Category Archives: breeding

Vulval Conformation and Caslick’s Procedure

Posted: | November 2, 2021

Vulval Conformation, Common Vulval Injuries and the Caslick’s Procedure – Vulval Conformation and the Caslick’s Procedure are important aspects to consider, especially when breeding older multiparous mares By Jonathan F Pycock, BVetMed, PhD, DESM, MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Equine Reproduction In the normal mare the vulva provides the first effective barrier to protect the uterus from ascending infection.… Read More »

Horse Breeding Ethics

Posted: | October 31, 2021

The Ethics of Breeding – More than a popularity contest – This older article discussing horse breeding ethics, while written many years ago still holds true today and is worthy of consideration By Jos Mottershead Printed in: Atlantic Horse and Pony, February 1990: “She’s not grown as much as I thought she would”. How many times have people… Read More »

Contagious Equine Metritis – CEM

Posted: | October 31, 2021

Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) – A notifiable disease, Contagious Equine Metritis poses a significant threat for domestic breeders and international trade. By Jos Mottershead and Kathy St. Martin History In the spring of 1977 a previously unidentified genital infection of the equine was observed in the United Kingdom and Ireland in Thoroughbreds. Mares were being found not pregnant… Read More »

Steroidal Secretion Effects on Uterine Ultrasound Characteristics

Posted: | October 27, 2021

Ultrasound Characteristics of the Uterus in the Cycling Mare and their Correlation with Steroid Hormones and Timing of Ovulation – By Jonathan Pycock, BVetMed, PhD, DESM, MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Equine Reproduction – Steroid Effects on Uterine Ultrasound in the Mare By Jonathan F Pycock, BVetMed, PhD, DESM, MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Equine Reproduction The introduction of transrectal… Read More »

AI use in the TB industry

Posted: | October 24, 2021

The question of AI use in the TB industry – a viewpoint – Here we offer some support for the use of AI and refute some of the common reasons often offered against the use By Jos Mottershead That the TB industry is still so vehemently opposed to the use of AI continues to be a source of… Read More »

Equine Viral Arteritis Factfile

Posted: | October 22, 2021

Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) – A summary of information about a disease with reproductive implications. This equine viral arteritis factfile shoots down some myths. There are many myths and much misinformation surrounding the disease equine viral arteritis (EVA). Here we present a list of facts in an attempt to assist in clarification and education for the breeding public.… Read More »

Equine Viral Arteritis

Posted: | October 22, 2021

Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) – a detailed and descriptive article about equine viral arteritis (EVA), a disease which has severe negative reproductive implications. By: Kathy St.Martina, Jos Mottersheada, Dr. Peter Timoneyb LLC, Wynnewood, OK 73098, USA; bDepartment of Veterinary Science, College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546, USA Equine viral arteritis (EVA) is not a… Read More »

Hormones of the Mare’s Estrous Cycle

Posted: | October 22, 2021

The Mare’s Estrous Cycle – an overview of the hormonal relationships that go to make up the reproductive cycle in the mare By Jos Mottershead (These charts and much of the information appearing in this article are reproduced from the short course notes, at which this topic is discussed in detail. For more information on the educational… Read More »

ISER XIII Postponed Until 2023

Posted: | May 28, 2021

ISER XIII Postponed Until 2023 Sadly, the thirteenth International Symposium on Equine Reproduction, which was to have been held 23-29 July, 2022 has been postponed until the following year as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ISER XIII will now be held July 10-14, 2023. This unique quadrennial symposium sees leaders in the equine reproduction world share… Read More »

Early Cyclicity

Posted: | March 22, 2021

Inducing Early Cyclicity in Mares – What practical solutions are there to start mares cycling earlier in the year? This article discusses some of the options. By Jos Mottershead (Originally Printed in: “The Reproduction Forum” in the CSHA Newsletter, 1996; updated 2006, 2015 & 2021) Q: I want my mare to have an early foal, but she doesn’t… Read More »