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"Unwanted" Horses

June 28, 2011

The United States has a growing problem with "unwanted" horses. This live chat event discussed many solutions.... Read More

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Superstar Mating: Rachel Alexandra Bred to Curlin

February 21, 2011

Two horses crowned as Horse of the Year were bred Feb. 21 when female superstar Thoroughbred Rachel Alexandra was mated with the stallion Curlin. The mating took place at 9 a.m. (EST) at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.... Read More

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Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Panel Adopts Changes

January 27, 2011

A committee that advises the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KRHC) on its breeders' incentive program met again Jan. 25 and approved three additional recommendations for ways in which the program should be changed.
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Straw, the byproduct of grain production, is economical horse bedding. While it’s not as absorbent as other options, straw is often recommended for foaling stalls because it won’t stick to wet newborns.

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Breeding Efficiency Analysis Useful for Breeders

January 03, 2011

If a horse farm experiences consistently low conception or foaling rates, it is likely that a step in breeding management is the cause rather than the breeding efficiency of the mare, according to Dave Freeman, PhD, Oklahoma State University ... Read More

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Blood Test to Detect and Monitor Pregnancy in Mares

December 29, 2010

Veterinarians and breeders can now detect pregnancy in mares using an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test that detects estrogen molecules in a mare's blood sample and is cheaper and easier to perform than an ultrasound.... Read More

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What's In Your Horse's DNA?

December 01, 2010

Geneticists have created tools and tests that enhance horse breeders' ability to select for healthy foals.... Read More

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Safe Teasing

December 01, 2010

Consider the surroundings, the method, the horse, and the handler when teasing a mare for breeding.... Read More

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Building a Horse Breeding Shed

December 01, 2010

Before you open a horse breeding operation, carefully consider the facilities and equipment required.... Read More

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Feeding the Estrous Cycle: Tailoring the Mare's Diet

December 01, 2010

Mares must have a well-balanced diet and healthy body condition to cycle properly, conceive, and carry a foal.... Read More

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Horse Reproduction Trends And Tools

December 01, 2010

Whether reproduction occurs through natural breeding or artificial insemination, techniques and tools exist to help mare and stallion owners achieve their final goal: a complication-free conception, a problem-free pregnancy, and a healthy foal.... Read More

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Breeding Horse Nutrition

December 01, 2010

Regardless of general feeding guidelines for breeding horses, body condition score (BCS) is the most objective assessment of a horse's fat covering and also the best predictor of reproductive performance or efficiency.... Read More

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10 Steps for Successful Artificial Insemination for Horses

December 01, 2010

Artificial insemination (AI) is today's breeding standard for many types of horses. To find out how to make our readers' artificial insemination programs more successful, The Horse went to two recognized experts in equine artificial insemination... Read More

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Safe (Equine) Teasing

December 01, 2010

Teasing is essential to detect when a broodmare is in estrus, but it's no easy feat due to the size and power of the animals involved. Safety should be top priority--to avoid injury to horses and people.... Read More

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10 Steps for Successful Live Cover

December 01, 2010

Promote safe and successful live cover breeding with careful preparation and attention to safety.... Read More

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In Defense of Grade Horses

August 01, 2010

Many people are under the impression that grade horses (those whose parentage is unknown, unidentifiable, or of significantly mixed breeding) are largely to blame for the horse overpopulation issue. ... Read More

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Equine Viral Arteritis Monitoring Is Ongoing

June 16, 2010

The Office of the (KY) State Veterinarian is continuing to monitor an outbreak of equine viral arteritis that has been reported in Argentina, according to a recent news release from that office. Information available suggests th... Read More

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Breeding on Foal Heat Considerations

April 10, 2010

Weigh the benefits and risks of breeding a mare on her first postpartum ovulation, referred to as a foal heat.... Read More

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Bring Mares into Season with Lights

January 19, 2010

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Breeding: Best Mare Management Practices

January 16, 2010

Here are some important factors that all breeders should consider before getting started.... Read More

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British Horse Society Promotes Responsible Breeding with Campaign

December 09, 2009

The British Horse Society (BHS) has reported that its "Drawing the Line on Indiscriminate Breeding" campaign continues to gain momentum as more famous faces show their support and encourage the equestrian world to "Think Before Y... Read More

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Stallions Ready for Action

December 01, 2009

Before your stallion heads to the shed, make sure he's in peak physical health and mentally ready to handle the rigors of the breeding season. Preparing the stallion for breeding season is a year-round job involving proper diet, exercise, and more.... Read More

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Breedings to Deceased Stallions Offered Via Injection Technique

November 17, 2009

A reproductive technique called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), in which a sperm cell is injected directly into an egg, has resulted in foals from many mares that were no longer able to produce. However, it might be equally as... Read More