Placentitis in the Mare - Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

April 01, 2014

Posted by Dr. Karen Wolfsdorf in Mare Management

Placentitis, an inflammation of the placenta usually caused by an infectious agent, has emerged as a leading cause of reproductive loss in the equine breeding industry. This has a large economic and emotional impact when the pregnancy progresses until close to term but unfortunately ends in abortion or the birth of a small ill-thrifty foal. The placenta is composed of the amnion, which surrounds the fetus, and the chorio-allantois that attaches to the endometrium of the mare. These structures protect the fetus and provide gas and nutrient exchange allowing the foal to grow. When placentitis occurs it usually affects the chorioallantois compromising the foal because there is a loss of attachment of the placenta to the endometrium or the presence of infection and inflammation.

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Collecting a Fractionated Stallion Ejaculate

July 06, 2016

Posted by SBS in Stallion Management

Collecting a Fractionated Stallion Ejaculate_Figure 3There are many reasons and techniques for collecting a fractionated ejaculate from a stallion. In this article we will discuss some reasons why and demonstrate the technique we have used in our laboratory to manage a stallion with excessive gel fraction that contaminates ejaculates collected using standard in-line filter equipment.

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Video Series For Mare Owners

January 15, 2020

Posted by SBS in Frozen Semen

In our January 2020 E-newsletter, we introduced the first of a four part series of videos about "Frozen Semen for Mare Owners".  Part 4 of this series covers the topic of "What is Flow Cytometry?" (click video to left or link below to watch).  In this video, Paul Loomis explains the process of flow cytometry and what the data tells us about the sample.  Links for all four videos and the six additional "quick tip" videos are listed below. 

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SBS Foal Photo Contest

March 12, 2020

Posted by SBS in General Interest

^Foal 2019_Our Promise_The Proposal x Tsarin 200x The SBS Foal Photo Contest has some exciting changes taking place beginning in 2020! As of this year the following foal photos are eligible for entry.

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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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