Reproduction

Pre-mature Foal

What is a premature foal? A premature foal is a foal that is immature and born before term, generally considered to be if they are born at less than 330 days gestation. However, length of pregnancy varies between mares, so the definition of a premature foal is not based solely on gestational age but also [...]

Placentitis

WHAT IS IT? Placentitis is an inflammation within the placenta, it is responsible for the majority of late term abortions in broodmares. The most common type is ascending placentitis where bacteria enters the sterile uterus from the lower reproductive tract (e.g. mares with poor vaginal conformation). Viral and fungal infections can also cause placentitis. Early [...]

Artificial Insemination in the Mare

    ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION IN THE MARE AT NERRCSemen collection and insemination techniques have been refined to make Artificial Insemination (AI) an excellent reproductive choice providing an advantageous option for many breeders.Some of the advantages of AI are to eliminate transporting a horse for breeding, reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, eliminate breeding accidents [...]

Semen Freezing and Storage

Preserving your stallion genetics is key and we offer this procedure in our equine reproduction laboratory at Luskintyre.WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES? Increased quality control:The use of frozen semen allows pre-screening for infectious diseases and a thorough evaluation of the semen quality after collection and after thawing. This allows owners to be informed about the quality of [...]

Dummy Foal Nursing After Madigan Squeeze Procedure

By Dr. Lisanna Gallent Neonatal maladjustment syndrome (aka dummy foal syndrome) is a common disorder of foals that have mystified equine veterinarians for decades. Foals affected by this disorder seem detached from the world, often wondering aimlessly with no affinity for their mum. The most problematic symptom of this disorder is these foals’ lack of [...]