said it also can be beneficial for eye problems, mild colic, respiratory disorders, anhidrosis (the inability Read More

Stallion Reproduction (AAEP Milne Lecture)

Varner directed the final two hours to a discussion of stallion fertility and told the group, for example, that morphologically abnormal sperm often do not have a negative impact on normal sperm. Read More

Problem Breeder Mare

What do veterinarians involved with reproduction have in common with the fictitious Sherlock Holmes? Both play the role of detective in solving mysteries. With Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary character, the mystery generally involved identifying the p Read More

Freeze Branding for Identification

Instead of burning the flesh, freeze branding uses intense cold to kill pigment-producing cells. Read More

Tips to Predicting a Foal's Arrival


Familiarity with the foaling process and your mare is crucial to predicting birth, but you also can employ sensors, alarms, and video monitoring systems.

The act of foaling by a mare i Read More

Enhancing Stallion Fertility


Science and good management are keys to keeping stallions at top breeding performance. 

Another equine breeding season is only a short time away, with many breeding sheds Read More

When Foaling Goes Wrong

There is something magical about foaling time that involves more than just observing the start of a new life--special though that might be. In addition, it often is the fruition of months, even years, of planning and anticipation on the part of Read More

Synovitis


Good synovial health is essential for proper joint function.

A horse's joints are subjected to stresses, pressures, and cyclic trauma every day of the animal's life. The greatest stres Read More

Freezing Embryos


With breed registries admitting more than one foal per mare per year, the use of frozen embryos is becoming more mainstream.

The freezing of equine embryos is getting increased Read More

Older Horses Part 4: Hoof and Joint Care

The aging process brings with it some inevitable changes in horses. Read More

State of the Industry

The changing dynamics of the horse industry in the United States can be likened to the ocean tides. At high tide there were somewhere between 25 and 27 million equines in this country. At low tide, that number dipped to under four million. Today, Read More

Well-Equipped Breeding


Tips on what you might need to equip your stallion breeding station, from microscopes to AVs
The lexicon of the breeding shed has changed Read More

Got Bots?

Bots are pesky creatures, capable of causing irritation and physical damage to horses. They aren't categorized as being the worst of internal parasites, but they can cause problems externally and internally.

The external aspect is Read More

Older Horses: Dental Problems

More horse owners have become aware that good dental care is a key component in keeping a horse healthy. Read More