Bluegrass Equine Reproduction Symposium

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Reproductive Field Surgery

Castration and Caslick’s procedures generally come to mind at the mention of reproductive surgeries that can be performed in the field, but Dwayne Rodgerson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, says there are plenty of othe

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Hormone and Drug Use in the Stallion

Many hormone and drug treatments could have a negative impact on the endocrine system, so it’s best to avoid using them altogether in the breeding stallion. However, Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB, of the University of Pennsylvania’s School

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Reproductive Evaluation of the Stallion

When a veterinarian is considering a stallion’s suitability as a breeding animal, the horse’s history, current physical condition, and libido are just as important as his semen quality.

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New Developments in Stallion Nutrition

Name a part of your horse you’d like to enhance–anything from his coat or hooves to his stamina–and there’s likely a supplement for it. Marketed alongside the products that improve joint function and breathing ability, there are supplements

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Immunostimulant Helps Mares with Endometritis Maintain Pregnancy

“Post-breeding endometritis is a major cause of subfertility, affecting approximately 15% of mares,” said John Steiner, DVM, Dipl. ACT, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. “We know it’s a big problem, so we’ve tried an adjunct treatment to see

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Another Approach to Equine Castration

The use of the Stone Henderson Equine Castration Instrument, which allows veterinarians to geld colts using an attachment on a battery-powered drill, has gained speed since its debut at the 2005 American Association of Equine Practitioners’

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New Twin Reduction Procedure

“We know that twinning has a profound impact on the mare,” said Karen Wolfsdorf, DVM, Dipl. ACT, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. “The presence of twins post-fixation (after the embryonic vesicle becomes stationary on about the 16th day after

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Postpartum Complications in the Mare

If your mare experiences complications following foaling, it’s important to note when they arise, said Walter Zent, DVM, a veterinarian at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., in his presentation at the 2006 Hagyard Bluegrass

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Buserelin Use in the Anestrus Mare

A compounded drug has shown considerable promise in treating anestrus mares–those that are not cycling and thus are difficult to impregnate. Walter Zent, DVM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, described his experience using Buserelin in mare

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Induction of Lactation in the Non-Pregnant Mare

Poor milk production or the loss of a mare in the peripartum period (occurring in the last month of gestation or the first few months after delivery) can jeopardize the health and viability of the foal. To provide the foal with an alternate

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Systemic Therapy in the High-Risk Mare

Several conditions can threaten pregnancy in the late gestational mare. C.S. Bailey, DVM, who is completing a theriogenology residency at the University of Florida and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., said some of these

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Dopamine and Its Evil Twin Ergovaline

In the horse, the hormone dopamine exerts a number of effects through its actions on the pituitary gland. Both dopamine and ergovaline, a dopaminergic agonist (a drug that stimulates dopamine receptors), can significantly impact the mare’s

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