Breeding Soundness Exam

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Readers Respond: Breeding Barrier

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, “Have you ever had a veterinarian perform a Caslick’s procedure on a mare?


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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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From Breeding to Birth

Testing innovative techniques and brushing up on common procedures are the lifeblood of advancing any medical specialty, and the field of equine reproduction is no exception. Veterinarians are always looking for new ways to improve procedures they

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Basics of Life

Reproduction in all species borders on the miraculous. In this article on reproductive anatomy, we’ll take a look at the reproductive organs of both the mare and the stallion and discuss just how they function in their effort to produce another “miracle.”

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Mothers to Be

While the socialization process of transforming fillies and mares from racetrack careers into broodmares might be easier than it is for stallions, biologically it is significantly more complex for distaffers to begin their reproductive

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Breeding Soundness Exam of the Mare

Horse breeding is a time-consuming and expensive business. Therefore, horse breeders must be able to assess the likelihood of a mare being able to conceive, carry a fetus through a pregnancy, and deliver a live foal. While unforeseen problems ca

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Find Reproductive Problems

Most of us associated with breeding mares and stallions can’t wait for the season to end and don’t want to think of barren mares and stallions until next year. However, the most opportune time to identify causes of infertility might be missed if

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Uterine Tubal Patency Examination

Breeding is big business. Those who doubt need only look at the results of the 1998 Keeneland November breeding stock sale for verification. Prices for broodmares and weanlings soared–top price for a broodmare, $7 million; for a weanling, $1.5

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Assessing Sperm Quality

Laboratory assays have been developed which evaluate multiple sperm parameters on large numbers of sperm in a semen sample. These assays may prove useful in evaluating semen prior to insemination or at the beginning of the breeding season.

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