Feeding to Avoid Angular and Flexural Limb Deformities in Foals

August 03, 2014

Posted by Dr. Clair Thunes in Nutrition

Nutrition_Feeding To Avoid Deformities - Foal photo After months of anticipation finally your foal arrives. You carefully selected a sire that would complement your mare with the goal of producing a foal with the perfect conformation to succeed in the discipline of your choice. However, as the foal stands to take its first wobbly steps you realize something is less than perfect. The fetlocks are buckled over in front so that the foal gives the appearance of standing on tiptoes and being very over at the knee. You realize the foal has contracted tendons, a form of flexural deformity.

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August 02, 2014

Posted by SBS in Focus On Our Breeders

Watchman_Terry and Foal Terry Waechter founded WATCHMAN PRE Horses, Inc. in 2007. “WATCHMAN” is the English translation of her German name, Waechter. Terry (photo left) felt this translation was appropriate because it embodies the idea of guardianship. The Pure Spanish Horse (aka Spanish Andalusian or PRE) was formerly established as a breed in the sixteenth century and originated in Spain. WATCHMAN PRE Horses, Inc. has taken the guardianship of this special breed seriously as they focus on preserving the breed as it was all those centuries ago.

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Dr. Gianmaria Postinger

August 02, 2014

Posted by SBS in Affiliate News

Gianmaria - portrait Since childhood Gianmaria’s dream was to work with animals as a veterinarian especially with large animals such as cattle, sheep and horses. At the age of seven, he received a small Shetland pony which stood only 95 cm tall. From that point forward horses became his main focus. He was indulged by his parents over the years through the breeding of Haflinger horses.

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Colt Born 14 Years After Stallion's Death

August 02, 2014

Posted by SBS in Frozen Semen

Foal_2014_Colt_Abdullah What happens when you breed a 22 year old maiden mare with frozen semen processed in 1989? It is no secret the first commercial client stallion whose semen was frozen by SBS was the 1984 Olympic medalist, Abdullah (Donauwind x Abiza). He was a beautiful grey Trakehner stallion owned by Terry and Sue Williams of New York. He passed away in January 2000 at the age of 29 years old. Recently, Sue contacted Paul Loomis to tell him a story about an Abdullah colt (photo left) born this year…fourteen years after the stallions death. Yet, that wasn’t the only interesting part of the story she had to tell.

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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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