Recent News for Mare Care and Problems

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Interview from a MRLS Test Farm

May 08, 2003

Some horse and agriculture farms were asked to be test farms during and after the mare reproductive loss (MRLS) crisis in 2001. One of those farms is Glennwood Farm in Versailles, Ky., owned by John D.... Read More

This ultrasound shows an equine fetus at 60-65 days.

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A View Within: Reproductive Ultrasound

May 01, 2003

Ultrasound is often used to monitor ovarian activity and diagnose and monitor pregnancy and reproductive abnormalities.... Read More

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EHV-1 Confirmed at Kentucky Racetrack; Pennsylvania Track Lifts Quarantine

May 01, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. The March 18 announcement of this fact followed treatment of EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio and... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Update

April 30, 2003

By Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

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Uterine Lavage Before Insemination Not Harmful to Mare Fertility

April 23, 2003

Uterine lavage can be performed immediately prior to artificial insemination in mares without adversely affecting fertility, according to a recent study completed at the University of Idaho (UI) in Moscow, Idaho. The uterine lavage process is... Read More

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EHV Outbreak in the U.K. Unusual; Asymptomatic Cases Could be EHV-4

April 18, 2003

“It’s very unusual to get EHV-1 outbreaks all at the same time on different premises,” said James Wood, BSc, BvetMed, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, DLSHTM, Dipl. ECVPH, Head of Epidemiology at the Animal Health Trust in the United Kingdom, about the recent... Read More

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Details of the U.K. EHV-1 Outbreak

April 15, 2003

The United Kingdom’s Animal Health Trust (AHT) has detailed the country’s EHV-1 outbreak that began in early March. At least 12 horses have been euthanized due to advanced neurologic deterioration resulting from infection.

The first... Read More

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EHV-1 in the United Kingdom

April 14, 2003

Several regions of the United Kingdom have been fighting the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). At least 12 horses have been euthanized due to advanced neurologic deterioration resulting from infection. According to the Britis... Read More

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Pasture Management and MRLS

April 07, 2003

In the spring of 2001, hundreds of mares in Central Kentucky lost their pregnancies in peculiar abortions attributed to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Since then, horse farm managers have gone back to square one in reviewing their... Read More

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Now Is the Time to Control Caterpillars

April 04, 2003

The Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation issued an advisory concerning control methods for Eastern tent caterpillars, which have been linked to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in 2001 and 2002.

Dr. Dan Potter, an entomologist at the... Read More

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Quarantine Lifted on Turfway Park Horses

April 04, 2003

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will release the quarantine placed on Barn 15 at Turfway Park as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday (April 5). The 80-horse barn was placed in quarantine after three horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus type 1... Read More

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Keeneland Requiring Health Certificate for Horses

April 02, 2003

Keeneland, which opens for its spring meet April 4, is requiring all horses that enter the grounds to have a health certificate written within 72 hours of arrival.

River Downs in Ohio implemented a similar policy in the wake of the... Read More

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Next Steps Toward Solving MRLS Involve Think Tank

April 02, 2003

Veterinarians and researchers trying to pinpoint the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) have joined together to create an MRLS "think tank," the progress and goals of which were discussed April 1 at a joint meeting of the Kentucky... Read More

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Broodmare Diet Basics

April 01, 2003

The body condition of a broodmare can affect reproductive performance and milking ability. Recent research has indicated that mares should be kept in a minimum body condition score of 5.5 (see "Selected Body Condition Scores and Descriptions,"... Read More

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Pregnant Mares and Supplements

April 01, 2003

Eleven months is a very long time to wait for a foal. I know from personal experience that the further along the mare is, the more your hopes and dreams for your "perfect foal" grow. It doesn't matter if the foal is bred to gallop to the wire or... Read More

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Flea Control Product for Fungal Endometritis in Mares

April 01, 2003

Lufenuron is a once-a-month flea control product for dogs and cats. The active ingredient inhibits chitin production; chitin is a component of the outer surface of many insects. Fungal organisms also contain chitin in their cell walls, making... Read More

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Herpesvirus Type 1 Hits Hard

April 01, 2003

Ohio and Pennsylvania have confirmed or reported cases of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1, see Pennsylvania information on page 15). But the worst problems reported thus far have occurred in Ohio, where 12 horses died in... Read More

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EHV-1 in Penn., Possible Iowa Cases

April 01, 2003

While Ohio veterinarians are busy fighting what seems to be an especially aggressive strain of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), two horses were euthanized due to illness from the virus at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Penn., in an... Read More

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WNV and Equine Abortions?

April 01, 2003

A question has been raised whether the increased number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases in Kentucky in late summer and fall 2002 contributed to a rise in fall abortions. A retrospective study by the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease and... Read More

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MRLS Research Funded by Kentucky Agriculture Board

March 25, 2003

The equine breeding industry is among the recipients of funds from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, which allocated more than $4.3 million for 2003 projects.

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders received $190,000 to... Read More

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EHV-1 Confirmed in Three Horses at Kentucky Racetrack

March 19, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds that were stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Tuesday’s announcement follows treatment of several EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio... Read More

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Officials Explain Timing of Kentucky EHV-1 Announcement

March 19, 2003

Animal health officials today explained that the announcement about the equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) cases at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., was not made sooner was because the virus wasn’t considered to be actively circulating in the... Read More

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Kentucky Racetrack Announces Herpesvirus Cases

March 18, 2003

Three horses stabled at Turfway Park have been diagnosed with neurologic equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). Verification of the virus was completed over the weekend at the northern Kentucky track by researchers at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine... Read More

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Pennsylvania Tracks Prepare to Lift Shipping Ban

March 17, 2003

With no additional positive tests for Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) since Feb. 26, Penn National Race Course was prepared to lift the quarantine of horses stabled in Barn U on March 19, according to track general manager Richard... Read More

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Classes Resume at the University of Findlay's English Riding Facility

March 10, 2003

Classes resumed today at the the University of Findlay's James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex, which has been under quarantine since the weekend of Jan. 18 because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1).

The University ha... Read More