Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Now Is the Time to Control Caterpillars

April 04, 2003

The Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation issued an advisory concerning control methods for Eastern tent caterpillars, which have been linked to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in 2001 and 2002.

Dr. Dan Potter, an entomologist at the... Read More

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Quarantine Lifted on Turfway Park Horses

April 04, 2003

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will release the quarantine placed on Barn 15 at Turfway Park as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday (April 5). The 80-horse barn was placed in quarantine after three horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus type 1... Read More

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Keeneland Requiring Health Certificate for Horses

April 02, 2003

Keeneland, which opens for its spring meet April 4, is requiring all horses that enter the grounds to have a health certificate written within 72 hours of arrival.

River Downs in Ohio implemented a similar policy in the wake of the... Read More

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Next Steps Toward Solving MRLS Involve Think Tank

April 02, 2003

Veterinarians and researchers trying to pinpoint the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) have joined together to create an MRLS "think tank," the progress and goals of which were discussed April 1 at a joint meeting of the Kentucky... Read More

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Cremello Gene Found

April 01, 2003

The researchers developed a molecular test to detect the cream gene in DNA found in the blood or hair. Guerin says the test will help owners identify heterozygous carriers of the gene (those able to pass on the cremello gene to offspring).... Read More

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Mare vs. Stallion Genes

April 01, 2003

Q: I hear people talking about how genetic lines all trace through the paternal side of the horse. What about the mares? What quality of foal would you get if you doubled on the maternal side, linebreeding (mating related... Read More

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Faulty Bone Formation

April 01, 2003

A disease that can be debilitating in young horses is osteochondrosis. This affliction has its genesis during the youngster's growing years and can compromise the horse's ability to perform later in life if it is not dealt with early.... Read More

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Broodmare Diet Basics

April 01, 2003

The body condition of a broodmare can affect reproductive performance and milking ability. Recent research has indicated that mares should be kept in a minimum body condition score of 5.5 (see "Selected Body Condition Scores and Descriptions,"... Read More

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Pregnant Mares and Supplements

April 01, 2003

Eleven months is a very long time to wait for a foal. I know from personal experience that the further along the mare is, the more your hopes and dreams for your "perfect foal" grow. It doesn't matter if the foal is bred to gallop to the wire or... Read More

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Flea Control Product for Fungal Endometritis in Mares

April 01, 2003

Lufenuron is a once-a-month flea control product for dogs and cats. The active ingredient inhibits chitin production; chitin is a component of the outer surface of many insects. Fungal organisms also contain chitin in their cell walls, making... Read More

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Conservative Therapy for Crooked Foals

April 01, 2003

The most common angular limb deformity in foals is carpus valgus (sometimes called toeing out) in which affected foals have limbs that flare outward below the carpus (knee). This deformity can be corrected surgically with hemi-circumferential... Read More

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Herpesvirus Type 1 Hits Hard

April 01, 2003

Ohio and Pennsylvania have confirmed or reported cases of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1, see Pennsylvania information on page 15). But the worst problems reported thus far have occurred in Ohio, where 12 horses died in... Read More

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EHV-1 in Penn., Possible Iowa Cases

April 01, 2003

While Ohio veterinarians are busy fighting what seems to be an especially aggressive strain of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), two horses were euthanized due to illness from the virus at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Penn., in an... Read More

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WNV and Equine Abortions?

April 01, 2003

A question has been raised whether the increased number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases in Kentucky in late summer and fall 2002 contributed to a rise in fall abortions. A retrospective study by the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease and... Read More

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Embryo Transfer Technique

April 01, 2003

Advanced reproductive technologies that can be used in horses are expanding every year. Geography is no longer a limiting factor in choosing a mate for your mare, as fresh cooled semen can be shipped across North America with ease. Frozen semen also ... Read More

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MRLS Research Funded by Kentucky Agriculture Board

March 25, 2003

The equine breeding industry is among the recipients of funds from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, which allocated more than $4.3 million for 2003 projects.

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders received $190,000 to... Read More

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Derby Winner War Emblem Having Problems in the Breeding Shed

March 25, 2003

War Emblem, North America’s champion 3-year-old male of 2002 who was sold to Japan’s Shadai Stallion Station for nearly $18 million in September, is having difficulties covering mares in his first year at stud and his owners are negotiating a... Read More

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EHV-1 Confirmed in Three Horses at Kentucky Racetrack

March 19, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds that were stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Tuesday’s announcement follows treatment of several EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio... Read More

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Officials Explain Timing of Kentucky EHV-1 Announcement

March 19, 2003

Animal health officials today explained that the announcement about the equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) cases at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., was not made sooner was because the virus wasn’t considered to be actively circulating in the... Read More

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Kentucky Racetrack Announces Herpesvirus Cases

March 18, 2003

Three horses stabled at Turfway Park have been diagnosed with neurologic equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). Verification of the virus was completed over the weekend at the northern Kentucky track by researchers at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine... Read More

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AQHA Members Vote to Retain White Rule

March 17, 2003

More than 1,000 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) members attended the 63rd annual convention, where the organization’s board voted to retain Rule 227(c), which limits the amount of white on horses eligible for registration in the... Read More

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Alltech Symposium Offers Solutions to the Equine Industry

March 17, 2003

"Identifying and Solving Semen Quality Problems in Stallions" is just one of the many talks to be given at Alltech’s 19th International Feed Industry Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky, May 11-14. This issue will be addressed in the Equine... Read More

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Pennsylvania Tracks Prepare to Lift Shipping Ban

March 17, 2003

With no additional positive tests for Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) since Feb. 26, Penn National Race Course was prepared to lift the quarantine of horses stabled in Barn U on March 19, according to track general manager Richard... Read More

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Genetic Defects Statement Issued by AAEP

March 11, 2003

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently re-stated a policy that surgical correction of “genetic defects” for the purposes of concealing the defect is unethical. If surgical correction is undertaken for the purpose of improvin... Read More

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Classes Resume at the University of Findlay's English Riding Facility

March 10, 2003

Classes resumed today at the the University of Findlay's James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex, which has been under quarantine since the weekend of Jan. 18 because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1).

The University ha... Read More