Recent News for Breeding Basics

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Genome Sequence will Benefit Performance Horse Breeding, Management

February 15, 2007

The newly completed equine genome sequence will be an invaluable asset for those looking to breed and manage the ideal equine athlete, as well as giving researchers a whole new set of tools for investigating equine disease, according to... Read More

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Horse Genome Map Complete

February 09, 2007

The first genome map of a horse is complete, providing scientists with a new set of tools for investigating equine disease, scientists at the Broad Institute, a part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the National Human Genome... Read More

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Horse Genome Assembled; Information Available to Researchers

February 07, 2007

The first draft of the horse genome sequence has been deposited in public databases and is freely available for use by biomedical and veterinary researchers around the globe, leaders of the international Horse Genome Sequencing Project announced... Read More

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Reproductive Evaluation of the Stallion

February 01, 2007

When a veterinarian is considering a stallion's suitability as a breeding animal, the horse's history, current physical condition, and libido are just as important as his semen quality.... Read More

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New Twin Reduction Procedure

February 01, 2007

"We know that twinning has a profound impact on the mare," said Karen Wolfsdorf, DVM, Dipl. ACT, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "The presence of twins post-fixation (after the embryonic vesicle becomes stationary on about the 16th day after... Read More

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Postpartum Complications in the Mare

February 01, 2007

If your mare experiences complications following foaling, it's important to note when they arise, said Walter Zent, DVM, a veterinarian at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., in his presentation at the 2006 Hagyard Bluegrass... Read More

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Buserelin Use in the Anestrus Mare

February 01, 2007

A compounded drug has shown considerable promise in treating anestrus mares--those that are not cycling and thus are difficult to impregnate. Walter Zent, DVM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, described his experience using Buserelin in mare... Read More

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Overexcited Stallion

February 01, 2007

I have a stallion that "saucers" (exhibits glans penis enlargement) prior to mounting. Any suggestions?... Read More

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Keeping Stallions Focused

February 01, 2007

I'm a veterinary student from the United Kingdom and have been riding with a stud farm veterinarian in America going from place to place. I am trying to figure out the art of handling stallions for breeding. Can you please enlighten me on the... Read More

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Endometritis Diagnosis and Management

February 01, 2007

When a mare is bred by natural cover, the uterine lining, or endometrium, becomes inflamed. The stallion deposits semen in the uterus, as well as bacteria, bits of debris, and seminal fluid. The normally sterile uterus becomes irritated and... Read More

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From Breeding to Birth

February 01, 2007

Testing innovative techniques and brushing up on common procedures are the lifeblood of advancing any medical specialty, and the field of equine reproduction is no exception. Veterinarians are always looking for new ways to improve procedures they... Read More

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The First Supper

December 01, 2006

Your new foal is struggling to his feet and instinctively wobbling toward mom. You watch in anxious interest as she licks and nudges to encourage him--while he noses at her front leg, her flank, her buttock, and finally, DINNER!

The mare's... Read More

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Basics of Life

December 01, 2006

Reproduction in all species borders on the miraculous. How else can one describe a process where two infinitesimal entities, one from the male, the other from the female, join forces to produce living, breathing offspring?

Reproductive... Read More

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Equestrian Services, LLC and John Lyons Partner to Create Equestrian Facility

November 06, 2006

Equestrian Services, LLC, the provider of turn-key equestrian amenities for communities and resorts throughout the United States, announces its partnership with internationally-recognized trainer John Lyons, "America's Most Trusted Horseman," to... Read More

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Smaller Farms Making Impact in Thoroughbred Breeding Market

October 09, 2006

The market - fueled by sales of horses fetching enormous sums - is growing. More horses than ever are being sold, according to Keeneland sales director Geoffrey Russell. And encouraged by small farms like Monticule that have made big splashes at sal... Read More

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Stallion Handling Course for Veterinarians and Stallion Owners Available

October 04, 2006

The Havemeyer Equine Behavior Lab and the Section of Reproduction at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center is offering a stallion handling course for veterinarians, stallion owners, and managers. The two-day course will focus on... Read More

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Clues to Blue Eyes

October 01, 2006

Now that the foal has safely made its way into the world, the breeder starts inventorying exactly what she has in front of her: a colt. Strong Quarter Horse body. Three small white socks and a broad blaze down the center of his face. One blue eye.... Read More

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Equids Quick to Evolve

September 24, 2006

Researchers with the University of Bari in Italy have discovered that equids, and particularly donkeys, evolved at a rapid pace. Their study was published in the June issue of Genomics.

The researchers came this conclusion after... Read More

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Football Star Faces Fines After Dogs Kill Miniature Horse

September 22, 2006

Two dogs owned by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter got off his fenced property and killed a miniature horse on a nearby farm, leading to citations that carry several hundred dollars in potential fines.

Porter's dogs, a pit bull an... Read More

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Breeding Season Manipulation (Book Excerpt)

September 20, 2006

In order for a mare to foal on or a little bit after January 1, she needs to conceive during February. Left alone, mares are still in late anestrus or spring transition at this time (not the optimal time to be trying to breed a mare!).... Read More

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Report from Horse Genome Mapping Workshop

September 12, 2006

The horse genome mapping workshop was held on Aug. 22 in Port Seguro, Brazil. The chair of the workshop welcomed all attendees and presenters (totalling about 200 persons), and introduced the program. During the session, Dr. Domenico Bernoco... Read More

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Horse Genome Map in the Works

September 01, 2006

A Thoroughbred mare will soon join the human, mouse, dog, and other species on the list of mammals whose genomes have been sequenced and mapped. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is currently working on a high-level equine... Read More

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Genome Chosen as $2.5-Million Consortium Project

September 01, 2006

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) and the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine (UM) announced on Aug. 9 that the foundation has committed to raise $2.5 million over five years to fund the consortium project titled "Program in Equin... Read More

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Equine Medical Genetics Chosen as $2.5-Million Consortium Project

August 14, 2006

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) and the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine (UM) jointly announced on Aug. 9 that the foundation has committed to raise $2.5 million over five years to fund the top-ranked consortium project... Read More

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Breeding Cents

August 11, 2006

In 2003, the horse industry directly contributed $10.7 billion to the U.S. economy; $2.2 billion of that was from the breeding industry alone, according to a study published in 2005. It's no wonder that Karin Bosh's July 11 graduate defense... Read More