Recent News for Breeding Basics

Article

100 Years of Horse Health Care

January 01, 2000

Standing on the fresh field of a brand new century, we look eagerly-if sometimes cautiously-toward the horizon and the unknown future awaiting us. We hope that, in the months and years to come, we will solve problems long puzzled over and finish... Read More

Article

Breeding the Older Mare

December 01, 1999

Older mares' reproductive ability declines, and getting and keeping them pregnant become more problematic.... Read More

Article

Cryptorchid Surgery

September 01, 1999

It’s time to have your young colt gelded, so you make an appointment with your veterinarian. He arrives on the designated day and examines the colt prior to the surgery, then informs you that your colt is a bilateral cryptorchid and will need... Read More

Article

There Was a Crooked Foal

May 01, 1999

A newborn foal, teetering on spidery legs, has a knock-kneed, awkward charm that can melt hearts. ... Read More

Article

Testicular Descent

April 01, 1999

A discussion of cryptorchidism in young stallions is fraught with controversy. Everyone agrees on what constitutes cryptorchidism, but that sometimes is as far as agreement goes. We know that the condition involves the retention of one or both... Read More

Article

Post-Foaling Problems In Mares

March 01, 1999

Next on the concern list immediately after foaling is the mare. Did she come through the short, but almost violent birthing process unscathed? Or are we facing some post-foaling problems that could compromise her health, her ability to conceive again... Read More

Article

DNA Kit Now Available For $30

February 19, 1999

AQHA's Executive Committee, at its January meeting, reduced the cost for a DNA kit from $40 to $30 per horse. The new price became effective Feb. 1, 1999.

To date, AQHA offers its Members... Read More

Article

Reading Pedigrees

February 01, 1999

The horse you see--or the foal you envision--reflects generations of ancestors. Owners of those ancestors made decisions on mating horses, planning each generation. They selected animals by examining the successes of previous horsemen, as... Read More

Article

Foals and Meconium Impaction

February 01, 1999

Passing the meconium is, to me, the second-biggest hurdle a foal must overcome after birth--the first, obviously, is making the transition from the protected life within the uterus to life outside the uterus (breathing, standing, nursing).... Read More

Article

Fundamentals Of Foaling

February 01, 1999

To understand some of the unusual aspects of birth in horses, it is helpful to consider how the species survived before domestication. The horse's defense against predators always has been... Read More

Article

Teasing for Successful Breeding

February 01, 1999

A good teasing program is essential for insuring success in an equine breeding program. Without it, breeding can become a hit-and-miss proposition, despite the sophisticated tools that are available to veterinarians and breeding technicians. ... Read More

Article

EVA--Equine Viral Arteritis

February 01, 1999

Imagine the following telephone conversation. "Yes, I'd like to order some disease, please."

"Yes, ma'am. We can get some disease right out to you. When do you want your disease delivered?"

"The sooner, the better!"... Read More

Article

Foal IgG (Antibody)

February 01, 1999

The foal is born with a functional immune system (if all is normal), but has a general absence of immunoglobulins to aid in the defense against infection. The foal acquires his initial immunoglobulin protection from the mare's first milk, which... Read More

Article

AAEP Convention 1998 Wrap-Up

February 01, 1999

Wonder where your veterinarian was the first week in December? If he or she is at the top of the game as an equine practitioner, you probably could find him or her enjoying the weather in Baltimore, Md., site of the 44th American Association of... Read More

Article

Effects Of Weaning On Growing Foals

January 22, 1999

Every foal must be weaned from its dam at some point. However, when and how the weaning process is undertaken may have significant effects on the growing horse. One of the physiological responses often noted at weaning is a... Read More

Article

Feeding The Orphan Foal

January 01, 1999

Every breeder dreads finding himself or herself with an orphan foal--a baby left alone when his dam dies of foaling complications or from a later, unrelated injury or illness; or a foal rejected by his mother or for some reason, unable to nurse.... Read More

Article

Fetal Development and Foal Growth

January 01, 1999

Foals born to mares which do not receive proper nourishment during gestation could be born weak.... Read More

Article

Regulating Estrus in Mares

December 01, 1998

Having mares come into estrus at regular intervals can be an important assist in maintaining his fertility.... Read More

Article

Genetic Testing: The Secret World Of Genes

December 01, 1998

Genetic testing in horses helps us learn about their physical characteristics, diseases, and much more.... Read More

Article

First Sex-Selected Filly Born

August 21, 1998

Through the collaborative efforts of Colorado State University, USDA, MoFlo, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cytomation the world's first sex-selected filly was born August 6, 1998. The filly, Call Me Madam, was... Read More

Article

Twin Lipizzans Born At Tempel Farms

August 07, 1998

The rarest of the rare has happened at Tempel Farms, home of the prized Tempel Lipizzan stallions. Twin Lipizzan foals have been born—an improbable occurrence that takes place in fewer than one percent of all horse births, and is made even more... Read More

Article

Weaning Strategies

August 01, 1998

No one looks forward to weaning time. There's nothing quite as heart-rending as the sound of a panicky foal, galloping up and down the fence line calling desperately for the mother who's been taken away--unless it's the sound of his dam calling... Read More

Article

Center For Reproductive Technology Founded

March 27, 1998

The possibility of human cloning and other advancements in assisted reproductive technologies have recently captured a niche on the news agenda and focused ethical issues for a national debate. But these same advancements hav... Read More

Article

Do Genetics Affect Racing Performance?

March 27, 1998

We know some Thoroughbreds are faster than others. But why? Some are back at the knee. Some are sounder than others. Some are more susceptible to infectious diseases than others. But why?

These, and countless other questions, were... Read More

Article

Cosmetic Alteration Of Arabian Horses

March 02, 1998

Surgical alteration of any Arabian horse to enhance its appearance is not in the breed's best interest.... Read More