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Breeding / Reproduction

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. 

Tetanus

September 2014

This potentially fatal disease that affects all domestic species and man is easily prevented with vaccination, and this is why clinical cases are, thankfully, relatively rare. Dr Emily Mabbott from WestVETS explains how infection can occur, possible treatment and the steps every horse owner can take to prevent infection from occurring in the first place. What causes Tetanus? 

Embryo Transfer

September 2014

Whether it is to allow a competitive mare to continue performing, achieving multiple foals from one mare in a season or to ensure valuable genetics are not lost if a mare can no longer carry a foal, breeders and veterinarians are recognising the advantages of embryo transfer.  In this article, Dr Gillian Rickard from the Illawarra Equine Centre explains the importance of working with an expert team, and the process and factors that play a role in the success of this specialised breeding technique.

Is foaling a stressful time for mares?

July 2014

Study finds giving birth a very different experience in horses and humans.   Foaling in horses is extremely fast. Labour and the active part of foaling that results in the delivery of the foal, takes between 10 and 20 minutes, considerably shorter time than giving birth in humans or in cows. But, is this brief period stressful for the animals or are horses more relaxed than humans when giving birth?

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