Recent News for Assisted Reproduction

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Questions to Ask Before Breeding a Mare

February 02, 2009

Thinking of breeding your mare this spring? The recent outbreak of contagious equine metritis (CEM, which is caused by bacterium Taylorella equigenitalis) in the United States and the previous outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) have... Read More

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Unique Attribute of Equine Uterus Impacts Embryo Transfer

January 26, 2009

The equine uterine environment plays an integral role in the early developmental stages of pregnancy, even prior to implantation of the embryo, according to British researchers who recently examined the role of the uterus in ... Read More

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AQHA to Host Equine Cloning Forum

January 23, 2009

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) will host a forum on equine cloning at the 2009 AQHA Annual Convention, which will be held March 5-9 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio.

Within the past couple of years, a number of horses have... Read More

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Embryo Transfer an Involved but Viable Breeding Option

January 20, 2009

Horse owners with a mare that can't carry a foal to term need not give up on the idea of getting a foal from her. One potential solution is embryo transfer (ET), a technique that involves taking a fertilized egg from the desired mare and... Read More

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Storm Cat to Serve as a QH Stallion

January 17, 2009

Storm Cat, a leading sire who was pensioned last year after experiencing fertility problems at the Young family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington, Ky., might return to the sire ranks as a Quarter Horse stallion. The Quarter Horse breeding industry... Read More

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Contagious Equine Metritis Investigation Progresses in Wisconsin

January 16, 2009

Veterinary authorities continue to connect the dots in the investigation into contagious equine metritis (CEM), a contagious venereal disease of horses. Earlier this week, officials... Read More

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Prevent CEM, Other Infectious Diseases Through Strict Hygiene

January 07, 2009

Strict hygiene guidelines should be followed whenever handling breeding mares or stallions to prevent reproductive infectious diseases, including contagious equine metritis (CEM).

CEM is spread between horses primarily by breeding, either b... Read More

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Scamper Clone Offered for Commercial Breeding

November 15, 2008

A carbon copy of one of the world's most successful barrel horses has become the first clone to be offered at stud in the United States.

"Clayton" is the clone of the AQHA gelding Gills Bay Boy, or Scamper, as he is better known. Scamper an... Read More

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Equine Endometrial Infections Following Embryo Transfer Limit Pregnancy Rates

October 25, 2008

According to a group of European reproduction specialists from the Centre for Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer, University of Veterinary Sciences in Austria, subclinical infections of the uterine lining can occur following... Read More

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The Latest on Clones

October 01, 2008

As scientists continue to unlock cloning's secrets, perfect its processes, and study the way genes express themselves in individuals, their successes will undoubtedly affect demand and future use.

In March 2008 Prometea, a... Read More

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Breeding Equipment

October 01, 2008

Want your mare in Texas bred to a stallion in Germany? It’s easy with today's equipment and technology.... Read More

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Louisiana Barn Fire Kills 12 Horses

September 25, 2008

A Sept. 25 fire at Velocity Farms near Benton, La., killed 12 horses, including Deerhound, sire of Thoroughbred champion Countess Diana. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Shanna Berry, who co-owns the farm with Sandi Blackburn, said... Read More

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Clone of Show Jumper Gem Twist Born

September 16, 2008

A clone of champion show jumper Gem Twist is the newest addition to the stable of horses cloned by Cryozootech, a French company that banks equine genetic material. The company announced the clone's birth Sept. 15.

Gem Twist, a grey... Read More

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Summit Speakers Discuss Equine Reproductive Technology

June 05, 2008

Four speakers discussed advances in assisted reproduction to wrap up the session on the emerging science of horse breeding at the Kentucky International Equine Summit, held in Lexington, Ky., April 28-29. The speakers agreed that the key is not... Read More

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Genetic Concentration: Too Much of a Good Thing?

May 24, 2008

"For years we've taught the industry about reproduction, but we haven't taught about breeding," said Gary Carpenter, executive director of the American Quarter Horse Foundation during a roundtable at the International Equine Summit, held in... Read More

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First Foal Sired by Cloned Stallion Born

May 22, 2008

The first foal sired by a cloned stallion is now nearly a month old. The filly, named Pierazade du Vialaret, is the first get of stallion Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion, a clone of two-time World Champion endurance horse Pieraz.

The original... Read More

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Artificial Insemination: It's Not How Much You Have, It's Where You Put It

May 03, 2008

When it comes to artificial insemination in horses, the site of deposition might have a big impact on the procedure's outcome. Placing semen directly into the uterine horn containing the ready follicle could allow breeders to use far less... Read More

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Reproduction and Sports Medicine Update: AAEP 2007

May 01, 2008

Veterinarians who attended presentations at the event came away with 18 hours of continuing education credit and new knowledge of current topics in equine reproduction and lameness.... Read More

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First Offspring of an Equine Clone Born in Italy

April 29, 2008

Prometea, the blazed Haflinger who gained notoriety in 2003 as the world's first horse clone, has given birth to a colt. Today the Laboratorio di Tecnologie della Riproduzione (LTR) in Cremona, Italy, announced the March 17 arrival of Pegaso, who... Read More

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Palm Beach Equine Medical Purchases Embryo Transfer Facility

April 25, 2008

Palm Beach Equine Medical Centers, headquartered in Wellington, Fla., recently purchased the New Bridge Embryo Centre in Aiken, S.C. The facility is now called the Palm Beach Equine Embryo Center (PBEEC). The goal is to continue to provide top-notc... Read More

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Reproductive Hormones Directly Influence Embryo Development

January 26, 2008

A group of Dutch researchers reported evidence that the equine conceptus (i.e., the embryo and associated membranes) might be directly responsive to the reproductive hormones progesterone and estrogen,... Read More

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Mississippi Vet School Completes its First Frozen Embryo Transfer

December 07, 2007

Her future registered name might be different, but around the horse unit at Mississippi State University (MSU), everyone calls her Popsicle.

Born in September, Popsicle is the result of MSU's first successful frozen embryo transfer in... Read More

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The Business of Breeding

November 01, 2007

Breeding in the horse world breaks down into a few categories: field breeding (where the horses just do what comes naturally) live cover in a breeding shed, and artificial insemination. The tools of the trade range from very basic to high-tech ... Read More

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Freezing Embryos

November 01, 2007


With breed registries admitting more than one foal per mare per year, the use of frozen embryos is becoming more mainstream.

The freezing of equine embryos is getting increased... Read More

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Ice Formation Not to Blame for Loss of Viability in Preserved Equine Sperm

September 27, 2007

Loss of spermatozoa viability following cryopreservation, historically attributed to the formation of intracellular ice, is now believed to be a result of an osmotic imbalance during thawing. Osmotic imbalances result in the movement... Read More