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Breeding / Reproduction

Weaning Strategy

September 2015

Whilst some will argue over the best timing or weaning method, the question horse owners are asking is why wean at all?  Is it really necessary to intervene in what is a normally occurring and natural process? And, what might happen if you didn’t wean that foal?  Horses and People’s Editor, Cristina Wilkins, talks with breeder and equitation science researcher Dr Amanda Warren-Smith about her experience allowing broodmares and foals to stay together in their family group, and the reasons she chooses not to wean. 

Preparing Your Mare for Pregnancy

September 2015

So, you’ve decided to make the big step and add another four-legged lawn mower to your family. But, what now? What do you need to do to get your mare ready to carry your new foal? The first thing to consider is whether a new foal is the best option for your family. Factors such as the cost of insemination, post-natal care of the foal and ongoing costs need to be seriously considered. For more information about the costs of pregnancy and care of your newborn foal, please contact your veterinarian.

Breeding Your Mare? 5 Legal Issues You Need to Know

September 2015

The sharp rise in the number of horse owners breeding their own mares to advertised stallions and the development of new breeding technologies has made it easier than ever to realise the dream of breeding your own foal.  However, there are a number of highly complex legal issues to consider and, sadly, disputes are increasingly common without the protection and careful consideration of a Stallion Service Agreement. Here are the five most common legal issues you should know ahead of this breeding season to ensure you, your mare and the prospect of a happy, healthy foal are protected...

Are Genetics Enough to Breed an Equine Superstar?

September 2015

As Registered Equine Reproduction Specialist Dr John Chopin explains, the single most limiting factor affecting a horse’s athletic potential might be the 11 months spent in utero. Did you choose the best bloodlines?  Are you feeding your equine athlete all the recommended feeds and micronutrients?  Have you got the best trainer?  Do you get them regularly massaged or acupunctured?  Are you looking for something else to maximise the potential of a horse that, genetically, should be a superstar, but is not quite living up to expectations?

Foaling Made Easy

August 2015

FoalGuard are very excited to announce their new multi-channel foaling alarm that can identify individual mares when foaling and has an optional phone/SMS alert that works via the mobile phone network. Interested? Read on...

Breeding Your Dream Foal

January 2015

With the development of breeding technologies in recent years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of people breeding their own “dream foal”. Having been through the process myself with my own young Warmbloods, I can say that there are few things in life more exciting. But with this area, comes some highly complex legal issues and, sadly, disputes. In this article, we will look at some of the common legal questions which arise at the initial stage of breeding - the stallion service contract. Stallion services

Ancient Horse DNA Reveals Human Breeding Preferences

January 2015

Almost every child grew up with ‘Lilla Gubben’, the horse of Pippi Longstocking, with its white coat and black spots. Researchers have discovered the occurrence of these horses has fluctuated considerably throughout history.

Premature Foals to Benefit from Breeder Survey

December 2014

Australian breeders are invited to help develop new foal management strategies for foals born prematurely by responding to a survey into foaling experiences. The survey, which is open to anyone who has bred a foal in the past three years, is being run by Jane Clothier, a post graduate student at CSIRO and the University of New England. Jane, who has been an equine body worker for 10 years in Australia and the United Kingdom, explains that little is understood about how to manage premature foals for the long term. To take part in the survey, click here.

The Foaling Mare

November 2014

So, it is now time for your mare to foal!  All the sleepless nights have come to this. Hopefully you get to witness the event. But, what should you expect? What is normal? What is not normal? Should you seek further assistance by an experienced person or your local veterinarian?  The aim of this article is to give a brief, decisive overview of how a mare should foal under normal circumstances. Along with this will be a guide to some normal variations and examples of instances where further assistance is required. 

Double Trouble: Twin Pregnancies

October 2014

Twins may seem like double the fun but, in reality, a twin pregnancy can result in the death of both foals and the mare. In this article, Dr Katelyn McNicol from WestVETS Animal Hospitals and Equine Reproduction Centre gives an overview of the dangers of twin pregnancies, and what can be done to prevent and treat twin pregnancies. Twin pregnancies can occur if there are multiple ovulations around the time of insemination or mating. 


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