Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Venereal Disease in Horses

October 10, 2001

Venereal diseases are those that can be sexually transmitted. "Vener" is the Latin term for sexual intercourse and, hence, the origin of the term "venereal." The outcome of sexually transmitted diseases in horses can vary... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis

October 09, 2001

Mares grazing on tall fescue pastures infected with a toxin have increased gestation lengths, mare and foal deaths, agalactia (absent milk secretion after birth), retained placentas, premature separation of the placenta at birth, and... Read More

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Combined Immunodefiency in Arabians

October 09, 2001

A newborn Arabian foal is possibly one of the most beguiling creatures on Earth. Elegant of feature and blessed with beauty, he's full of promise for the future--and often descended of royal blood and worth many thousands of dollars. Imagine how... Read More

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Restraint Techniques for Breeding

October 08, 2001

When a mare and a stallion meet, love might be in the air...but there's the potential for danger, too. Particularly when humans get in the middle of it all. In our efforts to orchestrate the best possible combinations of... Read More

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Failure of Passive Transfer in Horses

October 08, 2001

Infectious disease is a major cause of death in neonatal foals. The foal is born immunocompetent, meaning it probably is able to initiate an immune response to organisms to which it is exposed. However, a newborn foal lacks... Read More

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Freezing Semen

October 08, 2001

The technology that allows us to freeze a stallion's semen for future use has opened up a world of opportunities. Not only does it allow the stallion's DNA to be available to mare owners around the globe, but it enables a stallion to stand at stud wh... Read More

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Teasing Mares

October 08, 2001

Teasing mares can be a time-consuming and boring procedure, but it is essential if one is to detect when a mare is in estrus. Unfortunately, all mares do not react to teasing in the same manner, so one approach doesn't suit all.... Read More

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WEVA: On the Move

October 08, 2001

They met in Italy to exchange information about reproduction, sports medicine, infectious diseases, transportation, and surgery. The more than 300 delegates from 29 different countries, including Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark... Read More

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What You Do Not Know...

October 05, 2001

The federal government decided to include funding for equine research in the fiscal year 1999 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that passed recently (see Up Front page 9). Those moneys are earmarked for several areas, including research into... Read More

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Semen Analysis

October 05, 2001

A stallion produces untold billions of sperm during a lifetime, and in a normal ejaculate, he can send four billion of them on a race to fertilize a single egg. Only one sperm can succeed. Unfortunately, there are times when none of them succeed... Read More

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Risk Management for MRLS in 2002 Detailed; Cause Still Unconfirmed

October 05, 2001

Researchers have not pinpointed the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), but on Tuesday night they gave Central Kentucky farm managers some proactive steps in hopes of preventing its effects next year. Dr. Scott Smith, the dean of th... Read More

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Maximizing Pregnancy Rates With Shipped Semen

October 04, 2001

Well, there’s no avoiding it—shipped semen is no longer the ‘wave of the future.’ It has rapidly emerged as an integral part of every general equine practice and breeding facility. Therefore, we must... Read More

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AAEP 1995 Convention Roundup

October 04, 2001

A total of 2,351 equine veterinarians--a record attendance--descended on Lexington for the 41st annual American Association of Equine Practitioners convention. Committee business dominated the day on Dec. 2, with 21 of the association's 40... Read More

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Dual Hemisphere Breeding

October 03, 2001

Thoroughbred breeding stallions truly have joined the jet set. These four-legged  Romeos are flying from one part of the world to another these days as they perform breeding duties on both sides of the equator. Hundreds of... Read More

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Oxytocin and Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy

October 03, 2001

A research report from the laboratory at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky noted that it is well-established that early conceptus loss (the embryo and its... Read More

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Breeding Facilities

October 03, 2001

Any way you look at it, building a barn is a major undertaking. Doing it right the first time, to avoid headaches later, is the smart approach. In addition to the usual considerations of location, aesthetics, cost, and... Read More

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Is No News, Good News? Foal Loss Research Ongoing

October 01, 2001

While there haven't been any headlines about the various syndromes that affected a large section of the eastern and mid-western United States this spring, that doesn't mean that researchers and... Read More

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More on Panic Attacks

October 01, 2001

Readers Respond

August's Behavior column (article #914) sparked heated debate about euthanasia for horses with incurable panic attacks. This month we feature two readers' responses and the author's comments.

It was a... Read More

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Wry Nose in Horses?

October 01, 2001

I would like information on wry nose (laterally deviated rostral maxilla). I had a foal born with it and never heard of it before then. I would like to know what causes it and any other information about this condition. Also, how common is it... Read More

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Breeding With Chilled and Frozen Semen

September 26, 2001

Artificial Insemination (AI) involves the introduction of sperm into the reproductive tract of the mare without natural mating. AI in the horse was first practiced long ago. Ancient Arabian texts describe how mares were successfully inseminated.... Read More

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AQHA Embryo Transfer Case Revisited

September 21, 2001

On Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, officials and attorneys for the American Quarter Horse Association were back in court to receive presiding Judge Patrick A. Pirtle's decision on a motion that was filed by AQHA asking the judge to reconsider... Read More

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Survey Confirms Some Beliefs; Belies Others

September 21, 2001

Results from the survey of 133 farms in Central Kentucky regarding the early fetal loss and late-term abortions that occurred this spring substantiated the preliminary ideas held by researchers and veterinarians this spring. The surve... Read More

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Consequences

September 18, 2001

Do you want a say-so in what the United States government is doing that concerns horses? I’m talking about the issue of allowing equine semen into this country with even less testing than presently is required. Horse breeders know that semen can... Read More

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Embryo Transfer for Horses

September 18, 2001

One plus one plus one equals one. The stallion, dam, and surrogate dam probably never met, but all three contributed to produce a foal. Today's assisted breeding technologies can overcome the constraints of distance, competitive involvement,... Read More

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Ovariectomy

September 17, 2001

Ovariectomy is a procedure that generally is performed to remove an abnormal ovary. Occasionally, an ovariectomy is performed in fillies or mares which have particularly bad behavior during their heat cycle in an effort to make them more... Read More