Recent News for Breeding Basics


Gluck Faculty to Speak at Thoroughbred Genetics Conference

August 20, 2011

Gluck faculty members will speak at the 2011 Thoroughbred Pedigree, Genetics, and Performance Conference.... Read More


Myostatin Gene in Thoroughbreds: Further Research Completed

August 19, 2011

Researchers are working to understand the link between the myostatin gene and Thoroughbreds' racing potential.... Read More


Mongolian Horse Genome Sequenced

August 13, 2011

Researchers from Inner Mongolia Agricultural University and BGI have sequenced the Mongolian horse genome.... Read More


UC Davis to Partner with APHA for Genetic Testing

July 25, 2011

The APHA has introduced the University of California, Davis, as its official genetic testing provider. ... Read More


Thoroughbred Genetics Conference Scheduled for Sept. 7-8

July 18, 2011

The 2011 Thoroughbred Pedigree, Genetics, and Performance Conference will be held Sept. 7-8 in Lexington, Ky.,... Read More


Mare Gestation Calculator

May 10, 2011

Are you wondering when your pregnant mare will foal? Use our Mare Gestation Calculator to find out! ... Read More


Cerebellar Abiotrophy: Not Just for Arabians?

May 10, 2011

Cerebellar abiotrophy (CA) might be able to jump the "breed barrier" and affect other types of horses.... Read More


Researchers Examine the Secret Life of Equine Embryos

May 07, 2011

A mare's pregnancy might not seem that complicated on the surface, but her relationship with the embryo and its adjacent parts--in total, the conceptus--is remarkably complex. In order to prevent early embryonic loss, the conceptus must interrupt her... Read More


Thoroughbred "Performance Genes" Further Examined in Study

April 28, 2011

The genetics behind the athletic performance of Thoroughbred racehorses has been a popular area of research in the past few years. A large-scale study was carried out recently in Japan, the results of which corroborate those of previous studies:... Read More


Vaccinating Pregnant Mares for Equine Viral Arteritis

April 24, 2011

In the event of an equine viral arteritis (EVA) outbreak, is it safe to vaccinate your pregnant mare so she develops the immunity she needs to prevent infection and resulting abortion? The results of a recent collaborative study completed by ... Read More


Investigating Horse Immunity

April 01, 2011

The immune system allows humans and animals including horses to survive in a complex world filled with harmful bacteria and viruses that can use our bodies for nourishment and reproduce within us. The immune system protects us from those organisms... Read More


Knowing Signs of Approaching Foaling Useful for Horse Breeders

March 06, 2011

Expected birth date is an age-old question for horse breeders tending to four-legged mothers-to-be. Most mares are bred naturally in a scheduled breeding with the stallion or through artificial insemination. Dave Freeman, PhD, Oklahoma State ... Read More


Uterine Ultrasound, Cytology Helpful in Pinpointing Pathogens (AAEP 2010)

March 04, 2011

When it comes to a mare's uterus, ultrasound examination and cytology (examination of cells under a microscope) can give a veterinarian a pretty good picture of what's going on inside that could be confounding conception. However, comparing these ... Read More


Increase in Cases of Placentitis Reported in Kentucky

February 25, 2011

The University of Kentucky Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is reporting an increase in the number of cases of fetuses and placentas submitted to the laboratory and diagnosed with nocardioform placentitis.... Read More


Superstar Mating: Rachel Alexandra Bred to Curlin

February 21, 2011

Two horses crowned as Horse of the Year were bred Feb. 21 when female superstar Thoroughbred Rachel Alexandra was mated with the stallion Curlin. The mating took place at 9 a.m. (EST) at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.... Read More


Nature vs. Nurture and Horse Health (AAEP 2010)

February 17, 2011

The phrase "nature vs. nurture" is usually used to refer to the debate over which has a greater impact on a person's personality and preferences--genetics or environment/rearing. But for this article, we'll use it in the context of fetal programming,... Read More


Cryptorchid Colt, Missing Equipment?

February 01, 2011

My newborn colt's testicles and umbilicus are set way back and the veterinarian can't feel the foal's penis. ... Read More


Young Horse Development: Birth to Six Months

February 01, 2011

Learn about the factors contributing to a foal's healthy development as he grows into a young horse: Genetics, nutrition, social development, immunity, growth rates, weaning, hoof care, and more.... Read More

Embryos of the cloned mules from the University of Idaho


A Chip Off the Old Block: Equine Cloning

February 01, 2011

In this article we'll explore how horses are cloned, why this process is becoming increasingly popular, how closely cloned offspring resemble the original animals, and potential perils and pitfalls.... Read More

Straw, the byproduct of grain production, is economical horse bedding. While it’s not as absorbent as other options, straw is often recommended for foaling stalls because it won’t stick to wet newborns.


Postpartum Problems in Mares

February 01, 2011

Post-foaling problems caused by dystocia and other factors can be serious and immediate treatment is critical.... Read More


Manual Reduction of Twins in Mares (AAEP 2010)

January 30, 2011

While a mare with twins by her side is rare and sometimes celebrated, twinning in horses is actually dangerous for the mare, especially during delivery. More often than not, one of the twins, generally the smaller and weaker of the two, will die ... Read More


Animal Genetics Testing Lab Celebrates 25th Anniversary

January 28, 2011

This year the University of Kentucky's Animal Genetics Testing & Research Laboratory (AGTRL) will celebrate 25 years of offering a variety of genetic testing services to horse owners and breed registries. Established in 1986 and formerly known as the... Read More


Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Panel Adopts Changes

January 27, 2011

A committee that advises the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KRHC) on its breeders' incentive program met again Jan. 25 and approved three additional recommendations for ways in which the program should be changed.
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Equine Abortion of Unknown Cause

January 22, 2011

Pregnancy loss is relatively common in horses. Only 80% of mares bred give birth to a live foal at term. The loss of the developing foal (fetus) during gestation can fall under one of two categories: early embryonic loss, in which the loss of a fetus... Read More


Mare Reproductive Health Gets Help From Newly FDA-Approved Drug

January 05, 2011

After years of intensive research, a product called SucroMate has achieved the coveted status of FDA-approved for reproductive health in mares. This is no easy feat as only two veterinary drugs obtained FDA approval in 2010. SucroMate is licensed to ... Read More