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Current horse breeding trends are characterized by a decline in mares bred and a new focus on well-being of established pregnancies, as well as enhanced genetic selection related to the health and future performance of foals.
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Researchers are working to develop a fertility predictor test for colts and fillies to help breeders and buyers make informed decisions and potentially even help improve evaluations during breed inspections.
A mare’s attraction to a stallion—specifically, to his body odors, or “MHC”—affects pregnancy success rates. And, researchers found, mares appear to prefer stallions with MHCs that differ from their own.