Recent News for Mare Care and Problems

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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

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Removal of Fencerow Black Cherry Trees

August 24, 2001

A publication recently developed by the University of Kentucky’s Jeff Stringer, Department of Forestry, and J. D. Green, Department of agronomy, outlines the proper way to eradicate black cherry trees from your property. These trees are known to... Read More

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Foal/Fetal Losses: Keeping Watch

August 24, 2001

Several reproductive specialists at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., are following about 100 pregnant mares. These are mares from farms which were either affected or unaffected by foal/fetal losses this spring... Read More

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Jockey Club Projects 2002 Foal Crop of 35,600

August 24, 2001

The Jockey Club is cautiously projecting a 2002 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 35,600, due to uncertainties concerning the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) which affected central Kentucky this spring.

"At this... Read More

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Latest Foal Loss Update Shows No Change In Risk Factors

July 06, 2001

In the latest update on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, researchers at the University of Kentucky report the evidence continues to point toward cherry trees and a caterpillar infestation this spring as the likely causes of the problem. Research... Read More

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Deadly Spring Syndromes

July 01, 2001

Good news travels fast in the horse business; bad news travels even faster. In the case of an outbreak of mysterious early fetal loss and late-gestation foal loss, cooperation and quick sharing of information served to help researchers... Read More

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EVA Video Available; Rule in the Works

July 01, 2001

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a video entitled "Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA): A Manageable Problem." EVA is an acute, contagious viral equine disease that can cause fever, respiratory illness, ocular... Read More

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Initial Pericarditis Survey In Yearlings Brings Good News

June 14, 2001

Dr. Doug Byars, head of the internal medicine unit at Haygard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., reported that examinations on three farms of 150 Thoroughbred yearlings revealed... Read More

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Central Kentucky Pericarditis Cases: Nearly 60

June 14, 2001

The incidence of known pericarditis cases in Central Kentucky has reached nearly 60 horses. At least a dozen horses have died because of the condition, which produces inflammation of, and fluid in, the sac surrounding the... Read More

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Areas With Spring Loss Syndrome Cases

June 14, 2001

Many counties in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia have reported cases of the spring syndromes. The Kentucky information was compiled from the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center and private practitioners. The Ohio and West Virginia... Read More

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Kentucky's Pericarditis Cases Called 'Clinically Significant'

June 14, 2001

Additional cases of pericarditis are occurring in Kentucky and possibly other states (including Ohio), with the problem now claiming... Read More

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EVA Video Available To Public

June 08, 2001

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a video entitled “Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA): A Manageable Problem.” EVA is an acute, contagious viral equine disease that can cause fever, respiratory illness, ocular... Read More

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Advice On Getting Mares In Foal After Losses

June 07, 2001

Bob Douglas, PhD, owner of BET Labs in Kentucky, specializes in working with veterinarians and farm owners to assist in reproductive problems of mares and stallions. He works with Northern and Southern Hemisphere breeders, and said his clients... Read More

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Mare Reproductivity A Timely Topic At Farm Managers Meeting

June 05, 2001

Michelle LeBlanc, veterinarian, discussed mare reproductivity at farm managers meeting. On April 30, the Kentucky Thoroughbred... Read More

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Cloudy Fetal Fluids

June 04, 2001

Cloudy placental fluids and disturbances in the placental membranes were seen on ultrasound before many of the mares lost their pregnancies. Some mares that had these symptoms did not lose their pregnancies... Read More

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Syndrome Survey Nearly Completed; Hemlock Poisoning Not Ruled Out

June 03, 2001

Researchers at the University of Kentucky looking into the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome are in the process of completing a comprehensive survey involving more than 150 farms. The... Read More

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Kentucky to Study Economic Impact of Breeding Industry Crisis

June 02, 2001

In an effort to determine the effects of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome on the horse industry, Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton has announced he will commission an economic impact... Read More

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Washington Report: Ag Secretary Familiar With Syndrome

June 02, 2001

May 30, veterinarian Ed Ford, a former Kentucky state senator and current deputy secretary of the Executive Cabinet for Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton, visited U.S. Department of Agriculture... Read More