Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Foal Limbs And Feet Deformities

June 01, 1999

Flexural or angular deformities can be very shocking and even disturbing in severe cases, but appropriate veterinary care offers great hope for these foals.... Read More

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There Was a Crooked Foal

May 01, 1999

A newborn foal, teetering on spidery legs, has a knock-kneed, awkward charm that can melt hearts. ... Read More

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Epiphysitis

May 01, 1999

 A discussion of epiphysitis is anything but simple, straightforward, or lacking in complexity. To begin with, there is confusion and... Read More

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Congenital Cleft Palate

May 01, 1999

Congenital cleft palate in horses is an uncommon deformity affecting approximately 0.1-0.2% of the equine population. The condition is a malformation of the soft and sometimes hard palate where the left and right side fail to unite, forming a cleft... Read More

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Canadian Equine Research

April 01, 1999

The University of Guelph, located in Ontario, Canada, is home of the world renowned Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). The university is a research-intensive and student-oriented facility. Its written mission is to serve society and to enhance th... Read More

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Equine Fetal Sex Determination

April 01, 1999

Knowledge of a fetus’ sex enables the horse owner or breeder to manage several  different aspects of his or her horse business better. For example, the value of a foal frequently is influenced by its gender, depending on its sire or dam.... Read More

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Testicular Descent

April 01, 1999

A discussion of cryptorchidism in young stallions is fraught with controversy. Everyone agrees on what constitutes cryptorchidism, but that sometimes is as far as agreement goes. We know that the condition involves the retention of one or both... Read More

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Endometritis Classifications and Treatment

April 01, 1999

Many mares which cycle, but fail to conceive, have infections in their reproductive tracts. Hence, they are sometimes called "dirty" mares. The more scientific term for their problem is endometritis, which refers to the acute or chronic... Read More

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Vaccinations for Horses

April 01, 1999

Vaccines have been true godsends the world over. Diseases that once laid waste to large segments of the human population now are held in check by vaccines. One of those killing diseases, smallpox, has been eradicated. Much the same has happened... Read More

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Eating For Two

March 01, 1999

No one ever said mothering was easy. As your broodmare gets closer and closer to her due date, you've been noting, with some satisfaction, her bulging belly, her increasingly matronly attitude, and the look of lazy contentment in her eyes. But... Read More

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Post-Foaling Problems In Mares

March 01, 1999

Next on the concern list immediately after foaling is the mare. Did she come through the short, but almost violent birthing process unscathed? Or are we facing some post-foaling problems that could compromise her health, her ability to conceive again... Read More

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Early Embryonic Death

March 01, 1999

For all horse breeders, it is important to realize that not every mare will give birth to a live foal. Failure of the pregnancy can occur at any stage starting from the fertilization of the oocyte or egg. The oocyte develops in the fluid- filled... Read More

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DNA Kit Now Available For $30

February 19, 1999

AQHA's Executive Committee, at its January meeting, reduced the cost for a DNA kit from $40 to $30 per horse. The new price became effective Feb. 1, 1999.

To date, AQHA offers its Members... Read More

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A New Vaccine For Equine Herpesvirus On The Horizon

February 12, 1999

Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) is the major cause worldwide of epidemic abortion in mares, along with neonatal deaths in foals, and also cause respiratory illness and nervous system disease. This virus, along with the closely... Read More

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Reading Pedigrees

February 01, 1999

The horse you see--or the foal you envision--reflects generations of ancestors. Owners of those ancestors made decisions on mating horses, planning each generation. They selected animals by examining the successes of previous horsemen, as... Read More

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Foals and Meconium Impaction

February 01, 1999

Passing the meconium is, to me, the second-biggest hurdle a foal must overcome after birth--the first, obviously, is making the transition from the protected life within the uterus to life outside the uterus (breathing, standing, nursing).... Read More

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Fundamentals Of Foaling

February 01, 1999

To understand some of the unusual aspects of birth in horses, it is helpful to consider how the species survived before domestication. The horse's defense against predators always has been... Read More

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Teasing for Successful Breeding

February 01, 1999

A good teasing program is essential for insuring success in an equine breeding program. Without it, breeding can become a hit-and-miss proposition, despite the sophisticated tools that are available to veterinarians and breeding technicians. ... Read More

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EVA--Equine Viral Arteritis

February 01, 1999

Imagine the following telephone conversation. "Yes, I'd like to order some disease, please."

"Yes, ma'am. We can get some disease right out to you. When do you want your disease delivered?"

"The sooner, the better!"... Read More

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Foal IgG (Antibody)

February 01, 1999

The foal is born with a functional immune system (if all is normal), but has a general absence of immunoglobulins to aid in the defense against infection. The foal acquires his initial immunoglobulin protection from the mare's first milk, which... Read More

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AAEP Convention 1998 Wrap-Up

February 01, 1999

Wonder where your veterinarian was the first week in December? If he or she is at the top of the game as an equine practitioner, you probably could find him or her enjoying the weather in Baltimore, Md., site of the 44th American Association of... Read More

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Horse Owners Plead Guilty To USDA Import Violations

February 01, 1999

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced that horse facility owners Emil and Anna Jung of Gehlenberg-Friesoythe, Germany, have pled guilty to three counts each of false statements and mail fraud. In May of 1998, the Jungs were... Read More

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Effects Of Weaning On Growing Foals

January 22, 1999

Every foal must be weaned from its dam at some point. However, when and how the weaning process is undertaken may have significant effects on the growing horse. One of the physiological responses often noted at weaning is a... Read More

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Answers Sought In Wild Horse Shootings

January 08, 1999

Police are continuing their search for the shooters of 33 wild horses in Nevada just outside of Reno, Nev. Currently, authorities are X raying carcasses for metal, specifically bullets, and performing ballistics tests.... Read More

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University Of Pennsylvania To Identify Causes Of Abortion And Pregnancy Wastage In Study

January 08, 1999

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine received funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for a three year study to identify the causes of abortion and pregnancy wastage in... Read More