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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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Stable Relationships Key To Happy Horse Herds

Horses are social animals that do best in environments that offer them opportunities to interact with other horses. However, it’s important that the group of horses that are turned out together have minimal aggression to allow them to bond with one another. University of Iceland researchers Hrefna Sigurjónsdóttir and Hans Haraldsson studied 426 Icelandic horses […]

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Chill Out: Stressed Mares Produce Anxious Offspring

While great importance is normally placed on the selection of a stallion, what a mare imparts on her offspring should not be underestimated, reports Janne Winther Christensen, an associate professor in Animal Science at Aarhus University and president of the International Society for Equitation Science. Multiple research projects have shown that mares have greater influence […]

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Nothing To Sneeze At: Certain Horse Breeds More Hypoallergenic Than Others

There’s some good news for people suffering from allergies to horses: not all horses trigger the same sorts of allergic reactions. German research has found that some equine breeds elicit a lesser allergic reaction in people than others. Researcher Eva Zahradnik from the Ruhr-University Bochum published a study in PLOS ONE on the Bashkir Curly […]

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Figures Show Number Of Horses Shipped To Mexico For Slaughter Up From 2017

As of Dec. 6, nearly 66,000 U.S. horses have been transported to Mexico for slaughter, according to the USDA Economics, Statistics and Marketing Information System. The exact number, 65,915 is an increase over the 62,832 horses sent to Mexico for slaughter as of the same date in 2017. The number of horses exported to Mexico […]

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Genetics Behind Horse Height Helps Breeding Programs

Horse owners often try to predict the adult height of young horses. According to Welsh researchers*, knowing which genes play a role in regulating body size, including height, could provide important information regarding growth and development mechanisms, and contribute to mare and stallion selection in breeding programs. “A horse’s size influences both performance and maintenance decisions,” […]

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