Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Researchers Lay Groundwork for Future MRLS Studies

August 30, 2002

The scientific community wrapped up a two-day workshop at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center Aug. 28 with a thorough review of research into mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). They put forth some ideas on how to... Read More

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UK Announces New Forage-Animal Program to Solve Farm Problems & Enhance Profitability

August 14, 2002

Through a unique collaboration with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the University of Kentucky is launching an innovative new forage-animal research initiative. The program will discover new technologies to enhance the health and... Read More

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Mare Milking Early

August 01, 2002

I have a Paso Fino mare whose due date is three months away and her milk bag is full, hot, and dripping very white milk. She has been waxed over for about a week now, but thankfully she seems to be in no distress. I can find no one with this... Read More

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Separating Mare and Foal for Work

August 01, 2002

A young breeder asked me if she could take a mare from her foal for one hour every day. That young breeder would like to ride the mare; therefore she'll leave the foal in the box. I am not a fan of that. I told her that it would be a... Read More

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Putting Equine Podiatrists in Their "Right Minds"

July 31, 2002

While most people don't consider equine podiatry an artistic profession, Ric Redden, DVM, owner of the International Equine Podiatry Center and organizer/chief instructor of the first In-Depth Equine Podiatry Course going on this week, heartily... Read More

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KTA Sets Meeting for MRLS Loan Applicants

July 17, 2002

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) will offer a seminar July 25 to assist breeders in filling out loan applications for funding tied to mare reproductive loss syndrome. The money is available through a federal law enacted in... Read More

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Caterpillars Cause Late-Term Abortions

July 16, 2002

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture today is releasing preliminary results from a collaborative project involving the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (Drs. Lenn Harrison, Manu Sebastian, and Deborah Williams), UK... Read More

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Does Ultrasound Give Clues to Abortion Cause?

July 16, 2002

Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary associates worked with the University of Kentucky (UK)he latest project that has associated Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Drs. Nathan Slovis and Thomas Seahorn, both... Read More

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New Discoveries in MRLS Research

July 16, 2002

Four interesting facts were brought to light because of the late-term abortion and Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) study that was recently completed at the University of Kentucky (UK), according to Dr. Thomas Tobin of the Gluck Equine Research... Read More

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Bringing Up Baby

July 01, 2002

Your young horse is growing up. From birth to age two, a horse will achieve 90% or more of his full adult height. But growing up too fast can cause problems, including an increased risk of developmental orthopedic disease (DOD), which includes... Read More

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Hermaphroditic Teaser "Mare"

July 01, 2002

A stud farm I once visited was using a hermaphrodite mare as a teaser, with none of the problems of having a stallion (i.e., no problem with mares in foal to the teaser stallion should he escape). How can you tell if a mare is a hermaphrodit... Read More

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Sheath Cleaning Frequency

July 01, 2002

 Gray is a 22-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. My question is how/whether to clean his penis. When he lengthens it to urinate, I try to pick off the black crusty stuff, but it is somewhat unpleasant to do this. There is no smell, no... Read More

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Study Associates Caterpillars and Reproductive Losses

July 01, 2002

A recently completed collaborative effort at the University of Kentucky (UK) associated the Eastern tent caterpillar and its frass (excrement) and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). This is only the first step in looking at the... Read More

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Update on the Eastern Tent Caterpillar

July 01, 2002

The newest study on early fetal loss and Eastern tent caterpillars (funded by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation) began on May 21 and was scheduled to continue for three weeks. The research is led by internal medicine specialist Bill... Read More

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MRLS Update: June 20, 2002

June 21, 2002

Farm Survey Results

As reported June 11, 2002, 92 Kentucky Thoroughbred farm managers responded to a questionnaire to estimate the 2002 early fetal losses (EFL). Based on data provided, 92.3% of mares on these farms bre... Read More

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Poison Control: Spraying Pastures with Insecticides

June 19, 2002

No definite cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) has been identified, but a recent discovery that Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) can cause early fetal losses (and likely contributed to MRLS) has scientists at the University of... Read More

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Caterpillars Cause Early Fetal Loss (Q & A)

June 17, 2002

A research project has identified an association between Eastern tent caterpillars and early fetal loss in mares (see http://www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=3634). Principle... Read More

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AQHA Settles Embryo Transfer Lawsuit

June 12, 2002

The American Quarter Horse Association has eliminated all restrictions regarding the registration of foals produced through embryo transfer as part of an out-of-court settlement with a coalition of breeders.

For a couple of years, the... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Cause Early Fetal Loss

June 11, 2002

A recent study funded by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and several other entities, identified an association between the administration of starved Eastern Tent Caterpillars (ETC) and early pregnancy... Read More

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MRLS Monitoring Update

June 06, 2002

Report from Jimmy Henning, Extension Forage Specialist
Department of Agronomy
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Twelve horse farms and one hay farm are being monitored for several soil, pasture and... Read More

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Modifying Semen Extender

June 01, 2002

Stallion semen is particularly susceptible to freeze-thaw damage, so multi-step procedures are being developed and evaluated to slowly extend and cool the semen prior to freezing it. In addition, the common semen extender INRA82, developed at... Read More

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Feeding Laminitic Broodmares

June 01, 2002

My best friend's broodmare has unilateral laminitis (laminitis in one front hoof); she is a 19-year-old Quarter Horse and is currently five months pregnant. The concern is what to feed her to keep the foal healthy, and to keep her from suffering.... Read More

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MRLS Study Reaches Task Force

June 01, 2002

A new study has pinpointed several factors that predisposed mares to early fetal loss in Central Kentucky and nearby areas in 2001, but was unable to identify a specific cause. Feeding hay in pasture prior to abortion, a history of abortion in... Read More

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Texas Judge Upholds Antitrust Ruling Against the AQHA

May 30, 2002

A Texas judge reaffirmed on May 16 his earlier decision that an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) rule restricting the number of registered foals produced through embryo transfer violates the state's... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy Confirmed in Virginia

May 30, 2002

Detection of a neurological illness in Virginia thought to be equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) myeloencephalopathy was recently confirmed as such at several laboratories throughout the United States.

The organism causing EHV-1 can cause... Read More