Recent News for Breeding Basics

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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

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The Sub-Fertile Stallion

March 01, 1998

When we consider that foaling rates overall range somewhere in the neighborhood of 55-60% it becomes instantly obvious that simply covering a mare and getting a foal are not a sure thing. The problem is not always with the mare. ... Read More

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Foal Sharing

February 01, 1998

Foal sharing, by definition, is an agreement under which a mare owner puts up the use of a mare while the stallion owner puts up the use of a season. Together, the two partners own the resulting foal with no currency having changed hands for a stud... Read More

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Predicting Foaling

February 01, 1998

Eleven months is a considerable length of time to anticipate the birth of a foal. A great deal of hope, excitement, dreams, and financial investment can accompany the arrival of a newborn. Because of the long wait, most owners want to monitor th... Read More

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Sub-Fertile Mares

February 01, 1998

A broodmare which fails to conceive or carry a foal to term can be an emotional and financial liability. For the backyard breeder, the liability might be primarily emotional, when that special mare you wanted to produce your next trail horse or... Read More

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Does Frozen Semen Really Work?

February 01, 1998

It has been more than 40 years since Canadian investigators reported the birth of the first foal from the insemination of a mare using frozen stallion semen. Since then, the technology of semen freezing has evolved tremendously. On a... Read More

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Oxytocin And Maternal Recognition Of Pregnancy In Mares

January 09, 1998

It is well established that early conceptus loss (the embryo and its associated extra-embryonic membranes) is a major source of reproductive inefficiency in domestic animals. Early pregnancy in all mammals is characterized by a high fertilizatio... Read More

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Estrous Cycle Primer

January 01, 1998

For all things there is a time and a season. Nowhere is this more true than in equine reproduction. Nature has established a definite time and season for mares to conceive and bear foals. It is a very sensible approach on the part of... Read More

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Newborn Knowledge

January 01, 1998

Final preparations will need to be made so that the newborn foal gets the best chance at life.... Read More

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Mare Breeding Soundness Examination

December 01, 1997

Historically, mares have one of the lowest average conception/birth rates of any of the domestic species (somewhere in the neighborhood of 60-70%). Excellent breeding and overall management of mares and the blessing of... Read More

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The Orphan Foal

December 01, 1997

The birth of a long-awaited foal is an occasion to celebrate. All of the planning, breeding dates, pregnancy c... Read More

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Advances In Semen Sexing

December 01, 1997

Rens, Welch, and Johnson of Beltsville, Md., reported significant improvements in their flow cytometric semen sexing procedure at the American Society of Animal Science's meeting.

The sexing of sperm with the Beltsville method is based o... Read More

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Genetics Primer

September 01, 1997

Progress in the field of genetics has been moving by leaps and bounds during the past few years. It wasn't long ago that researchers discovered ways to unravel and study DNA, that elusive strand of genes that inhabits each and... Read More

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Barren Mares

June 01, 1997

For a successful domestic species, the fertility rate of the horse is surprisingly low. Coupled with an 11-month gestation period and a single offspring per year, producing a foal is a significant investment for any breeder. So, if you're... Read More

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Endophyte-Infested Fescue: Hidden Dangers

March 01, 1997

Horse breeders noticed that they were having foaling problems with some mares which were grazing fescue grass or being fed fescue hay. Cattle producers reported that steers on fescue pastures or being fed fescue hay appeared to be unthrifty and that ... Read More

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Stallion Anatomy and Physiology

December 01, 1996

Breeding horses is a precarious business at best. Despite great strides in research, conception rates overall are not high. Some researchers place them as low as 55-60% of all mares bred. In many cases, blame is placed on the mare. Sh... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology of a Mare's Reproductive System

November 01, 1996

Moody. Inscrutable. Temperamental. Cantankerous. Mares seem to get tagged with such stereotypical labels. When your female equine displays inappropriate behavior, you might hear someone snort, "Typical mare!" Your mare's nature and individual... Read More

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Urine Pooling

April 01, 1996

A small percentage of broodmares will be afflicted with urine pooling, also known as vesicovaginal reflux (VVR) or urovagina. But when it does occur, it is a serious problem that sometimes can only be remedied with surgery. Simply put, urine... Read More

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Biologic Solutions

March 01, 1996

(Author's note: Sera, Inc., who markets oral and IV equine IgG products approved by the USDA, sponsored a roundtable discussion on Biological Solutions for Biological Problems in Lexington, Ky. Participating in the roundtable were: Michelle... Read More

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Prepping Stallions

February 01, 1996

It's getting close to the breeding season. What are some tips on getting my stallion, my crew, and myself ready for the onslaught?

How you get a stallion ready for the breeding season depends on many things, but basically you... Read More

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Twinning

February 01, 1996

Congratulations, you have successfully bred your mare. But do you have time to sit back, catch your breath, and wait eleven months for the foal? Unfortunately not. You might have cleared the first hurdle, but the obstacle course has just begun.... Read More

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Jaundice

January 01, 1996

Each year a small percentage of foals are born to mares whose immune systems, in an odd twist of nature, are prepared to battle their own foals. Antibodies from the mare, delivered to the foal in the colostrum it drinks soon after birth, attack... Read More

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Breaks At Birth

January 01, 1996

In humans you tape them. In dogs you can fix them with a cage that fits outside the chest. But in foals, cracked or fractured ribs can be hard to find, present no easy solutions, and can be life-threatening.

Each winter and spring as foals... Read More