Tuesday, May 11, 2021

KER: Stallion Nutrition, Coenzyme Q10 Improves Semen Quality

Stallions need to be well-fed to perform their best in the breeding shed. Good forage and concentrates are important, but researchers are discovering specific supplements that have specific effects. Coenzyme Q10, for example, "is an important cofactor in energy supply for spermatozoa and is responsible, in part, for motility," according to an article on the website for Kentucky Equine Research.

Read about what Coenzyme Q10, and what it does, here.

Stallion Painting by Jerome Hesketh, 1647

National Trust, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, May 7, 2021

Absatz for Foundation Friday

Here is one of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s more popular Foundation Friday posts.  Every other Friday we will be featuring a foundation sire - one who has been influential in the development of warmblood breeds. We pull from the incredible archive of The Horse Magazinepublished by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!

Breeder: Wilhelm Brunkhorst

Despite only standing for four seasons, Caletto II may well be the most important son of the jumping super-sire Cor de la Bryère.... Considered the perfect Holsteiner type, Caletto II was a sensation right from the start...

He was described thus in the Stallion Book of the Holsteiner Warmblood Breed by Dr. Dietrich Rossow: “Significant stallion of Thoroughbred, performance type. Harmonious and deep-bodied. Smooth topline, slightly herring-gutted. Muscling not well let down through the haunches. Clean, correct legs and feet. Good walk and trot, absolutely marvelous canter. Very good jumper. Extraordinary form over fences, brilliant with knees. Good temperament.”

Rossow was equally enthusiastic about Caletto II as a sire: “Improvement sire! Offspring mainly of his type with Cor de la Bryère hindquarter. All are performance horses. Five approved sons, 91 approved daughters.”

To read the full article as it was published on The Horse Magazine website - along with full pedigree of Absatz, click here. The publisher and creator of this incredible resource, Christopher Hector, is the author of The Making of the Warmblood Horse.

Looking for classic Absatz bloodlines? There are several stallion descendants of Absatz in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:


Shine (Alesi)

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

theHorse: Orphan Foal Behavior

Someone posted a question to theHorse.com about raising an orphan foal, and what kinds of behaviors could result from hand-rearing - and how to avoid them. This article provides some answers.

"An equine behavior expert offers advice on raising and training an orphan foal to reduce future unwanted behaviors." —from "Orphan Foal Behavior" on theHorse.com

Read the article here.

Photo: Hanna V / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

theHorse: Failure of Passive Transfer

"Approximately 5-20% of newborn foals are diagnosed with failure of passive transfer and are at risk for developing serious medical conditions. Learn more in this visual guide..." published by theHorse.com

Foals need that first milk, the colostrum, to have passive transfer of immunity from the immunity of their mothers. When that doesn't happen, it's called failure of passive transfer and a foal with FPT is "at risk for developing serious medical conditions." According to this article, approximately 5-20% of newborn foals are diagnosed with FPT. 

This article is a quick guide to what it is, how to know if your foal has received enough antibodies, and how to prevent FPT.

Read the article here.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

theHorse: Predicting and Preparing for Foaling

There's a new article on theHorse.com of special interest to breeders expecting foals. One, just published this month, is a great overview of what to expect from your mare, and how you can tell when she is close to foaling.

This one has a cute photo of a spherically pregnant pony mare, and covers the topics

  • When will the foal arrive?
  • Physical changes to watch for
  • Changes in milk composition
  • Monitoring your mare

Read the article here.

Photo: Mijobe, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

theHorse: Dystocia in Mares: When Every Minute Counts

"What horse breeders need to know when dealing with a difficult foaling."

"Dystocia" means difficult birth, and this article published on theHorse.com takes you through the range of possibilities - and what to do if your mare has a problem during the birth process. 

Read the article on theHorse.com.

Creigpat, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, April 19, 2021

Breeder Webinars by American Hanoverian

The American Hanoverian Society is offering a series of webinars for breeders. The 3-part series is presented by Don Kapper, equine nutritionist.

Free to all
March 27, 11 AM ET
Feeding the Broodmare

Free to AHS members, $35 for nonmembers
April 24, 11AM ET
Feeding the Suckling, Weanling, and Yearling and Managing the orphaned/Rejected Foal

Free to AHS members, $35 for nonmembers
May 29, 11 AM ET
Performance Nutrition

Slides of the presentation will be available if you miss the webinar.

For more information, visit the AHS website here.