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Foaling Your Mare

Foaling Your Mare

| August 15, 2010 | Reply

by Dave Hanlon Participating in the delivery of your new foal can be an exhilarating and nervous time for any broodmare owner. Understanding what is normal during foaling and when to seek assistance during or after foaling are the keys to ensuring that both your mare and foal survive the event safely.

Optimal Broodmare Nutrition

Optimal Broodmare Nutrition

| August 14, 2010 | Reply

Drs. Peter Huntington, Steve Jackson and Joe Pagan An increasing amount of evidence suggests that nutrition plays an extremely critical role in maintaining the reproductive efficiency of the mare. There are critical times when nutritional management can impact significantly on the condition and productivity of the mare. It is well understood that lactation puts great […]

Vaccination in Equine Populations

Vaccination in Equine Populations

| August 14, 2010 | Reply

We are grateful to Matamata Veterinary Services Ltd. for the contribution of this article, which was written in June 2008 Why vaccinate?Vaccines are among our most potent weapons against disease. Over the past 100 years they have saved many thousands of horses’ lives and helped render many terrible equine diseases exceedingly rare.Routine vaccination should be […]

Weaning: More than just separating the foal from its dam

Weaning: More than just separating the foal from its dam

| August 14, 2010 | Reply

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. […]

An interview with Dr Jochen Wilkins – 2005

An interview with Dr Jochen Wilkins – 2005

| August 14, 2010 | Reply

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 […]

Breeding with frozen semen

Breeding with frozen semen

| August 14, 2010 | Reply

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 […]

Selecting a Broodmare

Selecting a Broodmare

| August 14, 2010 | Reply

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

Normal signs of behaviour prior to and including foaling in mares

Normal signs of behaviour prior to and including foaling in mares

| August 14, 2010 | Reply

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 […]

Colour genetics

Colour genetics

| August 14, 2010 | Reply

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 […]

Comments from discussions with Mr Manfred Lopp

Comments from discussions with Mr Manfred Lopp

| August 14, 2010 | Reply

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 […]