Recent News for Mare Care and Problems

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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

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Survey Confirms Some Beliefs; Belies Others

September 21, 2001

Results from the survey of 133 farms in Central Kentucky regarding the early fetal loss and late-term abortions that occurred this spring substantiated the preliminary ideas held by researchers and veterinarians this spring. The surve... Read More

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Consequences

September 18, 2001

Do you want a say-so in what the United States government is doing that concerns horses? I’m talking about the issue of allowing equine semen into this country with even less testing than presently is required. Horse breeders know that semen can... Read More

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Embryo Transfer for Horses

September 18, 2001

One plus one plus one equals one. The stallion, dam, and surrogate dam probably never met, but all three contributed to produce a foal. Today's assisted breeding technologies can overcome the constraints of distance, competitive involvement,... Read More

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Ovariectomy

September 17, 2001

Ovariectomy is a procedure that generally is performed to remove an abnormal ovary. Occasionally, an ovariectomy is performed in fillies or mares which have particularly bad behavior during their heat cycle in an effort to make them more... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Research Report Released

September 14, 2001

Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Farm Survey Results
Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
September 14, 2001

The goals of the 11-page Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome... Read More

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Working Moms

September 13, 2001

Back in the days when horses pulled the plows and harvesting machines across agricultural America, it was not uncommon to see a team of horses trudging over a field with a young foal trailing behind one of the mares. Many farmers could not affor... Read More

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Return to Nature With Pasture Breeding

September 13, 2001

In a world of artificial insemination and embryo transfer, simplicity can prevail. Registered stallions and mares can breed with minimal human intervention, through natural cover in the pasture. Pasture breeding continues as an... Read More

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Are You My Mother?: Maternal Behavior

September 12, 2001

Anyone who has witnessed a foal's first few minutes in this world might agree that one of the most miraculous parts of the process is the way a mare greets and bonds with her newborn. With a deep sniff at the baby's nostrils, that distinctive... Read More

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Mare Study Preliminary Results Are Encouraging

September 07, 2001

There are no significant differences between mares bred in Kentucky and mares bred in Florida, according to the preliminary results of a study that was designed to determine the effects of mare reproductive loss system (MRLS). Tom Riddle, DVM,... Read More

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Is No News, Good News?

August 24, 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 or practitioners aren’t hard at work.... Read More

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Detoxifying Cyanide

August 24, 2001

According to Dr. Terry Fitzgerald, the Eastern tent caterpillar does a very good job of detoxifying the cyanide it ingests when eating the leaves of black cherry trees. Fitzgerald, a distinguished university professor of biological sciences at... Read More