British Vets Hope to Expand Equine Reproduction Research

An equine reproduction specialist shares tips for breeders to help them make the most of the latest research.

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While there have been significant advances in equine reproduction techniques over the past 15 years, there’s been less research conducted on reproductive problems in broodmares.

The U.K. veterinary industry hopes to address this deficit by engaging new veterinary interest in the subject; this month the Equine Veterinary Journal has published an online reproduction research collection, with an introduction from equine reproduction expert Jon Pycock, BVetMed, PhD, DESM, MRCVS, new president of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

Pycock has also compiled some pertinent tips for breeders to help them make the most of the latest reproductive science and expertise.

A significant number of the mares bred in the U.K. each year are Thoroughbred mares breeding foals destined for the racing industry. The significant remainder are bred by the sport horse industry for competition in various disciplines. There are also a large number of mares bred by breeders for other reasons. Equine welfare charities collectively advocate that that there are many more horses in the U.K. than there are good homes, which is causing a major welfare problem. Advances in knowledge and techniques are helping to make breeding and safer and easier potentially enabling the focus to be on breeding for quality and purpose rather than quantity, whether Thoroughbred, sport horse, or native pony

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