Moody Mares – The Vet’s Perspective

Moody Mares – The Vet’s Perspective

Introduction

Throughout spring and summer we frequently take phone calls from owners who find that their mare’s behaviour has changed. The mare may suddenly become difficult to handle. Ridden work, especially at competitions. may be impossible! These behavioural changes may be associated with the mare’s oestrus cycle, or ‘seasons’. This article describes how we diagnose these problems and outlines the latest treatments available. Read more

Equine Embryo Transfer

Introduction

Embryo transfer is an advanced reproductive technique that is now well established in the UK. It involves the removal of a 6-8 day old embryo from the uterus of a donor mare and its non-surgical transfer into the uterus of a recipient mare.

Embryo transfer was first described in horses in 1972 and has been performed commercially since the 1980s. It has been popular in countries such as Argentina, Bra1il. USA and Australia for many years, largely because both the costs of recipient mares and land are relatively cheap. Read more