Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Some To Grow On

November 02, 2001

The studies have been done, the jury is in, and the verdict is unanimous: if you want your foals to achieve their optimum growth, with the least risk of developmental orthopedic disorders like contracted tendons and physitis, plan to "creep feed"... Read More

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Unusual Placentitis Cases Decrease

November 02, 2001

The cases of nocardioform placentitis in Central Kentucky fell from 144 cases during the 1999 foaling season to 48 in 2000, according to a report in Equine Disease Quarterly, a publication funded by Underwriters At Lloyd's of London,... Read More

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USDA Seeks EVA Comments

November 02, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture needs your help to develop an equine viral arteritis (EVA) regulatory program for U.S. horses.

The equine industry regards the disease as a potentially significant and increasing economic threat. Currently... Read More

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Test-Tube Foals Born In England

November 01, 2001

Europe's first successful intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) foals were recently born in Newmarket, England, as a part of a research program designed to create better sport horses. The foals were born March 21 and 28.

Professor Twink... Read More

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Spring Syndromes Cost Industry Millions

November 01, 2001

Several states, especially Kentucky, were struck this spring with a series of mysterious syndromes, the worst of which caused early fetal loss and late-term abortions in a large population of mares in Central Kentucky. The losses in the... Read More

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Reproductive Loss Survey Confirms Some Beliefs; Belies Others

November 01, 2001

Results from the survey of 133 farms in Central Kentucky regarding the early fetal loss and late-term abortions that occurred this spring substantiated some of the preliminary ideas held by researchers and veterinarians. The survey also put to... Read More

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Behind the Reproductive Loss Survey Numbers

November 01, 2001

"This survey was to identify risk factors, not causes," emphasized Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, of the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. Dwyer led the team that surveyed 133 Central Kentucky farms. Some farms were... Read More

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Ohio Searches for Reasons Behind Its Spring Losses

November 01, 2001

The same survey questions used to look at risk factors in mares with late-gestation and early fetal losses in Central Kentucky are being used to investigate the outbreak in Southeastern Ohio.

Stephe... Read More

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Breeding Horses With Genetic Disorders

November 01, 2001

I read on your site that two or three Quarter Horse stallions might be traced to the syndrome of polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM). I have a performance Quarter Horse filly with PSSM, and I feel it is important to know who these sires... Read More

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Gene Mapping Workshop Shows Great Progress

November 01, 2001

In the past two years, researchers have more than doubled the known number of landmarks for the equine gene mapping project, bringing the total mapped markers and genes to nearly 1,000. Horse geneticists... Read More

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Wyoming Herpesvirus Outbreak

November 01, 2001

An equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) outbreak has affected nearly 50 horses and caused the deaths of seven horses in Wyoming. The outbreak occurred at Paradise Ranch in Johnson County near Buffalo.... Read More

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Stallion Sexual Behavior: When Is He Mature?

November 01, 2001

How young is too young to breed a colt? We have a coming 2-year-old who acts like he is ready to breed. We don't have any horses to breed to him, but the question came up for discussion last night among a group of guys. This colt was out... Read More

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Ovulation

November 01, 2001

There is a rhythm to nature. Season follows season, with each having a specific purpose to serve in the grand scheme of things. There is a time for planting, a time for growing, a time for harvesting, and a time for resting to prepare for the... Read More

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Mating Mares Q&A

November 01, 2001

Readers ask questions of equine reproduction experts

Earlier this year, The Horse made a request to its Horse Health E-Newsletter subscribers: What questions do you have for specialists about breeding your mares? Our e-mail... Read More

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Gait To Gate

October 18, 2001

The scene at a horse sale is familiar. The smell of coffee fills the air as early morning enthusiasts walk through the barns. A "first-time-off-the-farm" filly whinnies as her dam is trotted down the aisle for a group watching her stride. A man... Read More

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AAEP 1996 Convention Wrapup

October 18, 2001

A variety of topics, ranging from the sophisticated to the mundane, were discussed by presenters who offered their findings under the umbrella subject--The Foot.

Opening the session was Tracy A. Turner, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, of the... Read More

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The View From The NICU

October 18, 2001

At the end of April in Kentucky, we suddenly started seeing a large number of foals with an unusual combination of signs admitted to the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Most were slightly premature--maybe a... Read More

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Foal Hoof Care

October 18, 2001

Among the many factors that determine the success of a foal as a sales yearling or as a mature athlete are management decisions about its feet and limbs during its first four months of life. Because a solid foundation for performance in the... Read More

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Dissecting A Mystery

October 18, 2001

This magazine contains a tremendous amount of factual information about the health problems that are occurring in Kentucky, Ohio, and other states this spring. We also are continuously updating our web site as news becomes available. But there... Read More

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Caesarean Sections

October 16, 2001

When your favorite basketball team is leading by a point and the clock is ticking down to the final seconds with your team in possession, time seems to move at a snail's pace. Not so when your favorite mare is in labor and can't seem to deliver ... Read More

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Rotavirus Vaccine

October 16, 2001

Researchers looked at healthy and sick foals and also checked mares at foaling and two days after foaling to see if the mares were shedding the rotavirus into the environment where the foals could pick it up.... Read More

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Persistent Uterine Infections

October 16, 2001

T he question that begs an answer concerning uterine infections, in the mind of Jim Briddle, DVM, Riverton, Wyo., isn't so much why they occur, but, rather, why they don't occur more frequently.

"It has always been amazing to me," says the... Read More

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Colostrum: Nothing Better Than Mother's Milk

October 16, 2001

There might be ongoing debate as to the value of a woman's colostrum versus commercial colostrum products, but for a foal, nothing is better than a mare's milk. Colostrum is specialized milk secreted during the first 24 hours following birth and... Read More

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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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Evaluating Placentas Can Pinpoint Potential Problems

October 16, 2001

Although common knowledge among veterinarians, few horse owners know that the condition of a mare's placenta following birth is a useful barometer for gauging the health of a newborn foal. If the placenta appears abnormal, the foal could be at... Read More