Category: Breeding

Scoring system developed to assess survival chances of seriously ill foals
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Scoring system developed to assess survival chances of seriously ill foals

Scientists identify six key factors, the main one being cold extremities.

Preparing a foaling kit - are you ready?
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Preparing a foaling kit – are you ready?

Foaling is usually an explosive process. Here’s what you need on hand to be ready.

Do maiden mares produce smaller foals?
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Do maiden mares produce smaller foals?

Study using embryo transfer shows foals from first-time mums smaller, but they soon catch up.

In 1992 HYPP was linked to the illustrious quarter horse sire Impressive.
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HYPP: getting to grips with Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis

HYPP is an autosomal dominant trait affecting western breeds.

Mares who experience breech births more likely to do so again - research
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Mares who experience breech births more likely to do so again – research

Elective caesarean section an option due to risk to foal.

Ability of mares to reduce fear in foals shown in study
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Ability of mares to reduce fear in foals shown in study

Benefits still seen three months after foals were habituated to potentially fearful objects.

One of the foals born from frozen and genotyped embryos.
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Four foals from frozen embryos successfully selected for sex

Technique developed in France said to be a first for Europe.

Foaling appears to cause the opposite of a stress response. Photo: Vetmeduni Vienna
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Mares totally relaxed when giving birth, research suggests

Research shows no rise in stress hormones, no rise in heart rate.

Genetic factors increase risk of foal pneumonia - study
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Genetic factors increase risk of foal pneumonia – study

Texas study zeroes in on location on chromosome 26.

Australian appeal over TB breeding practices lost in federal court
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Australian appeal over TB breeding practices lost in federal court

Three judges rule that thoroughbred ban on AI is not anti-competitive.

Equine embryo transfer no surefire path to pregnancy - research
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Equine embryo transfer no surefire path to pregnancy – research

Review of research reveals factors that can affect success of technique.

Special delivery: My Special Girl and her colt. Photo: New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania
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Special delivery: Colt’s birth shown on webcam

A special boy is born to My Special Girl.

Discovery of pregnancy hormone resolves 50-year-old horse mystery
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Discovery of pregnancy hormone resolves 50-year-old horse mystery

Find may lead to better therapies for preventing early labor in women.

My Special Girl is due to give birth in mid-March. Photos: New Bolton Center
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Birth of special foal to be webcast live from university

My Special Girl’s special delivery to be streamed live from Pennsylvania.

Progress toward new biomarkers to identify bacterial placentitis in mares
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Progress toward new biomarkers to identify bacterial placentitis in mares

More than one biomarker likely required for accurate early detection.

Dorsum of filly with HERDA.
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HERDA a debilitating genetic skin condition

Horses with the hereditary condition HERDA have a defect in their collagen fibers.

The synthetic drug Warfarin was originally developed from a spoiled clover crop which contained a bacterial metabolite of coumarin over 50 years ago. Therefore, figuratively speaking, what quantity of hay might give rise to a positive dope test?
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Limiting dietary roughage may limit equine fertility

Time-related patterns of feeding may be a major and underestimated factor in breeding, say researchers.

Read more: http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/breeding/tha-imprint.shtml#ixzz2hpQxbBox Reuse: You may use up to 20 words and link back to this page. Other reuse not permitted Follow us: @HorsetalkNZ on Twitter | Horsetalk on Facebook A foal who has been handled or imprinted from birth will be much easier to work with as he gets older.
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Imprinting the newborn foal

Following the imprinting process, the foal is compliant and accepting of human companionship.

Normal birth (parturition) in mares
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Normal birth (parturition) in mares

The whole process from water breaking to birth should take less than 30 minutes.

Care of the newborn foal and mare
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Care of the newborn foal and mare

Watch for these signs to ascertain if your newborn foal is healthy – or not.

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