Recent News for Breeding Basics

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Endometritis in Horses Explained

November 01, 2010

Often, the only clinical sign of endometritis is not what you do see but what you don't see: a pregnancy. Endometritis is a major cause of female infertility, affecting up to 15% of broodmares. But because it frequently lacks clear clinical signs... Read More

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Genetic Research is a New Tool in Breeding

October 13, 2010

The quest to breed a better horse has led Thoroughbred breeders to try many unorthodox theories and systems, all with mixed results. To date, the success (or lack thereof) of most of these tools has been anecdotal, with no way to qua... Read More

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A Gene for Speed?

October 09, 2010

What makes a winner? Just about every breeder and owner has asked and debated this question. Certainly genetics must play a role, or why else breed a winning stallion or mare? But is there a gene for speed? This was the question asked of the ... Read More

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Lavender Foal Syndrome Test Offered by Cornell University

September 14, 2010

his year has been an exciting one for Arabian horse owners. Not only has the genetic mutation for lavender foal syndrome (LFS) been determined, a test that can identify affected foals and horses that carry the gene for the disease has been developed.... Read More

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For a Fostered Foal, There's Nothing Like a Mother's Love

August 29, 2010

The loss of a mother: a tragic event for any species. Likewise, the loss of an infant: devastating. At the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana this spring, both of these events occurred, leaving a mare without her baby... Read More

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Seeking Solutions to Separation Anxiety

August 26, 2010

When teaching young horses to accept separation from their pasturemates, it might seem like a good idea to train them in pairs first for a while before training them alone. However, new equitation science research suggests that pairing them up might ... Read More

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Head to Tail Neonatal Care

August 16, 2010

With the economy the way it is, many neonatal foals are being managed on the farm rather than being sent to a clinic, according to Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, at the recent... Read More

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Once-Paralyzed Foal Now Walking Freely

August 03, 2010

Vitelle, the once-paralyzed filly, is finally walking, trotting, and cantering without a walker at the farm in Belgium she left more than a year ago. In June 2009, at 3 weeks old, the Boulonnais Draft horse foal developed sudden paralysis and urinary... Read More

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In Defense of Grade Horses

August 01, 2010

Many people are under the impression that grade horses (those whose parentage is unknown, unidentifiable, or of significantly mixed breeding) are largely to blame for the horse overpopulation issue. ... Read More

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TheHorse.com Presents Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Weaning July 28

July 28, 2010

Do you have questions about weaning strategies and health concerns for recently weaned foals and/or their dams? You're not the only one! Join us on Wednesday, July 28, from 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST for our Ask the Vet Live Q&A chat event on weaning...... Read More

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One in a Million: Part 2

July 28, 2010

Genetic testing has shown Dunbars Gold, a 1996 brindle Quarter Horse stallion, to be an extremely rare chimera, an individual with two DNA types. Of the more than 4.7 million American Quarter Horses registered with AQHA, only 15 are brindles... Read More

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More Foals Surviving Dystocia

July 25, 2010

Foals have a better chance of surviving dystocia if the mare is taken to an equine hospital as soon as the prolonged delivery is recognized, said Katherine Cole MacGillivray, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, of Haygard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, K... Read More

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One in a Million, Part 1

July 21, 2010

Genetic testing has shown Dunbars Gold, a 1996 brindle Quarter Horse stallion, to be an extremely rare chimera, an individual with two DNA types. Of the more than 4.7 million American Quarter Horses registered with AQHA, only 15 are brindles... Read More

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Ways to Wean Young Horses

July 01, 2010

There are many ways to wean foals, but a method in which the foal can make a gradual adjustment to being apart from his dam or herdmates is often the least stressful. There's no best way to wean, however, because many factors enter the equation... Read More

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Treating Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

June 28, 2010

If a foal comes down with signs of equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE), confirm the diagnosis, treat the affected foal, and monitor the herd for additional cases, Connie Gebhart, PhD, said at the 2010 ACVIM Forum, June 9-12 in Anaheim, Calif... Read More

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Is She Ready to Foal Yet?

June 22, 2010

How do I know if my mare is getting close to her delivery date?
A: This can vary a great deal from mare to... Read More

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Equine Viral Arteritis Monitoring Is Ongoing

June 16, 2010

The Office of the (KY) State Veterinarian is continuing to monitor an outbreak of equine viral arteritis that has been reported in Argentina, according to a recent news release from that office. Information available suggests th... Read More

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Clones Benefit From Experienced Veterinarians at Birth

June 04, 2010

The best way to give cloned foals a leg up is to make sure that an experienced veterinary team is present when the mare gives birth, according to a recent study. Katrin Hinrichs, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, and her colleagues recently revie... Read More

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Mutation Causing Lavender Foal Syndrome Identified

May 19, 2010

A mutation in the gene called myosin Va (MYO5A) is responsible for Lavender Foal Syndrome (LFS).... Read More

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Clydesdale Mare Successfully Foals Twins

May 19, 2010

First-time horse breeders Wilem and Tineka Vos, of Paris, Ontario, Canada, had to do a double-take when their Clydesdale mare gave birth just over two weeks ago.

At about 5:30 a.m. on April 29, Wilem went out to the barn to see a fil... Read More

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Breakthrough in Genetic Testing of Embryos

April 18, 2010

Early this year, frozen embryos that had undergone genetic testing were thawed and successfully transferred into the uteri of surrogate mares at Minitube International Center for Biotechnology in Mount Horeb, Wis.

The benefit of gen... Read More

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Breeding on Foal Heat Considerations

April 10, 2010

Weigh the benefits and risks of breeding a mare on her first postpartum ovulation, referred to as a foal heat.... Read More

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Allergy, Parasite Link Investigated

April 01, 2010

Horses with allergic diseases, like recurrent airway obstruction, might have fewer parasites.... Read More

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Family of Hermaphroditic Horses Identified

March 30, 2010

Koko the horse appeared to be a typical mare, but when she began acting overly aggressive and trying to mount her female counterparts, her owner became suspicious.

After a barrage of tests at the University of Guelph's Ontario Ve... Read More

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Horses Needed for Equine Metabolic Syndrome Research Project

March 22, 2010

Equine metabolic syndrome is a devastating disease characterized by the three main features of obesity, insulin resistance, and laminitis. Certain breeds or individual horses are predisposed to EMS, and are often referred to as "easy keepers." These... Read More