Mare Care

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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

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Foal's Playfulness a Reflection of Gender, Mare's Condition

October 16, 2008

The body condition of a mare and the sex of her foal will determine how much the foal plays, according to a new study by researchers at the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The group, led by Elissa... Read More

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See the Light: Advancing the Breeding Season for Early Foals

October 12, 2008

Horse breeders face a dilemma every year as the breeding season nears. Should they breed for early foals or breed their mares to foal out in the spring and summer? The fact that all foals in the northern hemisphere share the same... Read More

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Owner Learns Mare Seized from Breeding Farm was Euthanized

September 22, 2008

Pennsylvania horse owner Anne Maria Cray has feared the worst since learning her mare WeWe C was among 82 allegedly malnourished horses seized by authorities from a... Read More

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Horse Owner Unsure Whether Seized Mare is Dead or Alive

September 18, 2008

Horse owner Virginia Stack of Quakertown, Pa., wasted no time responding to requests for identification information about her Thoroughbred mare, Sharp Gal. The mare was residing at Norcrest Farm in Troupsburg, N.Y., when authorities with the... Read More

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Horse Owner Searches for Mare Seized in Breeding Barn Welfare Case

September 09, 2008

When horse owner Anne Maria Cray of Grantville, Pa., started spreading the word that her 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare, WeWe C, was available for a breeding lease, she never imagined that the horse would end up in the middle of a welfare case.... Read More

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Mare Instinct After Loss

September 01, 2008

After several years of pasture breeding, we are having our first experience with a stillbirth. ... Read More

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Filly in Training at Racetrack Gives Birth

August 22, 2008

Owners are seldom at a loss for words but when Marvin and Joel Cunningham were informed that their 2-year-old homebred filly Tiger Eyed had given birth they were speechless.

The foaling occurred Aug. 20 on the backstretch at Harrah's... Read More

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Equine Reproduction

August 15, 2008

Dickson Varner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, presented the topic "From a Sperm's Eye View" at the 2007 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Mammary Gland Tumors in Mares

July 07, 2008

Mammary neoplasia (tumors) in the mare is exceedingly rare. To date, published cases consist of reports of six single cases and one report each for two, three, and four mares. Of published cases, all tumors were malignant except one report of a... Read More

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Perinatology: End of Pregnancy Through Beginning of Life

May 25, 2008

Traditionally, one of the stronger parts of each AAEP convention program is the time devoted to reproduction. The convention held in Orlando was no exception. It began with an in-depth session titled "Perinatology--End of Pregnancy Through... Read More

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Got Milk? Central Kentucky Colostrum Bank in Need

May 21, 2008

Veterinarians with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., have put out a call for colostrum donations as their supply has dwindled in the midst of foaling season.

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