Breeding Planning


Breeding Season Manipulation (Book Excerpt)

September 20, 2006

In order for a mare to foal on or a little bit after January 1, she needs to conceive during February. Left alone, mares are still in late anestrus or spring transition at this time (not the optimal time to be trying to breed a mare!).... Read More


Breeding Cents

August 11, 2006

In 2003, the horse industry directly contributed $10.7 billion to the U.S. economy; $2.2 billion of that was from the breeding industry alone, according to a study published in 2005. It's no wonder that Karin Bosh's July 11 graduate defense... Read More


Breed the Best to the Best

April 11, 2006

Genomics is a buzz word, even among scientists. The term genomics includes the entire complement of chromosomes, genes, and DNA sequences that make up humans and animals. Technological advances during the last 15 years have led to the entire... Read More


The Cost of Putting a Foal on the Ground

January 01, 2006

If you are new to the breeding business, you will soon realize that putting a foal on the ground can be an expensive proposition. Breeding can be as simple as turning a stallion in with a group of mares, or it can be as sophisticated as importin... Read More


Breeding Globally--AI Advances

December 01, 2005

Breeding without boundaries; it sounds like science fiction. Yet today we can breed two animals from different time zones, even different continents, through advances in artificial insemination. In this article, we will delv... Read More


Breeding Specialists

December 01, 2005

The equine breeding industry has evolved dramatically with the introduction of artificial insemination programs and advanced assisted reproductive techniques. While live cover breeding pro-grams are still a mainstay for specific breeds, many... Read More


Live Cover Management

December 01, 2005

Many breed registries still require breeding be done by live cover--the stallion physically covers the mare. The actual mating process is an awesome spectacle, but can be dangerous to the mare, stallion, and handlers when done in hand-breeding... Read More


Keeping Horses in Harems

November 01, 2005

I am a veterinarian in Atlanta with a special interest in behavior. I also own and raise Arabian horses. I have a 2 1/2-year-old stallion, and I would like to keep him in a harem situation. He is now pastured with another gelding and is quite... Read More


Equine Genetic Disease: Who's At Risk?

October 01, 2005

Many DNA sequence variations are fine; they just give rise to the broad spectrum of colors, sizes, and other characteristics we see in the horse population. Some variations, however, cause problems. These might range from a genetic predisposition... Read More


Dreams Can Come True

October 01, 2005

Soñador is Spanish for "dreamer," the title of a movie opening this month that sounds like a natural fit for horse lovers. According to information from DreamWorks, Dreamer's writer/producer John Gatins grew up loving racehorses, and wondering... Read More


International Breeding

July 01, 2005

I brought two Walking Horse mares to France. I would like to breed to a U.S. stallion and want to know what the success rate might be with shipped frozen or cooled semen. Will I run into importation red... Read More


A Day in the Life of A Breeding Farm

June 13, 2005

A world away from hitting the finish line of a classic race in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans, the dream is reborn. In the quiet of a gray winter morning, when the earth throws its warmth off into the cold air and... Read More


Mothers to Be

May 19, 2005

While the socialization process of transforming fillies and mares from racetrack careers into broodmares might be easier than it is for stallions, biologically it is significantly more complex for distaffers to begin their reproductive... Read More


Recovered Kingmambo Back to Breeding

April 21, 2005

Kingmambo, whose arthritic condition in his lower neck caused him to miss a key portion of the breeding season, is back covering mares at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

"He successfully bred mares the last four... Read More


USEF Names Kentucky Equine Research as Official Equine Nutritionist

March 17, 2005

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to name one of the world's foremost equine nutrition specialists as the Federation's Official Equine Nutritionist. Kentucky Equine Research (KER), based in Versailles, Ky., boasts more... Read More


Breeding Mares on Foal Heat

March 16, 2005

Breeding on foal heat (the first heat period after parturition) has long been a practice that some horse owners love and others hate. Foal heat breeding begins five to 12 days postpartum, with most ovulations less than 20 days postpartum.... Read More


Kingmambo Taken Out of Stud Duty

March 11, 2005

Prominent Thoroughbred stallion Kingmambo, who was taken out of stallion duty in late February at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., because of an injured leg, will spend about three more weeks on the sidelines due to an... Read More


Managing Subfertile Stallions

November 19, 2004

The decision to manage a subfertile stallion non-conventionally is "based on the condition of farm economics or despair, or more appropriately, the last hope before retiring the stallion," said Irwin K.M. Liu, DVM, PhD, a professor in the... Read More


Open Mares

March 01, 2004

An experienced veterinarian can help to determine why a seemingly healthy mare can't become pregnant.... Read More


AAEP 2003: Multiple Ovulations

January 31, 2004

There are three major reasons to attempt to have a mare "superovulate" or ovulate more than one follicle at a time. First, in embryo transfer programs there is a greater chance of recovering an embryo with superovulation, thus reducing the... Read More


Dual Hemisphere Breeding and Live Foal Percentages

January 07, 2004

Shuttling Thoroughbred stallions between Northern and Southern hemisphere farms for breeding began in earnest around 1992. Stallions had been shuttling from Great Britain and Ireland prior to that time. Between 1996 and 2002, 117 stallions from... Read More


Optimizing Implant Therapy in Cycling Mares

January 01, 2004

Deslorelin acetate implants (Ovuplant from Fort Dodge Animal Health) have proven highly successful at inducing ovulation in mares. Implanted mares typically ovulate within 48 hours. Unfortunately, despite administration of prostaglandin during... Read More


Stallion Breeding: Can He or Can't He?

November 01, 2003

Regardless of the number of mares being bred, it is important to monitor the stallion's reproductive success in order to maintain his reputation and give yourself time to address any problems he might have. ... Read More


Early Season Breeding: Let There Be Light!

October 01, 2003

Because of the demands of competition and sales, following the natural reproductive cycle dictated by Mother Nature often doesn't fit into man's breeding program. While Mother Nature's time frame stipulates that the mare should be receptive to... Read More


Improving Breeding Programs

June 03, 2003

In today’s competitive equine market, developing strategies to succeed and grow can mean the difference for an equine business. Michael White, an equine advisor for Teagasc in Tipperary, Ireland, spoke about promoting growth of the Irish equine... Read More