Mare Care

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Foal Rejection and Maternal Behavior

May 11, 2009

Foal rejection is a heartbreaking twist to an otherwise normal foaling and unless the mare has rejected a foal before, there is no way to predict if and when it will happen.... Read More

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ELISA Blood Test for Equine Pregnancy Tracking Available

May 07, 2009

Horsemen have a new option when checking mares for pregnancy this breeding season. Biotracking, a company created by Garth Sasser, PhD, a professor of animal science at the University of Idaho, came up with a blood test for ruminants (BioPRYN) a... Read More

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Estrus Suppression

May 01, 2009

When a mare exhibits unexpected or undesirable behavior that cannot be explained by illness or injury, the owner might suspect it is related to the mare's estrous cycle. He or she might notice the mare is more difficult to train or ride... Read More

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Hormone Therapy in the Mare, AAEP 2008

April 10, 2009

The discussion on hormone therapy in the mare followed a systematic progression through three broad areas: 1) hastening the onset of (ovarian) follicular activity and ovulation in winter anestrus (noncycling) mares; 2) synchronizing ovulation in cycl... Read More

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Diazepam Levels in Foals

March 27, 2009

The combination of ketamine and diazepam (Valium) commonly comprise anesthesia agents in horses. However, she added, many surgeons steer away from the combination when anesthetizing mares that are suffering from dystocia (difficult birth).... Read More

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Embryo Transfer in Chronically Infertile Mares, AAEP 2008

March 24, 2009

Embryo transfer is a management procedure for producing foals by mares that either are in training or have reproduction problems. In some cases the goal is to allow young performing mares to reproduce while continuing their careers. In other cases th... Read More

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Contagious Equine Metritis

March 18, 2009

Contagious equine metritis (CEM) is a highly contagious venereal (sexually transmitted) disease of horses.... Read More

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Kester News Hour

March 17, 2009

Top 2008 equine studies include lawsonia, EPM, heart murmurs, etc., at the AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Breeding The Problem Mare With AI

March 08, 2009

"In my opinion, a mare that fails to become pregnant by AI with good semen quality and does so by natural cover without human intervention is an example of poor or inadequate breeding management by the personnel performing the AI," said Samper.... Read More

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AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More

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Mare Fertility (AAEP 2008)

February 03, 2009

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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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New for Veterinarians and Equine Professionals

February 01, 2009

A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals.... Read More

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Know the Stages of Mare Labor

January 27, 2009

As foaling season approaches, horse owners who are expecting foals this year should know how to recognize the signs of labor in a foaling mare. The normal gestation length for a mare can range from 320 to 360 days, with the average being around... 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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Carry That Weight: Lameness in Pregnant Mares

January 10, 2009

Lameness is not an uncommon condition in pregnant mares. But does pregnancy itself make a horse more prone to lameness?

"Any horse can become lame while pregnant, but pregnancy does not make lameness more likely as a single factor," said... Read More

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Dam Wins Battle of the Sexes to Protect Foal

December 29, 2008

After witnessing a rare (and unsuccessful) infanticide attack by a stallion on a one-hour-old foal, behavior researcher Meeghan Gray, PhD, from the University of Nevada, Reno, reported findings from the macabre event.

"In this first report... Read More

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Fourth Stallion has CEM; Kentucky Farm and State Working Together

December 23, 2008

A fourth stallion that formerly stood at a Central Kentucky breeding facility, now identified as DeGraff Stables/Liberty Farm Equine Reproduction Center LLC, has tested positive for contagious equine metritis (CEM). Officials had considered this... Read More

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Prepare Now for January Foaling

December 02, 2008

Foals start arriving in January, so having all of the necessary equipment organized and ready to go is a project best completed in December. There are basic supplies that are important to have on hand for foaling mares. These should be in a kit or ... Read More

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Impending Arrival

December 01, 2008

Determining when a mare will foal is art and science, but there are tests to help you pinpoint the due date.

Gestation in mares is estimated to last about 340 days, but this is just an average, since mares often foal as... Read More

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Foal Weight Partially Dependent on Parity in New Study

November 29, 2008

Australian researchers based at Coolmore Stud in New South Wales, Australia, reported in a new study that placental weight and parity (number of foals a mare has had) are positively associated with foal weight. In contrast, neither... Read More

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Drug Protocol Turns Rescued Mares into Nurse Mares

November 13, 2008

A medication protocol that can induce lactation in "open" mares has changed the way prominent Kentucky Standardbred nursery, Walnut Hall Ltd., manages its nurse mare herd, while giving more than 20 rescued mares a new

Walnut Hall's vet, Joe... 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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Researchers: Mare's Condition Appears to Impact Sex of Foal

October 18, 2008

A recent study of wild horses in New Zealand has found that broodmares that are healthiest at the time of conception are more likely to have colts.

The study, conducted by researchers Elissa Cameron, MSc, PhD, and Wayne Linklater, PhD, foun... Read More