Recent News for Mare Care and Problems

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Irritating Caterpillars

September 12, 2003

While we all were irritated to some extent by the massive amounts of caterpillars in 2001 and 2002--stepping on them, having them climb our fences, houses, cars, gates, and everything else around our homes and farms--there is new evidence that... Read More

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Study Shows Caterpillars Cause Fetal Loss in Pigs; Problems Similar to MRLS

September 08, 2003

Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) caused fetal loss in domestic pigs based on a recent study, according to a press release issued Sept. 5 by the University of Kentucky. The experiment demonstrated for the first time that ETC could... Read More

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Older Mares: She Ain't What She Used to Be

August 01, 2003

Wear on the reproductive tract can make it more difficult for older mares to conceive and carry a foal.... Read More

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Chemical Implicated in Causing MRLS

August 01, 2003

Research has shown that it probably isn't a virus or bacteria (a biological agent) that links the Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Bill Bernard, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in... Read More

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The Infertile Mare

July 30, 2003

Sometimes it can be quite difficult to get a mare pregnant, especially if she has fertility problems. There are several reasons that a mare might be infertile, many of which can be treated. Two reproductive specialists from Lexington, Ky., share... Read More

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Vaccination Protocols and Internal Parasite Controls

July 29, 2003

Preventing infectious diseases and parasites from attacking our horses are primary concerns for every horse owner. James D. Smith, DVM, a practitioner at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates, PLLC, in Lexington, Ky., and Craig Reinemeyer, DVM, PhD,... Read More

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MRLS Workshop Proceedings Available

July 01, 2003

The Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station has published the scientific papers from the August 2002 workshop on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) convened at the University of Kentucky's (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center. This information... Read More

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The Inner Mare

July 01, 2003

Owners of mares should know correct anatomical terminology, have a working knowledge of the normal reproductive cycle, and be acquainted with common problems that could occur. The following article is designed to help mare owners understand the... Read More

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Building Better Athletes Through Nutrition

July 01, 2003

Nutritional strategies for raising and competing sounder Thoroughbreds, many of which can be applied to horses of all breeds, was presented by Laurie Lawrence, PhD, at the Thoroughbred International Exposition and Conference (TIEC). Lawrence, wh... Read More

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Kentucky MRLS 2003 Update

June 30, 2003

There was some apprehension in Central Kentucky as to whether the elimination of cherry trees and spraying for caterpillars would be enough to decrease the numbers of mare reproductive loss (MRLS) abortions that occurred in 2001, and to a lesser... Read More

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USDA Clarification on the Issue of the West Nile Virus Vaccine: Vaccine Safe for Use

June 26, 2003

From the USDA:

"Some recent stories have suggested that the Fort Dodge Animal Health West Nile Virus Vaccine approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may cause pregnant mares to abort or give birth to deformed foals. The... Read More

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Chemical Implicated in Causing MRLS

June 26, 2003

A research project has determined that it probably isn't a virus or bacteria (a biological agent) that links the Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Bill Bernard, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, an internal medicine... Read More

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Veterinarians Debunk Suggested Link Between WNV Vaccine and Birth Problems

June 23, 2003

Despite recent media reports, Wyoming, Colorado, and USDA veterinarians say that there is currently no scientific proof to link the West Nile virus vaccine to aborted, stillborn, or deformed foals, and that horse owners should continue to... Read More

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MRLS Agent in or on Caterpillar Exoskeleton

June 10, 2003

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture last week released the results of a recently completed experiment conducted by the Departments of Veterinary Science (Karen McDowell, MS, PhD) and Entomology (Bruce Webb, MS, PhD, and... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine: Adverse Effects in Mares?

June 09, 2003

Allegations that the West Nile virus vaccine might have caused abortions and deformed foals were made in a May 30 Denver Post article. Mare owners calling themselves the “Lost Foals Group” claim the vaccine has caused up to 1,200... Read More

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Keeping Disease at Bay

June 01, 2003

Preventing communicable diseases from striking horses should be the goal of every horse owner. Despite our best efforts, however, there are going to be occasions when a communicable malady afflicts one or more horses at a private farm or public... Read More

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Uterine Lavage Before Insemination Not Harmful to Fertility

June 01, 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 England Unusual; Some Cases Could be EHV-4

June 01, 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 (AHT) in the United Kingdom, about the... Read More

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University of Kentucky Pasture Monitoring Interim Report--Comparison of 2002 and 2003

May 29, 2003

Jimmy C. Henning, Assistant Director for Cooperative Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Former Extension Forage Specialist;and Wayne Long, Agriculture Extension Associate, Department of Agronomy, University of Kentucky... Read More

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MRLS Workshop Proceedings Available

May 27, 2003

The Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station has published the scientific papers from the August 2002 workshop on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS convened at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. This information is... Read More

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U.K. Equine Influenza Outbreak Update

May 12, 2003

Since the middle of March, the United Kingdom's Animal Health Trust (AHT) has confirmed influenza in 20 racing yards (stables) in Newmarket, located in different areas of the town, and in a single breaking/holding yard just outside... Read More

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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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