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BOOKS ON EQUINE REPRODUCTION
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Reviewed books:


Equine Reproduction
Equine Reproduction, 2nd Edition (2 Vol Set)

Edited by Drs. McKinnon, Squires, Vaala and Varner; published by Wiley Blackwell, 2011

When McKinnon and Voss published their original 1100 page tome "Equine Reproduction" in 1993, it quickly became recognised as "the" current text book on the subject, and was used by most veterinary teaching Universities. The second edition of this book has grown dramatically to two volumes with 3056 pages and is not a disappointment! It is technical in its content, but will undoubtedly answer any question the average to advanced veterinarian or breeder has on equine reproduction.

Photographs and charts are numerous, with an additional CD that has photographs in colour. There is next to no stone left unturned, making this book a very valuable resource for the serious breeder! If you are that serious breeder, a veterinarian working in the equine reproductive field, or a veterinary student interested in equine reproduction, you need this book!

Hardcover/Kindle
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Current Therapy in Equine Reproduction
Current Therapy in Equine Reproduction

Drs. Juan Samper, Jonathan Pycock and Angus McKinnon, published by Saunders (Elsevier) 2007.

"Current Therapy in Equine Reproduction" is a comprehensive book of the latest techniques, protocols and treatments - many advanced - in use in equine reproduction. Offering much advanced theory as well as "how to" applications for equine reproduction management, this is not a book of basic information. If the reader is searching for essential but fundamental information, although there will certainly be areas of use, there are other resources better suited. If however the reader is searching for an excellent, well produced and well illustrated book on current techniques and advanced theories in equine reproduction, this book is a wealth of information!

Authored by three practicing veterinarians long recognized domestically and internationally as being renowned authorities in their fields, this trio has drawn together a further group of experts to write individual chapters. The interesting "spin" of this text book is the information presented is of a highly practical nature for use in the field as well as being academically informative and accurate. Names of individual chapter authors read like an "Equine Reproduction Who's Who", with a listing - quite literally - from A-Z of world renowned experts.

This is a "must-have" for any equine practitioner or advanced breeding manager wishing to expand their knowledge of current reproductive therapy and applications!

Hardcover/Kindle
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Equine Reproductive Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management (4th Edition)
Equine Reproductive Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management (4th Edition)

by M. C. G. Davies Morel

This complete review of previous editions has produced an up-to-date and most usable text book for the equine reproductive field. Well illustrated with many photographs and diagrams, this new edition includes a comprehensive section outlining the newer assisted reproductive technologies such as ICSI and cloning. With a variety of charts and tables, this book is a useful addition to the breeder's and general practice veterinarian's library.

Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle
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Self-Assessment Color Review of Equine Reproduction and Stud Medicine
Self-Assessment Color Review of Equine Reproduction and Stud Medicine

by Jonathan F. Pycock, Iowa State University Press; 1997

Written by one of Britain's leading experts in equine reproduction, this is a fascinating collection of problems and diagnoses. Illustrated with graphic photos, it is an interesting book that is of much technical value.

Paperback
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Equine Reproduction
Broodmare Reproduction for the Equine Practitioner (Equine Made Easy Series)

by Bill Ley, Teton New Media

This comprehensive text is extremely valuable for the practicing veterinarian and the technically literate lay breeder. Working in an easy to follow point format, it covers a wide variety of equine reproduction topics ranging from basic terminology to an overview of advanced assisted reproductive technologies.

Spiral Bound/Paperback/Kindle
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Equine Reproduction
Manual of Equine Reproduction, 3rd edition

by Steven P. Brinsko DVM, Terry L. Blanchard DVM MS Dipl ACT, Dickson D. Varner DVM MS Dipl ACT, James Schumacher DVM MS MRCVS Dip ACVS, Charles C. Love DVM, published by C.V. Mosby; 3rd edition; 2010

This is an excellent book, with clear and understandable explanations for both the veterinarian and lay person. There are many pictures and illustrations, and charts listing valuable information such as suitable intra-uterine drug therapies. A very valuable addition to the breeder's library!

Paperback/Kindle
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Reproductive Biology of the Mare: Basic and Applied Aspects
Reproductive Biology of the Mare: Basic and Applied Aspects

by O.J. Ginther

Published in 1992, this book although dated in some areas remains a valuable resource for more advanced mare reproductive information. Ginther is renowned for having performed much of the modern day research into mare reproductive function, with particular emphasis on hormonal issues and ultrasound. This book contains much useful information for the more advanced reproductive technician or veterinarian.

Hardcover
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Equine Breeding Management and Artificial Insemination
Equine Breeding Management and Artificial Insemination, 2nd edition

by Juan C. Samper (Editor), W B Saunders Co; 2008

Edited by one of Canada's leading experts in equine reproduction, this is an up-to-date look at various aspects of the title subject matter. A good book, but technical and not for the beginner.

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Equine Diagnostic Ultrasonography

by Norman W. Rantanen (Editor), A. O. McKinnon (Editor)

A highly comprehensive book on the subject of reproductive and other equine ultrasonography. Has excellent illustrations and images of normal and abnormal reproductive structures of both the mare and the stallion.

Hardcover
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Breeding Management and Foal Development
Breeding Management and Foal Development

by Don M. Wagoner (Editor), Richard L. Torbeck (Editor), Equine Research Inc.; 1982

This is an excellent reference book for the breeder, with detailed explanations of many of the more intricate aspects of breeding such as semen analysis. Some areas are however a little out of date, and I hope that maybe the book will be updated and re-released sometime soon. Even with this in mind, it can still be a useful resource to have on the library shelf, although others may be more reliable.

Hardcover
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Equine Genetics and Selection Procedures
Equine Genetics & Selection Procedures

by Equine Research Inc Research Staff (Editor), Don M. Wagoner (Editor), Lorraine W. Chalkley (Editor), Equine Research Inc.; 1978

Again, an older book, but very much one that should be included on the more technically-minded breeder's bookshelf. This book details the actual "why's and wherefore's" of the genetic process - what actually occurs to produce that certain colour or trait.

Hardcover
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Equine Color Genetics
"Equine Color Genetics, 3d edition

by D. Phillip Sponenberg, Iowa State University Press; 2009

Considered by many to be the definitive reference on colour genetics, if you are a breeder who "breeds for colour" (or if from the USA, for "color"!), then this is a book you absolutely cannot live without!

Hardcover
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Blessed Are The Broodmares
Blessed Are The Brood Mares

by M. Phyllis Lose, IDG Books Worldwide, 1991 (second edition)

Although this book is not up-to-date in some matters, it remains a good book for a breeder to have, and explains the mare and birthing process in detail, in a language understandable by the non-veterinarian. I would however caution that there are many descriptions of what can go wrong, and for the first-time foaler it can be a little daunting. Don't be concerned! Although these things can happen, most times they don't!

Hardcover
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Blessed Are The Foals
Blessed Are The Foals

by M. Phyllis Lose, IDG Books Worldwide, 1998 (second edition)

Written very much in the same vein as her other book "Blessed Are The Broodmares", this is a very understandable book that picks up where the previous book left off (i.e. after the birthing process). Again, new foal owners be warned, most of the problems detailed don't happen often!

Hardcover
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Non-reviewed books:


Equine Reproductive Procedures
Equine Reproductive Procedures

by John Dascanio (Editor), Patrick McCue (Editor); 2014

From the Back Cover:
Equine Reproductive Procedures is a user-friendly guide to reproductive management, diagnostic techniques, and therapeutic techniques on stallions, mares, and foals. Offering detailed descriptions of 161 procedures ranging from common to highly specialized, the book gives step-by-step instructions with interpretative information, as well as useful equipment lists and references for further reading. Presented in a highly portable spiral-bound format, Equine Reproductive Procedures is a practical resource for daily use in equine practice.

Divided into sections on the non-pregnant mare, the pregnant mare, the postpartum mare, the stallion, and the newborn foal, the book is well-illustrated throughout with clinical photographs demonstrating procedures. Equine Reproductive Procedures provides practical guidance for performing basic and advanced techniques associated with the medical management of horses.

Spiral Bound/Kindle
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Equine Embryo Transfer
Equine Embryo Transfer

by Patrick M. McCue (Author), Edward L. Squires (Author); 2015

Amazon Review:
This book briefly reviews the history of equine embryo transfer, covering in clinically practical terms the techniques, equipment, and management protocols currently in use. Embryo transfer has become a big business, especially for breeding racing stock (horses and camels), and is therefore a very important aspect of equine practice. Ed Squires and Pat McCue have been involved with the development of embryo collection and transfer procedures since the early 60s and have both contributed important techniques and innovations to the process through their research and clinical experience. This book captures the clinical experience, so far, and applies it directly to equine practice. The book is of great value to general equine practitioners for reference, equine reproduction specialists, animal science at the graduate level (equine track), and breeders.

Paperback/Kindle
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Understanding The Stallion
Understanding the Stallion (Understanding Series)

Dr. Ed. Squires, Eclipse Press; 1999

Dr. Squires was for years the supervisor of the Equine Reproduction Laboratory, and Associate Director of the Equine Sciences Program at Colorado State University, and is now director of advancement and industry relations and executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation. He is recognised as one of the current leaders in the field of equine reproduction. Being written by an author with these credentials behind him, I feel that this book has the potential to dispell many of the myths surrounding stallions and their management for breeding. I am looking forward to reading it myself.

Paperback
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The Stallion : A Breeding Guide for Owners and Handlers
The Stallion: A Breeding Guide for Owners and Handlers

by James P. McCall, IDG Books Worldwide; 1995

I have personally heard many good comments about this book, although I have not read it.

Hardcover/Paperback
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Complete Foaling Manual
Complete Foaling Manual

by Theresa Jones (Author), Steven Miller (Editor), Christine King (Editor), Equine Research Inc.; 1996

I have personally heard many good comments about this book, although I have not read it.

Hardcover
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The Complete Book of Foaling: An Illustrated Guide for the Foaling Attendant
The Complete Book of Foaling: An Illustrated Guide for the Foaling Attendant

by Karen E. N. Hayes; 1993

Another book well-recommended by many on the mare prior to foaling, the foaling process and dealing with the neonate.

Hardcover/Kindle
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Equine Artificial Insemination
Equine Artificial Insemination

by M. C. G. Davies Morel; 1999

SciTech Book News, Inc. writes: Davies Morel (Welsh Institute of Rural Studies, U. of Wales - Aberystwyth, UK) offers a detailed resource on the artificial insemination of horses, covering its historical development; relevant equine physiology including reproductive anatomy and control and production of spermatozoa; current practices including semen collection, evaluation, storage, and transportation and mare insemination; and future possibilities. Includes extensive resources of likely use to postgraduate level students in veterinary, equine, and animal science courses, as well as practicing veterinarians and technical stud managers. Numerous black and white photographs and diagrams give significant clarity to the procedures described in the text. Distributed by Oxford U. Press.
Copyright © 2000 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR All rights reserved

Hardcover
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Understanding Breeding Management
Understanding Breeding Management

by Christine M. Schweizer; 1999

Another book in the excellent "understanding" series produced by Eclipse Press - a division on the well known Blood Horse Magazine Publication Group.

Paperback
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Manual of Equine Neonatal Medicine
Manual of Equine Neonatal Medicine

by John E. Madigan; 1997

Written by one of the US's leading equine veterinarians, this book promises to be a useful addition to the horse breeders library.

Paperback
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Imprint Training of the Newborn Foal
Imprint Training of the Newborn Foal:
A Swift, Effective Method for Permanently Shaping a Horse's Lifetime Behavior

by Robert M. Miller DVM; 2003

A definitive and well-liked book about "bonding" with your mares newborn foal. How to create the human-oriented foal.

Paperback
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Current Therapy in Large Animal Theriogenology
Current Therapy in Large Animal Theriogenology; 2nd edition

by Robert S. Youngquist (Author), Walter Threlfall (Author); 2006

Amazon Review:
An essential resource for both students and practitioners, this comprehensive text provides practical, up-to-date information about normal reproduction and reproductive disorders in horses, cattle, small ruminants, swine, llamas, and other livestock. Featuring contributions from experts in the field, each section is devoted to a different large animal species and begins with a review of the clinically relevant aspects of the reproductive anatomy and physiology of both males and females. Key topics include the evaluation of breeding soundness, pregnancy diagnosis, diagnosis and treatment of infertility, abortion, obstetrics, surgery of the reproductive tract, care of neonates, and the latest reproductive technology.

Hardcover/Kindle
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Shipping Semen? How to Have a Successful Experience
Shipping Semen? How to Have a Successful Experience

by Pennie Ahmed, Winlock Pub Co; 1998

Successfully shipping equine semen is not a complicated task, but often it seems that the process is shrouded in a cloak of mystery. This book is reputed to remove that cloak, and assist everyone in achieving successful conception rates!

Paperback
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Allen's Fertility and Obstetrics in the Horse
Fertility and Obstetrics in the Horse; 3rd edition

by Gary C. W. England DVM; 2005

From the Back Cover:
Following on from the successful format of the previous editions, Fertility and Obstetrics in the Horse 3rd edition is a practical and user-friendly guide to equine reproduction. From explaining the anatomy of the mare's reproductive tract to detailing problems encountered during pregnancy, it covers all the major areas of concern as well as including the latest developments in diagnostic procedures and treatment techniques.

Paperback
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Understanding Horse Behavior
Understanding Your Horse's Behavior

by Sue McDonnell Ph.D.; 2005

Although I have not read this book, and although it is not specifically oriented towards reproduction, I am personally familiar with Dr. McDonnell and her work with her semi-feral pony herds at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton facility, and as much of that work has concerned reproductive behaviour, I am sure that this book will deal with it.

Paperback
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Horse Color

by D. Phillip Sponenberg, Bonnie V. Beaver; 1998

Another book on the fascinating subject of the genetics behind a horses coat colour.

Hardcover
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Veterinary Guide to Horse Breeding
Veterinary Guide to Horse Breeding

by Kjersten Darling D.V.M., James M. Giffin

This title holds promise, but we have not yet had the opportunity to review it.

Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle
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Videos and DVDs:

I have not reviewed any of these videos - but as the saying goes "a picture is worth a thousand words", so I suspect that priced as they are they would be a useful addition to the breeders video library.

Equine Reproduction [DVD]
Amazon Review: Understand the factors involved with conception and foaling, including selection of breeding stock, equine reproductive systems, sperm quality, estrus, pregnancy determination, gestational care and foaling. Live-action footage of a foaling and explanations of natural breeding and artificial insemination also are included in the exceptional program. Collaborator: Charlie Apter, Ph.D., Texas A&M University.
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Equine Reproduction: Foaling [DVD]
Amazon Review: After watching the program, you will be able to recognize the signs of a mare beginning labor, to tell if delivery is progressing normally, and to know when either to help with the delivery or to call the veterinarian. You will also gain a better understanding of foaling problems such as maternal and fetal dystocia. Delivery and care of the foal are shown in vivid detail.
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Foaling Fundamentals - A DVD Video Handbook for Healthy Foaling [DVD]
Discusses and demonstrates a variety of pre-foaling mare care and foaling matters.
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Equine Science & Management [DVD]
Amazon Review: Experience the most comprehensive equine presentation to date! • Careers • Breeds • Management • Feeds & Feeding • Genetics & Reproduction • Evaluation • Renown equine experts, such as John Pipkin, Ph.D., West Texas A&M University Sure fit for any horse enthusiast!
Run Time: 270 minutes.
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Halter Breaking the Foal [VHS Video]
One of the "Equine Educational Series" videos.
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Live Cover Breeding [VHS Video]
One of the "Equine Educational Series" videos.
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