Mare Care

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Placentitis: Effect on Neonates

January 20, 2007

As the 2007 foaling season approaches, the health of newborn foals is at the forefront of everyone's mind. One common reason for the birth of an unhealthy newborn is placentitis.

Veterinarians and human medical doctors from private... Read More

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Solar Signs Aim to Help Curb Crashes with Amish Buggies

January 05, 2007

Though the Amish eschew modern technology, Kentucky transportation officials are hoping the western Kentucky Amish community will benefit from solar-powered signs.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials have installed the new signs... Read More

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NSAIDs and Pregnancy

December 01, 2006

Q: A mare I am planning to breed had shoulder surgery almost two years ago (part of her scapula was removed due to a fracture). Although she healed well, she recently slipped and reinjured the shoulder. She's on Bute twice a day... Read More

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Breeding Expertise

December 01, 2006

The annual conference of the Society for Theriogenology (SFT) was held Aug. 22-26 in St. Paul, Minn. Scientists and clinicians specializing in reproduction shared new research and updated views on many topics during the conference. Following are... Read More

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The Pregnant Mare (Book Excerpt)

November 26, 2006

The role of the broodmare on any farm is to produce a live, healthy foal and thereby pass her genes on to a new generation of horses. All of an owner's hopes and management efforts culminate in that hour when the mare begins to labor to deliver her... Read More

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Walking Horse Trainers, Veterinarians React to Celebration Flap

October 04, 2006

According to Walking Horse trainers and veterinarians, the issues leading to the early closure of the National Celebration show were but another example of a lack of consistency in the interpretation of the Horse Protection Act (HPA).... Read More

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Canadian Anthrax Outbreak Worsens

October 01, 2006

An anthrax outbreak that has claimed 687 animals and caused 147 premises to be quarantined.... Read More

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Equality or Survival

June 01, 2006

How can we help? That was the question asked over and over by myself, veterinarians, and other visitors as we helplessly walked by stall after stall of sick and injured working mules and donkeys at the hospital run by the Society for the Protection... Read More

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Product Spotlight: Equine Vacations

May 01, 2006

A full-color catalogue of exotic destinations where you can gallop a horse through the surf, trot through fields of lavender, or Paso up a mountainside to catch your first glimpse of Macchu Pichu...it's fantasy-inducing. There's virtually no horse... Read More

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MRLS: Sharing Knowledge

May 01, 2006

You might think, "Well, I'm not a breeder, and I'm not in Florida, so why should I care about mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS)?" Because it's a great example of how an illness can pop up anywhere and take the residents by surprise. But,... Read More

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Endophyte-Infected Fescue

April 01, 2006

Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) is a nutritious cool-season perennial grass that grows on more than 35 million acres in the United States. Introduced from Europe more than 100 years ago, it didn't become popular until the mid-1940s afte... Read More

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Book Excerpt: Feeding During Pregnancy and Lactation

March 24, 2006

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Understanding Equine Preventive Medicine by Bradford G. Bentz, VMD. This book is available from Read More

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Pregnant Mares

February 01, 2006

The mare from which you have always wanted to raise a foal has just been pronounced pregnant by your veterinarian. Now you just have to wait about 11 months and see what she produces, right? Not so fast! There is much more involved than just... Read More

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Will Cimetidine Hurt the Foal?

January 01, 2006

Q: I have a gray mare that's 19 years old and has melanomas under her tail. She's been on cimetidine for a couple of years to treat them, which has been working fine. I cut off her cimetidine before breeding her recently (she wa... Read More

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Retained Fetal Membranes

January 01, 2006

For a mare, the birth of her foal is an explosive process, in the best of circumstances requiring less than a half-hour from the time her water breaks to the time the foal has been delivered through the birth canal. In a wilder existence, a... Read More

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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

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Monitoring Pregnancy

December 01, 2005

Preparations for breeding and the act of getting a mare bred involve dedicated time and commitment by a horse owner. Then it seems as if all that needs to be done is to sit back and wait for the foaling date. But this is not quite so; it is... Read More

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Diagnosing Endometritis--Biopsies vs. Swabs

November 01, 2005

Is an endometrial swab the best screening tool for endometritis, or inflammation of the uterine lining (endometrium)? Not according to a recently published study from Denmark in Theriogenology that compared endometrial swabs with biopsies to... Read More

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Vaccinations for Youngsters

November 01, 2005

Protecting tender immune systems against disease is the surest way to ensure the young horse doesn't fall victim to either temporarily uncomfortable or life-ending infections.

Even though foals receive some immunity by drinking colostru... Read More

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Crossing Boundaries

October 01, 2005

Vaccination of broodmares is just one part of a complete disease prevention program, but its importance should not be underestimated. Immunization is one of the least expensive, and most effective, strategies horse breeders can use to protect... Read More

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West Nile Recovery x 3

September 01, 2005

One day, Marla Gilvin heard whinnying uncharacteristic from her 5-year-old Kentucky Mountain mare Cocoa Rain. “I went out to see what she was doing and called her to the barn,” Gilvin recalls. “She didn’t move. Her 4-month-old foal was running... Read More

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Maiden Mare Fertility

June 01, 2005

Q: I have a 12-year-old Quarter Horse barrel mare I would like to breed. She has never had a foal, and we have not been able to get her to settle after breeding her with cooled semen for three cycles. What could be causing... Read More

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Umbilical Cord Length and Foal Health

May 23, 2005

A long umbilical cord increases the risks for abortions and stillbirths in horses. Complications include strangulation of the foal and excessive cord twisting, writes Karin Bosh in a recent edition of Equine Disease Quarterly, a newsletter... Read More

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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

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Innovative Mare Milker

May 12, 2005

A new invention by Buck Wheeler called the Udderly EZ mare milker is helping breeding farms manage colostrum collection and the sometimes difficult task of milking a mare.

The device is a hand-held, trigger-operated pump that fits on a... Read More