Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Neonatal Ultrasonography

March 09, 2004

Using ultrasound to diagnose problems in the horse is not a new concept, but it is not as often used in foals as it is in mares. Rob Franklin, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, of the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia, discussed... Read More

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AQHA Statement on HC/HERDA

March 08, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association's (AQHA) statement regarding hyperelastosis cutis (HC) or hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA): 

1. AQHA is aware of the condition known as hereditary equine regional... Read More

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Help Needed for Stallion Infertility Research

March 08, 2004

Bhanu P. Chowdhary, BVSc, AH, MVSc, PhD, associate professor in Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine, is trying to find molecular causes of stallion infertility and reduced fertility.

Chowdhary said, "Our research focuses... Read More

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Neurologic Conditions, In-Depth

March 02, 2004

Assessing neurologic conditions might seem difficult, but with practice and attention to the subtle differences between different conditions' deficits, the process can become easier. Additionally, practitioners discussed vaccination and treatment opt... Read More

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Spaying Mares With Newer, Safer Methods

March 02, 2004

Spaying a mare (ovariectomy) means removing her ovaries so she no longer comes into heat and has a more mellow attitude, like a gelding. An ovariectomy can be done standing (under sedation and local anesthesia) through a flank approach or a... Read More

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Open Mares

March 01, 2004

An experienced veterinarian can help to determine why a seemingly healthy mare can't become pregnant.... Read More

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Diseases of Dietary Origin

March 01, 2004

The axiom, "You are what you eat" does have relevance to horses with regard to health and well-being. Although horses have evolved to eat plant material, not all plants are safe to eat. Some food substances directly exert toxic effects, while... Read More

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Handling a Hostile Broodmare

March 01, 2004

My mare just had a colt today and I have a concern about it because she is 13 years old and not broken. She had been broken three times prior to me getting her, and she won't come near anyone. My question is: How will I be able to mess with the... Read More

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Some Federal Cash Will Go Toward MRLS Studies

March 01, 2004

Some of the $5.86 million the University of Kentucky's School of Agriculture will receive from this year's federal budget is earmarked for studies to determine the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome.

The university has worked in... Read More

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Foal Care When There Are Problems

March 01, 2004

If a new foal develops a problem requiring surgery, time is of the essence, said Rolf Embertson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. The time from recognition of abdominal pain to arrival of the foal at the clinic, evaluation for sur... Read More

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Neurologic Disease Discussed

March 01, 2004

Morgan stressed that good management practices can reduce the risk factors that contribute to neurologic disease incidence. Keep feed sources clean and free of opossums and protect your hay from rodent infestation.... Read More

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Reproduction (AAEP 2003)

March 01, 2004

Research has shown that boars can be fed a specific diet to increase fertility, and the same might be true of stallions. Steven Brinsko, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, from Texas A&M University, discussed the potential of feeding a nutraceutical to stallions... Read More

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Vaccines--Comparative Efficacy

March 01, 2004

Several researchers have been working the past few years to determine if any U.S.-registered equine vaccine had advantages over others. It turns out that the serologic responses to--and protection given by--these vaccines varies significantly.... Read More

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Inherited Quarter Horse Disease Traces To Poco Bueno

February 26, 2004

Poco Bueno was identified as the sire line associated with hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA).... Read More

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Hereditary Disease Research Into HERDA

February 26, 2004

If we have any doubt about a horse with lesions that look like HERDA (also called HC), we can test to see if that animal does have this disease. Usually it's easy to diagnose, once you've seen a few.... Read More

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Immune Responses to Equine Vaccines: Study

February 23, 2004

Lunn presented studies that he and six other scientists completed comparing immune responses between commonly used, commercially available vaccines.... Read More

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Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa (JEB) in Belgian Draft Horses: AAEP 2003

February 17, 2004

Junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) is an inherited disease that causes skin lesions over pressure points of the body in newborn Belgian foals and results in large areas of skin loss. The disease is a lethal condition and affected foals typically ... Read More

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Acyclovir for Treating EHV-1 Myeloencephalopathy

February 16, 2004

Acyclovir is an anti-viral drug with a high activity and selectivity for herpesviruses. It has been used in equine outbreaks, even though past studies have not established a clear-cut benefit of using the drug.... Read More

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UI Scientist, Cloned Mules Featured at Seattle Conference

February 13, 2004

Gordon Woods, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACT, the University of Idaho scientist who led the research team that successfully produced the first clone in the horse family, will be a featured speaker at the American Association for the Advancement of... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi: Genetic Variability and its Clinical Implications

February 12, 2004

If there are any two words that can cause a foaling operation's manager to shudder, they are probably "Rhodococcus equi," since the bacterium is considered the most common cause of severe pneumonia in foals. ... Read More

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Testing for Failure of Passive Transfer

February 03, 2004

When a newborn foal, for whatever reason, fails to obtain the antibodies he needs from his mother in his first hours of life, this often results in a very sick or even dead foal from septicemia. Quick identification of the problem (failure of passive... Read More

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Artificial Insemination Made Simple (AAEP 2003)

February 03, 2004

Squires said the perception in the industry is that mares must be examined four to six times per day to use frozen semen successfully. He said the reasons for frequent examination are because limited semen is made available and the desire to breed as... Read More

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Regumate to Control Stud Behavior?

February 01, 2004

Q: My yearling stallion has begun his show career in longe line classes. He is beginning to lose concentration and act "studdy" at shows. It was suggested that I put him on Regumate to help control this behavior (as an... Read More

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Feeding Orphan Foals

February 01, 2004

Orphan--the name itself evokes sadness and sympathy. A baby without a mother, in this case a foal. Whether it occurs through the death of the mare, or just that the mare cannot produce milk or will not take care of her foal, it all leads to one... Read More

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R. equi on Breeding Farms

February 01, 2004

Rhodococcus equi is an organism that lives in soil, requiring warmth and nutrients found in horse manure to grow and spread among equine populations. It is the most common cause of pneumonia in foals one to four months of age, bringing... Read More