Recent News for Mare Care and Problems

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Evaluating Placentas Can Pinpoint Potential Problems

October 16, 2001

Although common knowledge among veterinarians, few horse owners know that the condition of a mare's placenta following birth is a useful barometer for gauging the health of a newborn foal. If the placenta appears abnormal, the foal could be at... Read More

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Without Warning: Dystocia

October 16, 2001

Eleven months is a long time to wait for the birth of a foal. Even with the best of care, things can go wrong and interrupt the normal development of the fetus and/or compromise the health of the mare.

When the day (or as is often the case,... Read More

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Late Gestation Mare Management

October 15, 2001

The final months of a mare's gestation period are anxious ones. As an owner during those final weeks, one is filled with anticipation now that the date of birth is approaching. At the same time, there are those disquieting concerns about... Read More

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Uterine Cysts

October 15, 2001

The equine uterus, in a manner of speaking, could be compared to a house. When a house is snug and solid with no broken windows, holes in the roof, drafts, or plugged drains, it is a comfortable place in which to live. If, however, there are... Read More

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Geldings and Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)

October 12, 2001

Q: Is it possible for a gelding to have equine viral arteritis? I've read all about this disease in mares and stallions, but I have not read anything about it in geldings.

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New MRLS Theory Suggested

October 12, 2001

The examination of mycotoxins, wild cherry trees, molds, cyanide, odd climatic conditions, and unusually heavy caterpillar infestation has led to one more possible theory to how mare reproductive loss syndrome was triggered this... Read More

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Ohio Searches for Reasons Behind its Spring Losses

October 12, 2001

The same survey questions used to look at risk factors in mares with late-gestation and early fetal losses in Central Kentucky are being used to investigate the outbreak in Southeastern Ohio.

Stephen Schumacher, a... Read More

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Foal Rejection

October 11, 2001

To understand why foal rejection occurs and how to prevent it, you must first realize what is normal post-foaling maternal behavior.... Read More

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Preparing for Foaling

October 11, 2001

This article will describe procedures that should be done before foaling, the events that take place just prior to foaling, what events take place during a normal foaling--along with the normal post-foaling events--and will describe some of... Read More

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Mare Fertility Insurance

October 11, 2001

Each year horse breeders, regardless of the breed they nurture, make their biggest financial decisions when they decide on matings. Those decisions involve the allure of the equine business and its... Read More

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Hemorrhage in the Broodmare

October 11, 2001

A mare is at the greatest risk of a deadly complication associated with foaling known as hemorrhage in the 24-48 hours after giving birth. However, it is important to note that hemorrhage can occur at any time during gestation, and that it shoul... Read More

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Maternal Behavior

October 11, 2001

"She can go from sweetheart to witch in a split second," is often an apt description for a broodmare with foal at side, or, in some cases, a mare which is approaching parturition. Maternal behavior in mares can range all the way from being a... Read More

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Survey Confirms Preliminary Thoughts; Points to Other Research Needs

October 11, 2001

"This survey was to identify risk factors, not causes," emphasized Dr. Roberta Dwyer of the Gluck Equine Research Center. Dwyer was the University of Kentucky's leader in the organization and implementation of the survey of 133 farms... Read More

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Breeding on Foal Heat

October 10, 2001

The mare has a long gestational period and to be a yearly producer she must be back in foal, on average, 25 days from giving birth. It is important to understand all the processes that take place in the period from parturition to the restoration... Read More

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Venereal Disease in Horses

October 10, 2001

Venereal diseases are those that can be sexually transmitted. "Vener" is the Latin term for sexual intercourse and, hence, the origin of the term "venereal." The outcome of sexually transmitted diseases in horses can vary... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis

October 09, 2001

Mares grazing on tall fescue pastures infected with a toxin have increased gestation lengths, mare and foal deaths, agalactia (absent milk secretion after birth), retained placentas, premature separation of the placenta at birth, and... Read More

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What You Do Not Know...

October 05, 2001

The federal government decided to include funding for equine research in the fiscal year 1999 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that passed recently (see Up Front page 9). Those moneys are earmarked for several areas, including research into... Read More

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Risk Management for MRLS in 2002 Detailed; Cause Still Unconfirmed

October 05, 2001

Researchers have not pinpointed the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), but on Tuesday night they gave Central Kentucky farm managers some proactive steps in hopes of preventing its effects next year. Dr. Scott Smith, the dean of th... Read More

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AAEP 1995 Convention Roundup

October 04, 2001

A total of 2,351 equine veterinarians--a record attendance--descended on Lexington for the 41st annual American Association of Equine Practitioners convention. Committee business dominated the day on Dec. 2, with 21 of the association's 40... Read More

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Dual Hemisphere Breeding

October 03, 2001

Thoroughbred breeding stallions truly have joined the jet set. These four-legged  Romeos are flying from one part of the world to another these days as they perform breeding duties on both sides of the equator. Hundreds of... Read More

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Oxytocin and Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy

October 03, 2001

A research report from the laboratory at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky noted that it is well-established that early conceptus loss (the embryo and its... Read More

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Breeding Facilities

October 03, 2001

Any way you look at it, building a barn is a major undertaking. Doing it right the first time, to avoid headaches later, is the smart approach. In addition to the usual considerations of location, aesthetics, cost, and... Read More

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Is No News, Good News? Foal Loss Research Ongoing

October 01, 2001

While there haven't been any headlines about the various syndromes that affected a large section of the eastern and mid-western United States this spring, that doesn't mean that researchers and... Read More

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More on Panic Attacks

October 01, 2001

Readers Respond

August's Behavior column (article #914) sparked heated debate about euthanasia for horses with incurable panic attacks. This month we feature two readers' responses and the author's comments.

It was a... Read More

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Breeding With Chilled and Frozen Semen

September 26, 2001

Artificial Insemination (AI) involves the introduction of sperm into the reproductive tract of the mare without natural mating. AI in the horse was first practiced long ago. Ancient Arabian texts describe how mares were successfully inseminated.... Read More