broodmares

How Old Is ‘Too Old’ For A Broodmare?

According to figures released by The Jockey Club last month, 33,746 Thoroughbred broodmares visited stallions this past breeding season. With an average gestation of roughly 11 ½ months, it’s not uncommon for mares to take several foals before they produce their best offspring, which could have them in production for years. A quick scan of […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘Mom Of The Year’ Gives Owners An Alternative To Nurse Mares

When foals are born, so too are the hopes and dreams of their owners and caretakers that they grow up strong, fast, healthy, and sound so they may one day compete on the same hallowed ground as champions before them. Foaling season is a magical time, when pastures at Thoroughbred farms everywhere are peppered with sweet, […]

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Leptospirosis Vaccine Gaines Approval For Use In Pregnant Mares

Zoetis today announced Lepto EQ Innovator®, the only equine leptospirosis vaccine against L. pomona, received additional approval for use in broodmares for all three trimesters of pregnancy. Field safety studies, which examined the vaccine when used in the first, second and third trimesters of pregnancy, showed no systemic or local reactions to vaccination. “Leptospires can […]

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Graded Stakes Producer Michele Royale Euthanized At 23

Stakes-placed Michele Royale, owned by Sam and Jo Pollock ‘s Pollock Farms was euthanized today at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky due to infirmities of old age. The 23-year-old daughter of Groovy out of Wise and Happy was distinguished as a broodmare at the track and in the sales ring. The Pollock’s Royale Michele, […]

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Bloodlines: A Confounding But Elite Producer

For a sire to achieve a double with stakes winners on a single day or over a weekend is a notable accomplishment, but for a broodmare, the feat is nearly unheard of. For stallions on Feb. 20, the high-class sire Candy Ride was represented by a pair of stakes winners, both at Fair Grounds in New […]

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New Bolton Announces Observation Service For Healthy Broodmares

Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center is offering a new foaling service for healthy mares that provides around-the-clock observation as they approach their due date, and care throughout and after the foaling.  “We are responding to requests from the equine community for New Bolton Center to provide this service,” said Dr. Barbara Dallap Schaer, Medical Director […]

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1,2,3: One Easy Rule For Monitoring Mare And Foal After Birth

The flashy Gypsy Vanner mare foaled when no one was watching, but all seemed well, the colt still wet when the barn crew arrived just after dawn. Soon he was up and nursing. Everyone was relieved that morning at the Newcastle County Carousel Park & Equestrian Center in Delaware, as they had been waiting for […]

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Colostrum: Liquid Gold For Breeders And Newborn Foals Alike

As each new year dawns, so too does a new Thoroughbred foaling season. As we saw at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale earlier this month, some arrive earlier than others, as several of the mares cataloged as “in-foal” were accompanied into the sales pavilion with their newborn foals, just days old. One […]

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Bloodlines: Eclipse Award Winners Show Strong Female Influences

One of the consistent points of reference in the highly inconsistent game of breeding the Thoroughbred is that class in the dam, as well as depth in that family, give us a pretty good guide of what to select as breeding stock. Taking the most recent Eclipse Award winners as evidence, both champion 2-year-old filly […]

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Day 2 Of The Keeneland January Sale: Woodbine Oaks Winner Hammers For $500,000

Multiple stakes winner Roan Inish, a daughter of Elusive Quality in foal to Arch, sold for $500,000 to Evelyn Benoit’s Star Guitar Inc. to lead Tuesday’s session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which recorded double-digit increases in average and median for the second consecutive day. Keeneland sold 193 horses for $13,020,400, […]

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