Recent News for Mare Care and Problems

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Field Reports Support Preliminary UK Research Results

May 03, 2002

Field reports from farm managers and equine practitioners attending the Equine Industry Task Force meeting Thursday evening, May 2nd appear to strongly support preliminary research results released by the University of Kentucky College of... Read More

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Veterinarians Discuss Current MRLS Concerns

May 02, 2002

The Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP) met Wednesday evening, May 1, to discuss the current status of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in central Kentucky.

A few isolated cases consistent with a... Read More

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Preliminary Results Released in MRLS Caterpillar Study

May 01, 2002

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture has released preliminary results from a collaborative project involving the departments of entomology, veterinary science and the livestock disease diagnostic center. Early results from this... Read More

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Bute Toxicity in Neonates

May 01, 2002

Q: My wife and I were told that giving Bute (phenylbutazone) to a mare in foal can cause heart defects in the foal, similar to aspirin taken by women in early pregnancy. Is there any connection? A: Signs of phenylbutazone toxicity in foals whose...... Read More

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New MRLS/Caterpillar Study Released

May 01, 2002

Preliminary results from a study at the University of Kentucky involving Eastern tent caterpillars and pregnant mares resulted in an early fetal loss syndrome similar to that associated with the mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) seen last... Read More

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Cyanide Study in Caterpillars

May 01, 2002

Terry Fitzgerald, PhD, a distinguished university professor of biological sciences at the State University of New York College at Cortland, said recent research has shown that the Eastern tent caterpillar does a very good job of depleting the... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Movement Beginning

April 26, 2002

Eastern tent caterpillars are still regarded as a primary risk factor in the mare reproductive loss syndromes (MRLS) of 2001, and very preliminary research trials continue to support the recommendation that pregnant mares should not be exposed t... Read More

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Equine Management Advisory for Kentucky Horse Farms

April 25, 2002

Conditions in the central and eastern part of Kentucky will again be right for the possible formation of frost in low lying areas tonight (Thursday, April 25), according to University of Kentucky researchers. Because of similarities in... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Monitoring Update

April 25, 2002

Result of Recently Completed Field Study

Ninety-one pregnant Thoroughbred mares on 8 farms in central Kentucky were studied by regular ultrasound examination to monitor the possible effects of exposure to MRLS during... Read More

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Advisory Issued Following Weather Forecast

April 22, 2002

Weather forecasts for the evening of April 24 in Central Kentucky have prompted University of Kentucky scientists to advise farm owners to temporarily restrict horses from eating pasture grass. The advisory is because of mare reproductive loss... Read More

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Mycotoxin Binders Not Labeled Legally

April 12, 2002

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the claims made by some feed products that they contain mycotoxin binders is illegal. In Kentucky last year, many feeds and supplements were touted as having mycotoxin binders in the face of mare... 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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Foal Reduction Slows, But Percentage Still High

April 10, 2002

The rate of reduction in foal losses in Kentucky is slowing, but it is still staggering. The latest figures from The Jockey Club show 32.4 percent less foals dropped in Kentucky this year through April 3 compared with a year ago. In an earlier... 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

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MRLS Study Reaches Task Force

April 03, 2002

(Updated 4/05/02) In a newly released study, a collaboration of statisticians and epidemiologists have pinpointed several factors that predisposed mares to early fetal losses (EFL) in central Kentucky and nearby areas in 2001, but still... Read More

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Pregnant Mare Weight Gain

April 01, 2002

We have a 6-year-old Quarter Horse mare and a 21-year-old Paint mare, both in foal to the same Quarter Horse stud. Both were five months along in mid-November (they were bred one week apart). The 6-year-old gained 31 pounds in a six-week period,... Read More

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Risk of Equine Viral Arteritis from Imported Stallions

April 01, 2002

Equine arteritis virus (EAV) causes a flu-like illness in adult horses called equine viral arteritis, and is responsible for abortion in mares and pneumonia in foals. Stallions can be become persistently infected and shed the virus in their... Read More

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Evaluating Reproductive Health in Mares

April 01, 2002

The reproductive system of the horse has evolved over time with specific protective functions that are necessary for fertility. The horse and pig are the only domestic animals in which semen is deposited directly into the uterus, in contrast to... Read More

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Cyanide Study in Caterpillars

March 29, 2002

Terry Fitzgerald, PhD, a distinguished university professor of biological sciences at the State University of New York College at Cortland, said recent research has shown that the Eastern tent caterpillar does a very good job of depleting the... Read More

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Spring Syndromes Theories

March 11, 2002

A meeting of the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners on March 7 brought together six of the leading researchers/investigators dealing with mare reproductive loss and other syndromes seen in the spring of 2001 in central Kentucky and... Read More

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Kentucky Veterinarians Discuss Syndrome Theories

March 08, 2002

What might at first have seemed like a confusing, and slightly overwhelming, presentation of information the night of March 7 concerning the various theories surrounding the five syndromes that struck Kentucky and other places in the spring of... Read More

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Feeding Broodmares

March 01, 2002

The broodmare goes through three phases of reproduction--early gestation, late gestation, and lactation. Mares in good body condition cycle earlier in the year, require fewer cycles per conception, have a higher pregnancy rate, and are able to... Read More

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Fescue Field Management

March 01, 2002

It is estimated that 35 million acres of United States pasture are planted with tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea), and roughly 700,000 horses graze these fescue pastures. This plant is a cool-season plant, so it grows in cooler climates,... Read More

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Scientists Sequence Clostridium perfringens Genome

March 01, 2002

According to Reuters Health news, Japanese scientists recently announced that they have sequenced the genome of Clostridium perfringens. The anaerobic (active in the absence of oxygen) pathogen is widely recognized as being a causal... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Meeting Emphasizes Communication

March 01, 2002

More than 350 veterinarians, farm managers and personnel, and other members of Central Kentucky's horse industry gathered on Feb. 4 in Lexington to review what is known about the mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) of 2001, and how to monitor... Read More