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Breeding / Reproduction

Equine Herpes Virus

May 2014

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) causes horse owners and breeders a large amount of concern due to its potentially devastating effects.  The virus is ever-present in the horse population worldwide and cases of Herpes virus infection are seen sporadically across Australia. It can cause mild to life-threatening disease affecting the respiratory and neurological systems, as well as being responsible for abortions in all ages and breeds of horses and donkeys.

Post-Foaling: What About Your Mare?

April 2014

Every breeding season there are a multitude of articles written focusing on the health and wellbeing of the foal, but what about the mare? As Dr Katelyn McNicol from WestVETS Animal Hospital and Equine Reproduction Centre explains, there are just as many potential health concerns surrounding the mare post-foaling, some of which can be rapidly fatal. My mare has just foaled, do I need to call a vet? 

Breeding for a Good Reason

January 2013

Breeders should be the first to assume the long term responsibility for every foal produced. Self-regulation is the key, and in the following article, Jane Myers and Jeanette Gower highlight some of the considerations to make in advance if we are to give those future foals the best possible chance.

The Rig

August 2012

Rig or cryptorchid are terms used to describe a stallion with one or two undescended testicles. This condition has implications both for fertility and behavioural traits, as the retained testicles are unable to produce viable sperm, but are still capable of producing testosterone.  

Breeding Principles: an Introduction

August 2012

Many animal breeders, horse breeders, service dog trainers, race industry breeders, domestic breeders and farmers have an ‘ideal’ animal in mind. Without the knowledge, the science and the techniques required to set up and maintain a successful breeding program, reaching that goal can be a long, slow process. Great success in the field of animal breeding is the culmination of attention to detail. A strong foundation in theory and practice will assist a breeder in maximising the potential of their animals.

The 'Popular Sire' Effect in Breeding

July 2012

For some, pedigrees and the research required to utilise the information contained within them, may be incredibly boring. I believe them to be the most important link to solving many breeding mysteries. Why is my eye drawn to that animal? What line does it carry? Why does the ‘type’ seem so familiar to me? What can this animal offer the breed if I decide to include it in a breeding program?

The First 48 Hours

July 2012

Our new bundle of joy has arrived and the most stressful part, the labour, is over. Now there are more things to worry about. A healthy foal? Firstly, has your new foal been able to stand within an hour of birth and secondly, has it been able to nurse within two hours of birth. These are ideal time frames for the most important milestones in the first 24 hours. The third most important thing is the passing of the meconium (first manure passed by foal, usually firm and black to mustard in colour and can be up to 50cm in length) and then urination.

Training your horse to go into a confined space

October 2010

Horses are naturally wary of small spaces and they tend to avoid confinement so will often react by showing various expressions of flight response. The three most common situations where horses need to walk into a small space and be confined are floats and trucks, vet crushes and racing barriers. In the May issue I explained the float training process (to view click here), and in this article I will focus on vet crushes and race barriers. The training process for all three is very similar.


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