Recent News for Mare Care and Problems

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Determining Precise Link Between Tent Caterpillar and MRLS is Continuing Priority for Equine Industry

January 15, 2003

Leading Kentucky equine industry groups recently brought together 31 veterinarians and scientists for a "Think Tank" meeting to further the industry's knowledge about preventing future occurrences of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).... Read More

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High-Risk Pregnancies and Sick Foals

January 09, 2003

In defining a high-risk mare, Bain said she is one which has had previous foaling problems such as dystocia (difficult delivery), hemorrhage, or a red bag delivery. He said a mare also could be at risk because of medical illness, surgery, colic... Read More

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WNV Vaccination in Mares and Foals

January 01, 2003

There were nearly 14,000 reported cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States in 2002 by the end of November, and many broodmares were exposed to the virus even if not clinically affected. As the country begins its fifth year of handling... Read More

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Outside of Caterpillar Might Be Linked to MRLS

January 01, 2003

Since the beginning of the mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in 2001, there have been many theories as to the cause of the problems. Honing in on the extreme number of Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) in 2001 and 2002, studies have shown tha... Read More

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Environment and Hormones

January 01, 2003

Some natural and man-made compounds in the environment can disrupt the delicate reproduction hormone balance in many species, possibly including horses. Her suggestion was that although this cause of reproductive dysfunction had not been studied in h... Read More

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Managers Doing Good Job with Pastures

December 30, 2002

A week following the Dec. 23 release of information about the University of Kentucky’s pasture monitoring related to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), Jimmy Henning, PhD, extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky (UK)... Read More

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Sentinel Farm Summary; 2002 Pasture Monitoring Program

December 27, 2002

The following information was produced by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture from Wayne Long (pwlong@uky.edu) and Jimmy Henning (jhenning@uky.edu) of the... Read More

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Kentucky Abortions Update

December 18, 2002

The “blip” of abortions seen in August, September, and October in Kentucky has continued on through December. With only about 50 total abortions reported, this problem might not even catch the attention of many people in a normal year, as... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccination in Mares and Foals

December 04, 2002

There were nearly 14,000 reported cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States in 2002 by the end of November, and many broodmares were exposed to the virus even if not clinically affected. As the country begins its fifth year of handling... Read More

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Unusual Fall Abortions in Kentucky

December 01, 2002

Pathologists at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) in Lexington noticed that a few more fetal losses were being seen than was usual during August, September, and October. That prompted increased surveillance and reporting,... Read More

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One More Piece in MRLS Puzzle

December 01, 2002

Researchers at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) have uncovered one more piece in the puzzle that is known as mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Whatever caused early fetal losses and late-term abortions in 2001 and... Read More

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Endometrial Cysts

November 15, 2002

Endometrial cysts occur in up to 22% of all mares and up to 55% of older mares.... Read More

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Nutrition and Reproduction

November 11, 2002

"Sex is truly a luxury in the body--you've got to be productive before you can be reproductive," began David Pugh, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, Dipl. ACVN, a professor of reproduction at Auburn University, in his presentation, "Nutrition and Its Effects... Read More

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Luteal Insufficiency in the Mare

November 08, 2002

Insufficient function of the corpus luteum (the structure formed after the follicle that releases the egg, or ovulates, and then produces progesterone) has been proposed as a mechanism for early embryonic loss in the mare, but until now there... Read More

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Neonatal Emergency Management in the Field

November 06, 2002

Rhonda Rathgeber, DVM, PhD stressed the need for assessing newborn foals early for abnormal conditions.... Read More

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Kentucky Farm Managers Address MRLS

November 06, 2002

President Eric Hamelback gave a sense of urgency as he opened the most recent meeting of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club, saying "we need to make plans for control now." Hamelback was referring to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, a... Read More

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Pilot Study Implicates Outer Portion of ETC

November 04, 2002

Since the beginning of the mare reproductive loss syndrome in 2001, there have been many theories as to the cause of the problems. Honing in on the extreme number of Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) in 2001 and 2002, studies have shown that early... Read More

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One More Piece in MRLS Puzzle

November 01, 2002

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) have uncovered one more piece in the puzzle that is known as mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Whatever caused early fetal losses and late-term abortions... Read More

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Chronic Uterine Torsion in Mares

November 01, 2002

In late pregnancy, mares are susceptible to a dangerous complication called uterine torsion. Accounting for 5-10% of obstetrical emergencies, twisting of the uterus can be fatal to fetus and mare if left untreated. The hallmark of acute uterine... Read More

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Breeding Soundness Exam of the Mare

November 01, 2002

Horse breeding is a time-consuming and expensive business. Therefore, horse breeders must be able to assess the likelihood of a mare being able to conceive, carry a fetus through a pregnancy, and deliver a live foal. While unforeseen problems ca... Read More

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Foaling Alarms--Expecting Company?

November 01, 2002

There are several types of foaling alarms available. They are designed to notify the person responsible (owner, farm manager, or foaling attendant) that the mare is in labor. ... Read More

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Environmental Effects on Hormone Activity

October 31, 2002

Some compounds present in the environment, both from natural and man-made sources, can disrupt the delicate hormone balance necessary for reproduction in several species possibly including horses, according to Cynthia Corbitt Gulledge, PhD, of... Read More

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Fall Abortions in Kentucky

October 28, 2002

Pathologists at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) in Lexington noticed that a few more fetal losses were being seen than was usual during August, September, and October. That prompted increased surveillance and reporting,... Read More

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Foundation Study Investigates Means to Avoid Caterpillar Contamination on Farms

October 18, 2002

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that it is funding a study to be undertaken by Prof. Daniel A. Potter, a renowned entomologist at the University of Kentucky, to facilitate the extermination of Eastern Tent Caterpillar... Read More

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Purina Veterinary Conference 2002

October 16, 2002

Only 20 miles from downtown St. Louis, Mo., is a 1,200-acre research farm owned by the nutrition company Purina Mills. On Oct. 3-5, 140-plus veterinarians and another 50 Purina Mills representatives gathered to tour that research facility and... Read More