Hot Topics in Equine Reproduction

Researchers are continually making advancements to improve equine artificial insemination.
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Assisted reproduction has opened a whole new world to some horse breeders. A Kentucky mare who’s never left her home farm, for instance, could produce a foal from a European sire who’s competing at the top of his sport. And while artificial insemination isn’t a new concept, researchers are continually making advancements that improve the practice.

At the 2013 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 17-21 in Las Vegas, Nev., Heath King, DVM, Dipl. ACT, an assistant clinical professor at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, reviewed some current hot topics in assisted equine reproduction with veterinary attendees.

Testicle Processing for Sperm Recovery

The death of a stallion with a bright stud career ahead of him can have a devastating economic impact on his owner. Fortunately, veterinarians and researchers have learned to recover sperm from recently deceased stallions’ epididymis (the duct that stores sperm as it matures)

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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