Do Equine Metabolic Diseases Affect Reproduction?

Some veterinarians now believe that metabolic diseases likely have a negative impact on equine reproduction.
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Having trouble getting your mare pregnant? It might be time to take a good look at her weight and metabolic condition. Some veterinarians now believe that metabolic diseases likely have a negative impact on equine reproduction.

At the 2013 Society for Theriogenology Conference, held Aug 7-10 in Louisville, Ky., Peter Morresey, BVSc, MACVSc, Dipl. ACT, ACVIM, presented a lecture on what we know about metabolic diseases and equine reproduction.

Knowledge from Other Species

At the moment, much of what veterinarians know about reproduction-related metabolic disorders in horses comes from human medicine and research in other species, Morresey explained

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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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