The Proud-Cut Gelding

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A horse-breeding mystery: Find out if your gelding might actually be a cryptorchid stallion.

You acquired him last winter to be a pasture companion for your mare. He was a 5-year-old horse that supposedly had been gelded as a yearling. The two horses got along well all winter, but when the mare came into season in the spring, the new horse began exhibiting behaviors much more like a stallion than a gelding.

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Spotting Success at Gerardot Performance Horses

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GeradotHorse dreams never die. They linger until they are fulfilled and more often than not, they become a family affair. For Judy Gerardot and daughter Jennie Shrout, each claims the other brought them into the horse business—a business that has become a huge success.  “We got started in this when Jennie got into horses in the eighth grade,” says Judy. Jennie is quick to clarify, “Actually, it was my mom’s dream.

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Celeste Huston – Fulfilling a Horsewoman’s Destiny

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Horses were born into Celeste Huston’s blood. “Horses have always been what makes me tick,” says the 74 year old horsewoman.  She has acquired a lifetime of horse experience worthy of envy. From early days with a family pony, decades of top Arabian horses, to becoming a renowned expert on Gypsy Horses, Huston has a wealth of knowledge to share with prospective owners and breeders. “I’ve been in horses for over fifty eight years. I’m at the age where I do things my way,” she says. And, who can argue looking at the impressive stable of horses at her Cielo Celeste Farm in Santa Ynez, California. There, Huston breeds Gypsy and Gypsy Crosses, Quarter Horses, and now the extremely rare, Black Forest Horse.

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Horse Vices: Cribbing

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Cribbing has multiple causes, but management practices can help keep your horse from developing this bad habit.

A recently published analysis of nearly 20 years of research on cribbing will provide horse owners with valuable information about the behavior and ideas for management practices that could reduce the frequency of this undesirable equine habit.

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A Horse-Breeding Problem

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Some mares have trouble getting in foal and staying in foal. Dr. Patrick McCue sheds light on the situation with some options to help your problem mares.

Everyone involved in the equine breeding industry would prefer to have every mare become pregnant and stay pregnant, but that isn’t realistic. It has been estimated that end-of-season pregnancy rates on well-managed farms should approach and may exceed 90 percent. The rate of pregnancy loss is usually 5-10 percent.

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