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Stallion Health: Dual-Hemisphere Breeding

Stallions work hard to fulfill their breeding duties each year, with some popular Thoroughbreds covering almost 200 mares in a single season. When those stallions become so-called “shuttle stallions,” does their success rate remain constant, or are they overworked?

KER Research

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What Are the Effects of Carbohydrate Intake on Heart Rate Variability in Horses?

Heart rate variability (HRV) records the fluctuations between successive heartbeats, thereby measuring the function of the autonomic nervous system. HRV has been successfully used to study stress and behavior in many species. This study examined the effects of NSC levels on equine stress and behavior using HRV indices.

Health

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Mare, Foal Nutrition Impacts Lifelong Health

Problems associated with excess body condition are well known among horsemen and include insulin resistance, laminitis, osteoarthritis, and exercise intolerance. Recent research also shows that the health of offspring of overweight mares may also be compromised.

General Interest

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Microbiota of the Neonatal Foal

The microbiota plays a major role in the proper function of the immune system and will serve to protect a foal from harmful pathogens as it matures. Most discussion surrounding the equine microbiota involves mature horses, and a closer look at a foal’s hindgut inhabitants provides interesting insight.