Recent News for Breeding Basics

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No Live Foal Guarantees

February 01, 2003

Subconsciously, you've been holding your breath for months. From the moment your mare was confirmed in foal, it's been a tense waiting game. And although she will be foaling soon, you know a healthy foal is still anything but a given. Between... Read More

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Genetic Compatibility

January 28, 2003

Michael Goodbody is the managing director of Gainsborough Stud Management near Newbury, England. He delivered the following speech to the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) at its annual awards dinner in London on Jan. 7.

I would now... Read More

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Genetically Speaking

January 28, 2003

Ireland is not a big country. It covers only 32,599 square miles, making it about the same size as Indiana. But Ireland plays a large and important role in the Thoroughbred industry. Some of the best runners in the world are raised on its... Read More

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High-Risk Pregnancies and Sick Foals

January 09, 2003

In defining a high-risk mare, Bain said she is one which has had previous foaling problems such as dystocia (difficult delivery), hemorrhage, or a red bag delivery. He said a mare also could be at risk because of medical illness, surgery, colic... Read More

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Environment and Hormones

January 01, 2003

Some natural and man-made compounds in the environment can disrupt the delicate reproduction hormone balance in many species, possibly including horses. Her suggestion was that although this cause of reproductive dysfunction had not been studied in h... Read More

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Kentucky Abortions Update

December 18, 2002

The “blip” of abortions seen in August, September, and October in Kentucky has continued on through December. With only about 50 total abortions reported, this problem might not even catch the attention of many people in a normal year, as... Read More

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Genome Meeting Convenes

November 26, 2002

In October 2002, a meeting of the Interagency Working Group for domestic animal genome sequencing was convened at the USDA Whitten Building in Washington DC to discuss prioritization of domestic animal species for DNA genome sequencing. That suc... Read More

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Meeting Addresses Prioritization of DNA Genome Sequencing in Animals

November 22, 2002

In October 2002, a meeting of the Interagency Working Group for domestic animal genome sequencing was convened at the USDA Whitten Building in Washington, D.C. to discuss prioritization of domestic animal species for DNA genome sequencing. That... Read More

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Neonatal Emergency Management in the Field

November 06, 2002

Rhonda Rathgeber, DVM, PhD stressed the need for assessing newborn foals early for abnormal conditions.... Read More

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Find Reproductive Problems

November 01, 2002

Most of us associated with breeding mares and stallions can't wait for the season to end and don't want to think of barren mares and stallions until next year. However, the most opportune time to identify causes of infertility might be missed if... Read More

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Breeding Soundness Exam of the Mare

November 01, 2002

Horse breeding is a time-consuming and expensive business. Therefore, horse breeders must be able to assess the likelihood of a mare being able to conceive, carry a fetus through a pregnancy, and deliver a live foal. While unforeseen problems ca... Read More

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Foaling Alarms--Expecting Company?

November 01, 2002

There are several types of foaling alarms available. They are designed to notify the person responsible (owner, farm manager, or foaling attendant) that the mare is in labor. ... Read More

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Bluegrass Equine Reproduction Symposium: Stallions

October 30, 2002

A four-day seminar focusing on reproduction education for veterinarians was hosted by Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 23-26 This is the fifth year for a fall seminar hosted by the group, which now alternates with a... Read More

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The Gray Gene

October 23, 2002

British scientists have identified the distinctive gene that gives about 3% of the Thoroughbred population the gray coat color, and they plan to continue studying the genetics in hopes of learning why grays are more prone to developing melanomas... Read More

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Purina Veterinary Conference 2002

October 16, 2002

Only 20 miles from downtown St. Louis, Mo., is a 1,200-acre research farm owned by the nutrition company Purina Mills. On Oct. 3-5, 140-plus veterinarians and another 50 Purina Mills representatives gathered to tour that research facility and... Read More

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American Quarter Horse Association Board of Directors to Consider Eligibility of Cremellos and Amendment of "White Rule"

October 16, 2002

Cremellos or perlinos, which are horses that exhibit light or pink skin over the body, white or cream-colored hair, and blue eyes, might be eligible for registration in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Last week, the AQHA Stud Book... Read More

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Arabian Registry To Require DNA Testing

October 11, 2002

DNA testing replaces blood typing as the Arabian Horse Registry of America's required tool for verification.... Read More

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USDA Funds Genome Project

October 11, 2002

The horse genome effort received a major boost in April 1998 when the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved renewal of an initiative of the National Animal Genome Project which, for the first time, includes support for... Read More

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Origins of the Horse

September 18, 2002

It was previously thought that modern horses were descended from a limited number of wild herds and were selectively bred, leading to the diversity in breeds that we have now. However, new DNA evidence suggests that horses have a more diverse... 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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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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Acupuncture and Microdose Prostaglandin in the Mare

May 01, 2002

Prostaglandin F2 alpha (PG) is used to shorten a mare's cycle and hasten ovulation for breeding. Unfortunately, the standard PG dose (5 mg) also causes undesirable side effects, including sweating, trembling, increased heart rate, and... Read More

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Foal Hyperbaric Chamber Studies Commence

April 12, 2002

Studies examining the effects of hyperbaric oxygen on dummy foals and those with septic joints have begun.... Read More

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Rare White Thoroughbred Born in Kentucky

April 10, 2002

Patchen Beauty, the rare white Thoroughbred mare who garnered a lot of attention when she competed on the Kentucky circuit in the mid-1990s, produced a white colt on April 5 at Warren Rosenthal's Patchen Wilkes Farm near Lexington,... Read More

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Some NY Farms Experiencing Foaling Problems

April 05, 2002

Some New York breeding farms have experienced an unusual number of foaling problems so far this breeding season, and slightly higher incidences of sickness and herpesvirus abortions. There is evidence to suggest a slight connection between the... Read More