Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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MRLS Research Funding Exceeds $2 million; More Needed

September 23, 2003

Funding figures from the University of Kentucky and non-university sources for research on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) were recently made available. The problem is estimated to have cost the horse industry in Kentucky nearly $500... Read More

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Breeders Granted $5 Million in Loans to Help with MRLS

September 23, 2003

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has approved $5,407,739.00 in low-interest loans for breeders in Central Kentucky who were negatively impacted by mare reproductive loss syndrome.

The program was developed b... Read More

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Oregon Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak

September 19, 2003

In the last month, 16 of the 19 horses at Brookhill Stables in Goble, Ore., and two horses from a nearby private farm, have showed respiratory and/or neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), although not all have been... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Setae in Digestive Tract of Mare

September 19, 2003

Hair remnants, resembling Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) setae (hair-like projections on the outside of the caterpillar), were found embedded in the submucosa of the digestive tract of one mare fed ETC larvae. Examination of this mare represents... Read More

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Bacterial Involvement in MRLS

September 15, 2003

Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC), plus some bacteria, plus a mechanism to deliver bacteria to blood, equals MRLS (mare reproductive loss syndrome). This summary of a hypothesis based on accumulating data was presented at a regular weekly meeting... Read More

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Setae and MRLS

September 12, 2003

Studies to determine the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) have led investigators to associate the syndrome with exposure to the Eastern tent caterpillar. Although the exact cause of MRLS remains unknown, some component of the oute... Read More

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A Hairy Situation

September 12, 2003

Another new word has been added to the equine world--setae (prounced see-tay). Why? Horses have hair, caterpillars have setae. There are some researchers who hold the belief that these hair-like projections on the skin of Eastern tent... Read More

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Irritating Caterpillars

September 12, 2003

While we all were irritated to some extent by the massive amounts of caterpillars in 2001 and 2002--stepping on them, having them climb our fences, houses, cars, gates, and everything else around our homes and farms--there is new evidence that... Read More

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Hyperimmune Plasma for WNV Horses

September 10, 2003

Veterinarians have been using an antibody product to treat West Nile virus (WNV) clinical signs, but its use for this purpose is currently off-label (not approved by the USDA). Currently, the hyperimmune plasma product HiGamm-Equi, by Lake... Read More

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Study Shows Caterpillars Cause Fetal Loss in Pigs; Problems Similar to MRLS

September 08, 2003

Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) caused fetal loss in domestic pigs based on a recent study, according to a press release issued Sept. 5 by the University of Kentucky. The experiment demonstrated for the first time that ETC could... Read More

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Pregnant Mares in Heat?

September 01, 2003

Can you supply me with a veterinary explanation on whether a mare that is in foal can come back into season? ... Read More

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Purchase, Design, and Management of the Farm

August 20, 2003

So you want to have your own horse farm. Should you build or buy? Hire a real estate agent or go out looking on your own? What about once you've acquired a facility--how do you manage the soil, fencing, employees, security, and manure? Four... Read More

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High-Tech Horse Raising

August 13, 2003

Tracking the growth of young horses is going high-tech with a computer program called Gro-Trac. Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), the program allows breeders to compare the growth rates of horses on their farms to others of the same... Read More

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First Cloned Horse Born

August 06, 2003

The world's first cloned horse, created by Italian scientists from a single skin cell taken from a mare, has been born, according to a Washington Post article.

The birth of the healthy foal, announced in Thursday's issue of the... Read More

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Foal Temperature Regulation

August 01, 2003

Q: I recently clipped my 1-week-old Norwegian Fjord colt as he was having a hard time with the 95-97-degree heat here in Florida. We at first thought he was really sick with a fever, but after ruling out everything else we (me,... Read More

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Older Mares: She Ain't What She Used to Be

August 01, 2003

Wear on the reproductive tract can make it more difficult for older mares to conceive and carry a foal.... Read More

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Second Mule Clone Born

August 01, 2003

The research team that made headlines in May after producing the world's first equine clone--a mule named Idaho Gem--on June 9 has repeated its success with the birth of another mule--Utah Pioneer.

Researchers Gordon Woods, DVM, MS, PhD,... Read More

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Chemical Implicated in Causing MRLS

August 01, 2003

Research has shown that it probably isn't a virus or bacteria (a biological agent) that links the Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Bill Bernard, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in... Read More

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The Infertile Mare

July 30, 2003

Sometimes it can be quite difficult to get a mare pregnant, especially if she has fertility problems. There are several reasons that a mare might be infertile, many of which can be treated. Two reproductive specialists from Lexington, Ky., share... Read More

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Vaccination Protocols and Internal Parasite Controls

July 29, 2003

Preventing infectious diseases and parasites from attacking our horses are primary concerns for every horse owner. James D. Smith, DVM, a practitioner at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates, PLLC, in Lexington, Ky., and Craig Reinemeyer, DVM, PhD,... Read More

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Third Equine Clone Born Healthy

July 28, 2003

The scientists who produced the world's first clone born to the horse family have announced that the third cloned mule foal was born yesterday (July 27).

The team includes Gordon Woods, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACT, and Dirk Vanderwall, DVM,... Read More

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First Sexed Offspring of the World's First Sexed Mare and Stallion Born

July 08, 2003

Researchers led by XY Inc., a global biotech company in Fort Collins, Colo., were recently successful in their quest to produce the first sex-selected offspring of the world’s first sex-selected mare and first sex-selected stallion. “First Lady”... Read More

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Wetting the Bed

July 01, 2003

I just started raising a few minis. This year I have a colt which was born with a urinary problem. He keeps dripping urine, not every minute but especially when he lies down. His genital area will be wet, just like kids when they sleep and... Read More

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Slow-Starting Stallion

July 01, 2003

We just started using a 3-year-old Quarter Horse stallion for breeding. He is sort of interested and will rub his head on the mare a bit, but he drops about half-way, then up, down, up, down. He doesn't seem shy or anxious, just lazy, like a... Read More

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A Meal Away from Mom

July 01, 2003

The question of whether to feed foals concentrate separate from mares (called creep feeding) has often posed a dilemma for horse owners. On one hand, owners want to be certain that foals are getting all required nutrients and growing to their... Read More