Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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A Stallion as a Problem Breeder

July 01, 2005

We purchased a stallion for breeding at nine years of age. He had bred before, but curiously had very few offspring for his impeccable credentials. He was a lovely stallion, very well-behaved, and a perfect gentleman to work around. When we... Read More

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Puberty in Thoroughbreds

July 01, 2005

Puberty is a transitional period for horses, from a time of reproductive immaturity to a time where sexual behavior is demonstrated and sperm is ready for release in the colt, and the filly starts to cycle. Unfortunately, very little information is... Read More

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Herpesvirus Breakthrough

July 01, 2005

Preliminary research on equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) from Cornell University indicates that the commercial vaccine containing modified live virus (Rhinomune) appears to be more effective in preventing infection than killed... Read More

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EHV-1 Outbreak Confirmed at Churchill Downs

July 01, 2005

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as affecting horses at Churchill Downs in mid-May. Three barns remained under quarantine until horses in those barns met requirements by May 24 to begi... Read More

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Update on Maryland EHV-1 Outbreak

July 01, 2005

As of May 26, there are no new clinical equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) cases among horses at the Columbia Horse Center in Maryland. The facility has been handling an outbreak of the neurologic form of the virus since late... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted at Maryland Horse Facility

June 15, 2005

On Saturday, June 11, at 3:30 p.m. the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) lifted the "Animal Hold Order" at the Columbia, Md. horse facility that has been handling a neurologic equine herpesvirus situation since late March. The lifting of... Read More

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A Day in the Life of A Breeding Farm

June 13, 2005

A world away from hitting the finish line of a classic race in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans, the dream is reborn. In the quiet of a gray winter morning, when the earth throws its warmth off into the cold air and... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Suspected at Prairie Meadows

June 08, 2005

Horses in one barn at Prairie Meadows in Iowa have been quarantined due to a possible case of equine herpesvirus.

The order to keep horses from entering or leaving the barn area came late in the afternoon of June 6 after Storm Wrangler... Read More

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Seven Churchill Horses Test Positive for EHV

June 06, 2005

Horses trained by Steve Asmussen will remain under quarantine in Barn 38 for at least a few more days. Seven horses in his barn still test positive for equine herpesvirus, although there are no new cases with clinical signs. The neurologic form... Read More

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Equine Herpesviruses 1&4

June 01, 2005

Herpesvirus is a particularly well-evolved virus that occurs in many mammals, such as humans, horses, cats, and cows. Each strain tends to be species-specific, meaning that viruses infecting one animal species do not usually infect another... Read More

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Maiden Mare Fertility

June 01, 2005

Q: I have a 12-year-old Quarter Horse barrel mare I would like to breed. She has never had a foal, and we have not been able to get her to settle after breeding her with cooled semen for three cycles. What could be causing... Read More

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Finding a Stallion Handler

June 01, 2005

We have expanded our semen collection/shipping facility, so we can now keep up to eight stallions in residence and accommodate local stallions trailering in just for semen collection as needed through the season. In the past we have depended upo... Read More

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Weaning Foals

June 01, 2005

There are many ways to wean foals, so choose a method that will work best for your horses and farm.... Read More

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Old Horses, Old Problems

June 01, 2005

It is amazing how many horse owners have one or more horses over the age of 15. My daughter's old Arab mare is 22 this year. She's slowed down (somewhat), has a bit more trouble getting up and down, and has a little more sway to her topline, but... Read More

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Champion Horse Cloned

June 01, 2005

Italian researchers announced on April 14 that the first clone of a sterile horse is healthy and thriving. The Arabian colt, a genetic copy of U.S. endurance rider Valerie Kanavy's two-time World Champion horse Pieraz, proves that researchers ca... Read More

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American Horse Cloning Project Successful

June 01, 2005

America's first cloned horse turned six weeks old on April 27, according to Texas A&M University (TAMU) researchers who partnered on the successful cloning venture with French scientist Dr. Eric Palmer of Cryozootech. The colt, named "Paris... Read More

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Cornell Research on Herpesvirus Vaccines

May 27, 2005

A presentation on recent research into herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) vaccines was given by Klaus Osterrieder, DVM, DVM Habilitation (a German equivalent to a PhD), associate professor of virology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell the... Read More

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Additional Horse Succumbs to EHV-1 in Maryland

May 26, 2005

There are no new clinical equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) cases among horses at the Columbia, Md. horse facility that has been handling an outbreak of the neurologic form of the virus since late March. In the past week, one horse that had been... Read More

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Modified Live Herpesvirus Vaccine Shows Protective Qualities Against Neurologic Form

May 26, 2005

Preliminary research from Cornell University indicates that the commercial vaccine containing weakened live viruses (Rhinomune), called a modified live vaccine (MLV), appears to be more effective in preventing equine herpesvirus (EHV) than kille... Read More

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Horses in Third Quarantined Barn Set to Return to Training Today at Churchill Downs

May 24, 2005

Horses stabled in the third Churchill Downs barn placed under quarantine by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) because of confirmed cases of equine herpesvirus type-1 have been cleared to return to the track for limited training. Those... Read More

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Umbilical Cord Length and Foal Health

May 23, 2005

A long umbilical cord increases the risks for abortions and stillbirths in horses. Complications include strangulation of the foal and excessive cord twisting, writes Karin Bosh in a recent edition of Equine Disease Quarterly, a newsletter... Read More

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Training Resumes at Churchill

May 23, 2005

Horses stabled in a second Churchill Downs barn placed under quarantine by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture because of confirmed cases of equine herpes virus at the track will be allowed to return to limited training on May... Read More

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Churchill EHV-1 Update

May 23, 2005

Equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as affecting horses at Churchill Downs. 

Three barns (6, 38, and 39) are currently quarantined on the backside of Churchill Downs.

To date, a total of five... Read More

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Update on Maryland EHV-1 Situation

May 23, 2005

As of May 20, there were no new equine herpesvirus (EVH-1) cases at the Columbia, Md. horse facility that has been handling a number of cases of the neurologic form of the virus since late March. Private veterinarians, Maryland state animal... Read More

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Mothers to Be

May 19, 2005

While the socialization process of transforming fillies and mares from racetrack careers into broodmares might be easier than it is for stallions, biologically it is significantly more complex for distaffers to begin their reproductive... Read More