Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Researchers Examine Racehorses' DNA

October 18, 2005

Researchers from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in Hatfield and Cambridge University in England, plan to extract DNA from the bones of three of history's greatest Thoroughbred racehorses--Eclipse, Hermit, and St. Simon. Details of the... Read More

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Maryland Group Selects Site for Horse Park Feasibility Study

October 10, 2005

The Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) announced today (Oct. 10) that the Naval Academy Dairy Farm located in Gambrills, Md. has been selected for the feasibility study for the Maryland Horse Park. The search for the site began in May, when... Read More

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Equine Genetic Disease: Who's At Risk?

October 01, 2005

Many DNA sequence variations are fine; they just give rise to the broad spectrum of colors, sizes, and other characteristics we see in the horse population. Some variations, however, cause problems. These might range from a genetic predisposition... Read More

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Dreams Can Come True

October 01, 2005

Soñador is Spanish for "dreamer," the title of a movie opening this month that sounds like a natural fit for horse lovers. According to information from DreamWorks, Dreamer's writer/producer John Gatins grew up loving racehorses, and wondering... Read More

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Detecting Rhodococcus equi Faster

October 01, 2005

Rhodococcus equi pnemonia is an insidious disease of foals--by the time one sees clinical signs, the pnemonia can be well advanced. Thus, tests that have greater sensitivity for R. equi are needed because they might permit... Read More

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Shipping Mix-Up Sends Studs To the Wrong Countries

October 01, 2005

The search for the Thoroughbred stud Dubai Excellence has turned to Ukraine. This is where the horse thought to be Samood, who was identified as the stallion believed initially to be Dubai Excellence in Australia, is meant to have gone, sources... Read More

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Company Offers Commercial Cloning

October 01, 2005

A San Francisco, Calif., company announced in late July its intention to clone one individual's horse for profit, at a cost of $367,593 for implanting clone embryos into 100 mares plus additional patent royalties based on the number of clones... Read More

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Crossing Boundaries

October 01, 2005

Vaccination of broodmares is just one part of a complete disease prevention program, but its importance should not be underestimated. Immunization is one of the least expensive, and most effective, strategies horse breeders can use to protect... Read More

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Supplementing for Semen Quality

September 01, 2005

Cooling and freezing equine semen damages cell membranes, which results in loss of motility and general viability known as "cold shock." Most domestic species have high concentrations of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the semen, but the... Read More

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At What Age to Shoe?

September 01, 2005

Questions involving the ifs and whens to shoe horses have been debated for years. There are those who will argue that a horse's foot should not have metal attached via nails under any circumstances, while others will opt for shoeing certain horses... Read More

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West Nile Recovery x 3

September 01, 2005

One day, Marla Gilvin heard whinnying uncharacteristic from her 5-year-old Kentucky Mountain mare Cocoa Rain. “I went out to see what she was doing and called her to the barn,” Gilvin recalls. “She didn’t move. Her 4-month-old foal was running... Read More

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Company Offers Cloning to Customers

August 08, 2005

A San Francisco, Calif., company has announced its intention to clone one individual's horse in short order for commercial profit, to the tune of $367,593 plus additional patent royalties based on the number of clones that are produced and... Read More

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Eating Poop

August 01, 2005

Our first foal is 10 days old and has already been spotted eating manure. We have accepted the fact that eating manure is normal foal behavior and are trying to ignore it. A quick question: When should he get over this behavior? via e-mail... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted at Maryland Horse Facility

August 01, 2005

After nearly three months of state-mandated quarantine for neurologic equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md., was declared free of the disease on June 11.

"The farm managers, private veterinarians,... Read More

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Diary of an EHV-1 Survivor

July 13, 2005

Twenty-year-old Radar "just wasn’t looking right" when he came in from the pasture on April 6, recalls his owner, Bill McCarthy, PhD. "When I picked his feet up to pick them out, he would just fall into me," said McCarthy. "The next day the stat... Read More

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International Breeding

July 01, 2005

I brought two Walking Horse mares to France. I would like to breed to a U.S. stallion and want to know what the success ... Read More

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How to Improve Stallion Fertility?

July 01, 2005

I have a young Dutch warmblood stallion with some fertility issues. Is there anything we can do to improve motility? ... Read More

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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