Wednesday, February 24, 2021

theHorse: Mare Gestation Calculator

As breeding season approaches, here's a handy way to calculate your mare's foaling date from when she was bred: The Mare Gestation Calculator, from It's a simple tool but very useful.

"Are you wondering when your pregnant mare will foal? Use our Mare Gestation Calculator to find out! The average gestation length in the mare ranges from 320 to 362 days; most mares will foal within 330-345 days of successful breeding. However, mares have successfully foaled with gestation lengths outside this range."

Click here to use the calculator.

Photo: Oldenburg mare, Mijobe, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, February 22, 2021

Horse&Hound: Interview With Breeding Expert Tullis Matson

British magazine Horse and Hound has a new interview with Tullis Matson of Stallion AI Services in Shropshire, UK. Matson has handled some of the UK's top sport horse stallions - and also collected semen from wild elephants! He talks about those experiences, and also the new technology they're keeping up with. 

Read the article here.

Photo: Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

theHorse: Caslick's in Mares, Why and How

The Caslick's procedure "has become a mainstay of equine reproductive practice," and this article on explains why, and how it's done.

"Veterinarians perform this common surgical procedure on broodmares to help keep the reproductive tract clean." —from Caslick's in Mares on the

Read the article on here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

American Horse Publications Launches Fifth Equine Industry Survey, Sponsored by Zoetis

Help make sure the voices of breeders are heard - take the Equine Industry Survey! "The more information we collect, the better we make our world for horses."

JANUARY 18, 2021

American Horse Publications (AHP) launches its fifth Equine Industry Survey at Horse owners who live in the United States, are 18 years of age and older, and who currently own or manage at least one horse are invited to complete the survey by March 30, 2021.

Take the survey!

The survey, which is conducted every three years, will gauge participation trends and management practices in the U.S. equine industry, identify critical issues facing the equine industry as perceived by those who own or manage horses, and better understand issues pertaining to horse health.

The online survey is made possible by a sponsorship from Zoetis, the leading animal health company dedicated to improving equine wellness, every day. Zoetis has sponsored the survey since its inception in 2009.

“Zoetis is proud to continue our sponsorship of the AHP Equine Industry Survey,” said Jeannie Jeffery, vice president of the Zoetis U.S. equine business. “We hope that the survey will continue to help identify successes and opportunities for improvement in the equine industry that horse owners, veterinarians and professionals can unite to resolve.”

“AHP is grateful for its partnership with Zoetis to provide ongoing and vital data on the trends in horse care, management, and welfare of horses in the U.S.,” said Christine W. Brune, AHP executive director. “We appreciate the collaborated effort of AHP members and the industry in promoting this survey and will strive to maintain or exceed previous responses.”

The study is anonymous; this means that no one – not even members of the research team – will be able to associate information that is given with respondents. When the survey results are tallied, only aggregated results will be presented.

Horse owners and enthusiasts are invited to promote the survey by sharing this link with horse-owner groups and individual horse owners. The more information we collect, the better we make our world for horses.

The 2021 AHP Equine Industry Survey is being conducted by American Horse Publications (AHP). Dr. C. Jill Stowe is providing consulting services for data collection and analysis to the AHP. Dr. Stowe is currently an associate professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky. 

Take the survey!

American Horse Publications is dedicated to excellence in equine media through education and communication. AHP strives to be the primary source of education, resources and networking for the equine media community. We believe a proactive approach in an ever-evolving communications-driven world allows us the flexibility and opportunity to promote, support and reward excellence in equine media. For more information, please contact Chris Brune, American Horse Publications at or 386-760-7743 or visit the AHP website at

Anna Goebel, owner of Warmblood Stallions of North America, has been a proud member of American Horse Publications for over twenty-five years.

Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 65 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2019, the company generated annual revenue of $6.3 billion with approximately 10,600 employees. For more information, visit

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

theHorse: 8 Steps for Breeding Your Mare

A recent article on gives mare owners a systematic set of steps to take for breeding your mare to ensure the best outcome. As the article says:

"Sperm, meet ovum. If breeding horses were as simple as that, we wouldn’t have an entire branch of the veterinary profession devoted to equine reproduction."

Read the 8 steps here.

Photo is of a Lipizzan mare and foal. Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, February 8, 2021

theHorseMagazine: Global Perspective on Dressage Breeding

Chris Hector, author of the impressive reference book The Making of the Modern Warmblood,  has shared a talk he gave in 2010 in Warendorf, Germany. The title is "Breeding Dressage Horses: A Global Perspective," and it's really a history of dressage breeding - and a wonderful read. One of the comments was, "One of the great equestrian journalists writing on his passion," and that sums it up.

The dressage influencers are covered, both equine and human, and specific breeds like the Thoroughbred and Trakehner; as well as the role of the early auctions and the rise of specialist dressage training barns. Here is a list of the sub-heads:

Location, Location, Location [local breeding stations]
The Emergence of the Dressage Stallion
The Trakehner Influence
The Role of the Thoroughbred
The Dressage Specialist Trainer
Nature or Nuture?
The Stallion from Somewhere Else
Jumping Blood - a Plus or Minus for the Dressage Horse?
Scandanavia - the Emerging Dressage Power-House?
Local Goes Global [Paul Schockemöhle]
What Does It Mean for the Consumer?

Here are a few excerpts:

"What follows is the text, slightly updated, of my address to the Dressage Horse seminar at Warendorf in 2010. While the invitation was a great honour, it was also very intimidating to be asked to address such a distinguished gathering, especially on a topic that so many people present knew so much about. What I tried to offer was a slightly different perspective, the view from outside. ... the flow of ideas and horses throughout all the major European breeding areas."

"In the early days, 'The breeding station was also a focus of social life, a place for parties and celebrations, for old friends to meet for a quiet schnapps while their mares were served by one of ‘their’ stallions. ... mares still often arrived at the show in a crate towed by a tractor, and yes, sometimes the feet pushing the accelerator were encased in clogs. It turned the districts into a unique laboratory for stallion evaluation." Also covered is the rise of the young horse classes and their importance in breeding, which have "produced a fast-track to dressage success. Instead of having to train a horse for five or six years, all we need are a few months under saddle and we have the instant stars of the young horse classes. It is great for an expanding ‘dressage industry’; whether it is so great for the young horses is open to debate."

Click here to read the full article, well worth it.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

KER: Color Preferences Among Horses

I found this article about color vision in horses to be very interesting. It's not a breeding-specific topic, and it might be of interest to breeders among others. It looks at whether horses prefer one color over another, by giving a set of horses a choice in water bucket colors. 

The article is from Kentucky Equine Nutrition. It was a small study with half Thoroughbreds and half Haflingers.

One practical application is that, if you have a horse that doesn't always drink as well as it should, use a [spoiler alert] turquoise water bucket!

Photo: Guillaume Champeau, CC BY 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons