Mare Care

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New Type Of Placentitis In Mares

July 17, 1998

For several years a unique form of placentitis, referred to as “nocardioform” or “mucoid” placentitis, has been diagnosed at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center. While the number of cases of mucoid... Read More

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Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Manager's Club: Keeping Mares and Foals Healthy

February 17, 1998

The middle of foaling season was an appropriate time for farm managers in Central Kentucky to brush up on some of the finer points of keeping foals and mares healthy. Veterinarian Karen Wolfsdorf of Hagyard, Davidson, & McGee,... Read More

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Sound and Pictures

February 01, 1998

One of the most significant advances in equine management in recent years has been the advent of ultrasonography, or ultrasound. Through this technology, which bounces repeating sound waves off tissues and structures in the horse's body and... Read More

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Sub-Fertile Mares

February 01, 1998

A broodmare which fails to conceive or carry a foal to term can be an emotional and financial liability. For the backyard breeder, the liability might be primarily emotional, when that special mare you wanted to produce your next trail horse or... Read More

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Oxytocin And Maternal Recognition Of Pregnancy In Mares

January 09, 1998

It is well established that early conceptus loss (the embryo and its associated extra-embryonic membranes) is a major source of reproductive inefficiency in domestic animals. Early pregnancy in all mammals is characterized by a high fertilizatio... Read More

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Estrous Cycle Primer

January 01, 1998

For all things there is a time and a season. Nowhere is this more true than in equine reproduction. Nature has established a definite time and season for mares to conceive and bear foals. It is a very sensible approach on the part of... Read More

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Monitoring Fetal Well-Being

October 01, 1997

Fetal monitoring in horses is similar to the methods used for humans -- ultrasound, EKG machines, and blood tests on unborns all are part of monitoring the health of the fetus. Advances in these areas for equines have allowed for... Read More

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Hematoma

July 01, 1997

Hematoma is a word most of us have heard at some point in time, in reference to a swelling on a horse or yourself. But what is it, and how does it affect your horse? This article will discuss some of the conditions or diseases in horses that... Read More

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Barren Mares

June 01, 1997

For a successful domestic species, the fertility rate of the horse is surprisingly low. Coupled with an 11-month gestation period and a single offspring per year, producing a foal is a significant investment for any breeder. So, if you're... Read More

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Pseudomonas Infection in Horses

May 01, 1997

Pseudomonas is a bacteria family that can cause many types of illnesses, from loss of sight to reproductive problems to death. Members of the genus Pseudomonas are commonly found in aquatic habitats (wet areas... Read More

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Caslicks Procedure

May 01, 1997

The Caslick procedure of surgically closing the upper part of the vulva has been commonly practiced on broodmares for the past 60 years. The procedure evolved in an effort to treat what E. A. Caslick, DVM, had observed--the negative effect that... Read More

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Endophyte-Infested Fescue: Hidden Dangers

March 01, 1997

Horse breeders noticed that they were having foaling problems with some mares which were grazing fescue grass or being fed fescue hay. Cattle producers reported that steers on fescue pastures or being fed fescue hay appeared to be unthrifty and that ... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology of a Mare's Reproductive System

November 01, 1996

Moody. Inscrutable. Temperamental. Cantankerous. Mares seem to get tagged with such stereotypical labels. When your female equine displays inappropriate behavior, you might hear someone snort, "Typical mare!" Your mare's nature and individual... Read More

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Reach Out

September 01, 1996

By the time you receive this magazine, October will be drawing to a close. For many people, thoughts will be turning to slowing down for at least a couple of months. Trophies and ribbons will be hung with pride or tucked away with others. The... Read More

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Preventing Estrus In Performance Mares

May 01, 1996

It has happened to many horse owners. The day of the major event or stakes arrives and the prize mare is ready to compete. The night before her coat glistened, her muscles rippled, and her eyes were aglow with competitive spirit.

This... Read More

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Urine Pooling

April 01, 1996

A small percentage of broodmares will be afflicted with urine pooling, also known as vesicovaginal reflux (VVR) or urovagina. But when it does occur, it is a serious problem that sometimes can only be remedied with surgery. Simply put, urine... Read More