Category Archives: stallion

CEM Identified in Florida

Posted: | May 29, 2024

CEM Identified in Florida “A mare in Florida (FL) has been confirmed culture positive by the USDA APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) for Taylorella equigenitalis, the bacterium that causes contagious equine metritis (CEM). The affected mare, the breeding stallion, and one other mare are under quarantine. A comprehensive epidemiological investigation is being conducted including traceback and history… Read More »

Blue Light

Posted: | October 22, 2023

Does Maternal Exposure to Blue Light Affect Foal Development at Maturity? Because humans like to try and defy nature – January 1st being the “birthday” in the northern hemisphere, and only marginally better August 1st in the southern – we are often attempting to force earlier onset of cyclicity in the seasonally anestrus mare using lighting programs. Several… Read More »

Monitoring for EVA

Posted: | September 23, 2023

Does Routine Monitoring for EVA Make a Difference? With the announcement this week of an outbreak of equine viral arteritis in PEI in Canada, a very reasonable question to ask is “does routine monitoring for EVA make a difference?” At the recent ISER meeting in Brazil, Kaps et al. reviewed the effects of monitoring and management practices on… Read More »

EVA Outbreak in Canada

Posted: | September 22, 2023

Canadian Equine Viral Arteritis! There has been an EVA outbreak in Canada reported in Prince Edward Island. Equine Viral Arteritis is predominantly a respiratory disease, which has reproductive implications. Symptoms vary dramatically from none (“asymptomatic”) to a wide variety which may present as any combination of the following: elevated temperature, depression, loss of appetite. Affected animals may also… Read More »

Badly Behaved Gelding

Posted: | August 13, 2023

The Badly Behaved Gelding – Hormonally Driven or Not? “That is a badly behaved gelding – he must be ‘proud cut’” or “I bet they left some testicular tissue in that badly behaved gelding” are two not infrequently-heard comments, or variations thereof, but how often is residual stallion-like or bad behaviour in a castrated stallion actually hormonally-driven? Omyla… Read More »

Short Courses

Posted: | November 2, 2022

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Bacterial Infection of a Stallion’s Reproductive Tract – Case Report

Posted: | June 15, 2022

Bacterial Infection of a Stallion’s Reproductive Tract – A case report of the bacterial infection of a stallion’s reproductive tract with images and outcome… A bacterial infection of a stallion’s reproductive tract is comparatively rare. When present, one of the first indicators is often the condition of the semen, or in the case of live cover where semen… Read More »

Centrifugation – Tips, Techniques and Calculations

Posted: | May 24, 2022

Centrifugation of Stallion Semen – Tips and tricks for centrifugation of stallion semen, with a G-rate (RCF) calculator. Why centrifuge semen? See this article! By Jos Mottershead Why Centrifuge Semen? There are a number of reasons why one would choose to centrifuge stallion semen other than the obvious reasons such as during preparation prior to freezing. One of… 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 »