Preparing for Foaling Season

January 30, 2016

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

6666 Ranch_Mare and Foal It comes around the same time every year…Foaling Season! Nearly one year ago you bred your mare. Ever since the 14-day pregnancy check you have anxiously awaited the arrival of your new foal. Our library of news and blog articles can be a great resource for the new or experienced breeder, whether you have one mare or stallion, or manage the operations of a larger breeding farm. Here we will review our articles which encompass pregnant and foaling mares as well as foaling and foal care. We cover the topics of breeding mares and stallions as well as their nutritional considerations in Are Your Ready for Breeding Season.

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Rocker b Ranch

January 30, 2016

Posted by SBS in Focus On Our Breeders

Rocker b Ranch_Cowboys Rocker b Ranch in Barnhart, TX has been breeding horses since it was founded in 1871. The 173,000 acre ranch was originally named the Bar S Ranch but after Senator William Blakley purchased it in 1954 he changed the name to Rocker b Ranch. Then in 1964 he deeded the ranch to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. In the beginning, horses bred by the Rocker b Ranch had more of a Thoroughbred influence. That is until 1957 when the focus changed to raising quality American Quarter Horses and has remained as such ever since.

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Managing and Feeding the Orphaned or Rejected Foal

January 08, 2016

Posted by Don Kapper in Nutrition

Managing and Feeding the Orphaned Foal - Shep Laying Down Each foaling season, a number of foals are orphaned, rejected, or the mares have no milk (agilactic). Don Kapper, formerly of Progressive Nutrition, has provided the following article with suggestions on how they recommend dealing with such situations. According to Mr. Kapper and Progressive Nutrition, the following is a highly successful program for raising these foals that has been implemented at several universities, veterinary neonatal hospitals and on many horse farms. Their research has shown that foals raised on this program will grow and mature the same as non-orphans and will attain their normal size.

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The History of the Frozen Semen Two-Dose Timed Insemination Protocol

January 07, 2016

Posted by SBS in Mare Management

The History of the Timed Insemination Protocol - Ultrasound The use of the two-dose timed insemination protocol allows veterinarians the flexibility to examine mares once daily during normal hours without compromising fertility but while reducing management costs for the mare owner. This is the main reason why this protocol was developed by Dr. Sandro Barbacini of SBS Italia. Prior to developing this protocol most veterinarians would ultrasound mares every three to four hours in order to inseminate them with frozen semen as close to ovulation as possible. However, such a protocol is not only exhausting for the veterinarian but can also be a financial burden for the mare owner. In this article we will review the history of the two-dose timed insemination protocol, why it was developed, and discuss how it’s use can help with your breeding program.

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Rachel Weese

January 07, 2016

Posted by SBS in Affiliate News

Rachel Weese - Hunting Trip Rachel Weese has been working alongside Dr. Jerry Longworth since 2004. Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ she can’t think of a time when she didn’t love horses. When she was nine years old her brother, who has autism, began riding horses as a form of therapy. Rachel began volunteering with the program which was the first time she was able to actually be around the animals she loved so much. Her love for horses continued and she began competing in barrel racing, poles, goat tying, team penning and started roping anything that walked.

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Kerry Bradac

January 07, 2016

Posted by SBS in Focus On Our Breeders

Kerry Bradac - Open For Suggestion with Kerry In 1995, Kerry Bradac was married and living in Marmarth, North Dakota. She was showing horses but because she lived in such a rural area she thought the idea of raising a few show prospects each year would be a lot of fun. There were three foals in her first foal crop. Of those first three foals one was a Congress Champion, the second was a Congress Finalist and the third was a Futurity Champion. Thus, what began as a hobby to keep her busy in her spare time has become a life’s passion.

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Please Note - photos used in these news articles are available in the public domain, have been purchased through istockphoto or (when referencing breeders or horses) have been submitted to Select Breeders Services Inc. by the breeding farm or horse owner. Photo credit has been provided where applicable. If at anytime you see something that needs to be addressed please feel free to contact us directly.

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