Category: Articles

Weaning: More than just separating the foal from its dam

| August 14, 2010 | Reply
Weaning: More than just separating the foal from its dam

The weaning season is in full swing now. My neighbour, Stewart Mitchell, who trains racehorses, also handles youngsters and does breaking in for a few fortunate people.Recently, he has been weaning two TB foals for one of his owners, and so, with this article on my mind, I asked if I could observe his methods. […]

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An interview with Dr Jochen Wilkins – 2005

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An interview with Dr Jochen Wilkins – 2005

Dr. Jochen Wilkens is Breeding Director and General Manager of the German Hanoverian Verband (breed society). With his wife, Ulla, he toured Australia and New Zealand in February/March 2005, viewing foals and young stock, and classifying mares. Sue French was able to spend some time with them during their tour. Dr. Wilkens has been Breeding […]

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Breeding with frozen semen

| August 14, 2010 | Reply
Breeding with frozen semen

This article was prepared by Dave Hanlon of Matamata Veterinary Services. Dave is an Equine Reproductive Specialist and has considerable experience in the use of Frozen Semen. Frequently asked questions Q: What is the success rate when using frozen semen?The average conception rate per cycle when using frozen semen of excellent quality is 30-50%. This […]

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Selecting a Broodmare

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Selecting a Broodmare

Factors that affect the broodmare’s influence in the breeding farm.

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Normal signs of behaviour prior to and including foaling in mares

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Normal signs of behaviour prior to and including foaling in mares

by Angela Smith BVSc Prior to foaling. One of the first signs is the distended udder. During the last month the udder usually enlarges. The mare’s udder may fill up at night while she is resting and shrink during the day while she exercises. When the udder remains full through out the day, then foaling […]

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Colour genetics

| August 14, 2010 | Reply
Colour genetics

by Angela Smith BVSc This article has been collated from material published by the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, on their website. The bulk of the material presented has been sourced from an article written by Dr. Ann. T. Bowling, an eminent geneticist. Coat colour genetics in horses is still a very […]

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Comments from discussions with Mr Manfred Lopp

| August 14, 2010 | Reply
Comments from discussions with Mr Manfred Lopp

reported by John Smith Manfred Lopp was  Head of the Stallion Testing Station at Adelheidsdorf, Germany from 1965 until his retirement in 1994. He visited New Zealand in 1999. Members should be more objective about their assessment of their own horses. Often we know our neighbour’s horse better than our own. We can get too […]

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Poor performance in Sport Horses

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Poor performance in Sport Horses

reported by Angela Smith B.V.Sc. This article is a report on the presentation by Dr Dan Shaw at the AGM on 30 June 2001 in Cambridge. This is based on the UK research by Sue Dyson. Most common presenting signs of poor performance in dressage horses: horses that won’t go horses show uneven contact in […]

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Osteochondritis dessecans – or OCD

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Osteochondritis dessecans – or OCD

by Angela Smith B.V.Sc.

This article is a report on the presentation by Dr Brett Tennent-Brown at the AGM on 30 June 2001 in Cambridge.
This is very important as the incidence of OCD is increasing.

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