Recent News for Breeding Basics


Seeing Double: Handling Equine Twins

October 16, 2016

Veterinarians have developed methods for detecting and reducing twins in horses. ... Read More


Breeding Soundness Exams for Him and Her

October 14, 2016

Both the stallion and mare must be in good health and fertility before you even attempt to produce a foal.... Read More


Genetics of Professionals', Amateurs' Show Jumpers Compared

October 12, 2016

A French genetics team determined a common breeding pool is not only realistic, but also preferable.... Read More


Advancements in Understanding Genomics and Horses

October 09, 2016

Genomic tools could help address horse health problems that couldn't be resolved with earlier technologies.... Read More


Pandora's Box: Equine Genomics

October 08, 2016

"Genomics" covers all aspects of genes, including structure and function. Here's what equine researchers are learning.... Read More


Feeding Foals

October 03, 2016

A foal's diet is critical to development, disease prevention, and more. Here's how to feed foals through weaning.... Read More


University of Maryland Equine Program Breeds Success

September 18, 2016

Learn about the university's Thoroughbred breeding program, a winning one-eyed gelding, and more.... Read More


Consider Hysteroscopy During Mare Breeding Soundness Exams

September 03, 2016

Hysteroscopy involves running a flexible endoscope through the uterus to check for abnormalities.... Read More


Can Alpha-Fetoprotein Help Diagnose Neonatal Disease?

August 21, 2016

Researchers found that AFP could be a useful biomarker to help assess neonatal health soon after birth.... Read More


12 Miniature Horse Health Risks

July 26, 2016

While small in size, Minis have the same health needs and risks as other breeds, as well as a number of unique issues. ... Read More


Weaning Ways

July 15, 2016

Here's how to help your weanling transition to adulthood as smoothly as possible.... Read More


Variations in Body Conformation

June 27, 2016

There is no one ideal body type; there are, however, conformation traits that can affect performance.... Read More


A Closer Look at Genetic Testing in Horses

June 26, 2016

Scientists are learning more about horses' DNA and how mutations impact health, behavior, performance, and more.... Read More


Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

June 14, 2016

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say.... Read More


How Does Acupuncture Work?

June 10, 2016

There's a complex series of events that occur when acupuncture needles are placed. Here's a rundown of what happens.... Read More


Researchers Study the Genetics of Trainability

May 20, 2016

Scientists found a gene that could identify superior tractability, or how easily a horse can be trained or controlled.... Read More


Equine Genetics Researcher Lear Dies at 64

May 17, 2016

Teri Lear, PhD, worked on the Horse Genome Project, which resulted in the first map of a horse's genetic sequence.... Read More


Study Identifies Genetic Risk Factors for Equine Abortions

May 15, 2016

This is the first study to identify a potential genetic, rather than environmental, cause for foal loss in mares.... Read More


Research-Based Weaning Tips to Reduce Stress

April 21, 2016

Start planning early to make the transition away from mom as smooth as possible.... Read More


Do Equine Genetics Influence Behavior?

April 14, 2016

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian explains the role that genetics play in a horse's behavior.... Read More


When Nature Meets Science: Breeding With Frozen Semen

April 14, 2016

What you need to know and expect when using this breeding method.... Read More

Jerry and Ann Moss visit Zenyatta in January 2011 at Lane's End Farm.


Zenyatta's 2016 Colt Dead

April 13, 2016

The champion Thoroughbred racing mare's colt by War Front succumbed to meconium aspiration syndrome at 2 days of age.... Read More


The Importance of Postmortem Exams on Aborted Fetuses

April 09, 2016

Post-mortem exams are crucial to determine what caused the abortion. Here's what your veterinarian will look for.... Read More


Mare Thyroid Condition Might be Linked to Foal Deaths

April 08, 2016

The rare condition--primary hypothyroidism--in mares could be behind a potentially deadly foal problem called CHDS.... Read More


Study: Cardiac Recovery Time Identified as Heritable Trait

April 07, 2016

Selective breeding could lead to horses more tailored for endurance and improve welfare and performance, scientists say.... Read More