Gender Stereotypes Do More Harm Than Good In Horse World — Especially For Mares

Studies have shown that people in the equine world have preconceived notions about horse temperament, behavior and rideability based solely on the horse’s gender—specifically mares. This bias could harm mares and fillies by causing them to be overlooked as mounts and companion animals, and potentially affect how humans interact with them. Unfounded prejudice can create […]

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Morphine Delivered Via Epidural Safe Alternative For Pain Control In Pregnant Mares

A pregnant mare with a history of severe lameness had a long-term epidural placed that delivered morphine to make her more comfortable. The long-term use of the epidural caused no issues to the mare or her foal. Drs. Alessandro Mirra, Jasmin Birras, Sabina Diez Bernal and Claudia Spadavecchia tested the theory, noting that in the […]

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Review: Multiple Reasons For Equine Deaths During Foaling

Complications during foaling are a predominant cause of death and disease in foals and mares; even normal births can cause injury to the mare, both externally or internally. In some cases, these injuries can be so significant that they can cause the death or require the euthanization of the mare. Researchers reviewed the cases of […]

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Kentucky Humane Society Takes In Surviving Mare, Colt From Herd Killed In Eastern Kentucky

Late Friday night, the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) received a pregnant mare and her weanling colt from the same herd where 20 horses were found shot dead on a strip mine near the Pike and Floyd County KY line on Dec. 17. The two survivors are recovering at the Kentucky Humane Society’s Willow Hope Farm […]

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Debunking The Mare Myth To Help Ensure Female Welfare

The stereotype of mares being bossy and difficult may make some potential horse owners overlook them as mounts, a new study shows. Doctoral student Kate Fenner, along with her team of Georgina Caspar, Michelle Hyde, Navneet Dhand, Paul McGreevy, Cathrynne Henshall, Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, Andrew McLean and Katherine Dashper believe that this gender bias may jeopardize […]

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Age-Old Question: How Old Is Too Old To Breed A Mare?

Generally, mares are past their reproductive prime when they reach 15 to 16 years old. There are mares that can carry and deliver healthy foals into their 20s, but the majority of them have had multiple successful pregnancies before. To see if a mare can be bred, a veterinarian should perform a breeding soundness exam […]

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Gut Check: What Equine Microbes Reveal

Microbes found in the gut of horses and ponies are key to their wellbeing, though the link between the two is not well understood. A study that used fecal samples from 35 Welsh Mountain pony mares over the course of two years is suggesting that obesity may have a greater effect on gut microbes than […]

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Ultrasonography For Healthy Mares And Foals

Mares require veterinary care throughout pregnancy to ensure well-being. These examinations help identify potential issues, allowing owners time to make changes in management to benefit the mare and her developing foal. Examples include (1) identification of changing needs to their hoof care and (2) dietary energy modifications to ensure she is not over- or underfed during gestation, and […]

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Equine Guelph Launches Free Online Mare & Foal Care Tool

Guelph, Ontario – Equine Guelph announces its new “Mare & Foal Care Tool, a free and interactive online tool that will help users learn about reproduction in horses. The Mare & Foal Care Tool was designed and developed in partnership with PFERA, an equine reproductive biotechnology company, as a resource for horse owners and breeders. This […]

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