Recent News for Breeding Basics

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Readers Respond: Night Mare

February 27, 2008

More than 1,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How many nights annually do you spend in the barn with a sick or pregnant horse?"

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Ovariectomy an Option for Performance Mares and Molly Mules

February 19, 2008

Lacey is beautiful, full of personality, and very athletic--for a mule, that is. Her owners plan on showing their cherished mule when she is ready, but they face an obstacle that all owners of female mules or mares go through--heat cycles.

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Laboratory Testing Can Help Pinpoint Cause of Abortion

February 05, 2008

When a mare aborts a foal, it can be a traumatic event for both horse and owner. While emotionally and financially expensive, abortion is not terribly uncommon in the equine breeding business. As many as 30% of broodmares fail to produce a... Read More

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Hitting the Road for Education

February 01, 2008

Take more than 1,000 veterinarians and veterinary students from around the globe, some armed with presentations representing thousands of hours worth of equine research, and add to it some tartan, bagpipes, and Scottish fare. Drop it all into a... Read More

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Genetic Test for "Sow Mouth"?

February 01, 2008

Is there a genetic test to find out if my horse's "sow mouth" is hereditary or a growth problem? ... Read More

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Emergency C-Section

February 01, 2008


With the right care, mare and foal can survive this critical event.

The first step in the decision to do a Caesarean section is that all other forms of help have been exhausted. Often,... Read More

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Tips to Predicting a Foal's Arrival

February 01, 2008


Familiarity with the foaling process and your mare is crucial to predicting birth, but you also can employ sensors, alarms, and video monitoring systems.

The act of foaling by a mare i... Read More

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Retired Racehorses to Participate in Texas A&M Study

January 29, 2008

More than 100 horses currently being cared for by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will take part in a study at Texas A&M University that will attempt to identify genes in horses predisposed to fractures and catastrophic injuries... Read More

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The Genetics Revolution

January 13, 2008

Mapping the horse genome used to be a pie-in-the-sky type of wish for veterinary geneticists: Understanding the genetic makeup of the horse could help them unlock a plethora of equine health mysteries and improve horse care. It was a tough... Read More

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Curly Horse Farm Caters to Allergic Equestrians

January 05, 2008

Curly is on its way to becoming the fashion in France--not only in the hairdressers' salons, but in the stables, including a new equestrian center just north of the Riviera.

Since 2000, American Bashkir Curly breeding farms have been popping u... Read More

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Study: Light-Colored Horses at Higher Risk of Dying from West Nile Virus

January 03, 2008

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada, recently published a study indicating that light-colored horses diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV) might be more likely to succumb to the disease than their... Read More

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Best Breeding Approach

December 01, 2007

Q: For a horse reproduction project in my equine seminar course, I was trying to find video clips of horses breeding. Well, there were many on YouTube, and it took awhile to find the decent ones. But once I found some that were... Read More

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Tobiano Gene Discoveries Mean Better Tests

December 01, 2007

Looking to breed for spots and have certainty about it?

Breeders trying to produce horses with tobiano coloring have a new tool, available through genetic research, to help them select their breeding stock.

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Good Genes: Genome Research has Broad Applications for Horse Health

November 29, 2007

Research into the equine genome is revealing the tiny source of many big problems affecting horses. Scientists received a whole new set of tools when the first version of the equine DNA sequence--the genetic code of horses, arranged into the... Read More

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When Foaling Goes Wrong

November 26, 2007

There is something magical about foaling time that involves more than just observing the start of a new life--special though that might be. In addition, it often is the fruition of months, even years, of planning and anticipation on the part of... Read More

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Progesterone Test Makes Reproductive Management Less of a Nightmare

November 13, 2007

New research has revealed that a commercially available progesterone test is reliable and practical, and it can help veterinarians manage breeding mares more efficiently.

According to researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine at... Read More

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The Business of Breeding

November 01, 2007

Breeding in the horse world breaks down into a few categories: field breeding (where the horses just do what comes naturally) live cover in a breeding shed, and artificial insemination. The tools of the trade range from very basic to high-tech ... Read More

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New Research on PSSM Prevalence, Heritability in Progress

October 04, 2007

Researchers with the University of Minnesota have identified polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in 6-12% of overtly healthy Quarter Horses on six farms involved in a new study. They also said the disease could be more common within certain... Read More

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Fetotomy: A Viable Option for Resolving Dystocia Caused by Nonviable Foals

August 06, 2007

Fetotomy (the vaginal removal from a mare of a dead fetus in two or more pieces) is a viable option for resolving severe dystocia (difficult birth), with better mare survival rates than those cases involving Cesarean section, according to... Read More

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Inducing Ovulation With Recombinant Equine Luteinizing Hormone

July 29, 2007

Manipulating the estrous cycle in mares is a big part of many breeding operations, and medications play various roles in the process. There are several options for inducing ovulation, including human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG),... Read More

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MAF Beginning First Phase of Equine Genetic Research Consortium

July 19, 2007

Equine scientists will begin developing a unique set of research tools that will lead to major advances in the health of horses worldwide through the Morris Animal Foundation's Equine Consortium for Genetic Research.

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The Equine Genome: What it Means for the Future of Horse Health

July 17, 2007

The National Human Genome Research Institute announced the first assembly of the completed horse DNA sequence on Feb. 7, 2007. Why would a human health... Read More

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Glycogen-Branching Enzyme Deficiency (AAEP 2006)

July 16, 2007

Glycogen-branching enzyme deficiency, a genetic mutation affecting a particular glycogen-storage enzyme, is traced back to Quarter Horse sire King or his sire, Zantanon. Up to 8% of Quarter Horses and Paint horses carry the GBED defect. ... Read More

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Breeding and Reproduction Tips

July 13, 2007

People are always looking for tips on how to do things better--particularly horse breeders looking for ways to get healthier foals. Benjamin Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT, a practitioner from San Antonio, offered insight on many areas of equine reproduction... Read More

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Reinforcing Reinforcement Breeding

July 11, 2007

It's common practice at some breeding farms--collecting the drippings from a stallion's penis after he breeds and dismounts a mare, evaluating the sample to confirm that ejaculation did occur, then placing the sample in the mare. Reinforcement... Read More