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A Look Behind the Pedigrees

During the “Open Day” at Katharinenhof Stud, Samatha Brooks of the University of Florida gave a very interesting presentation on modern genetics. To understand the novel options breeders may have in the future, one has to look at the basics of genetics first: The genome of a horse – or any other organism – contains …

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Grundprinzipien des Trainings

Unter Training versteht man, die Leistung eines Körpers zu verbessern. Dies ist möglich, weil der Körper aus gewissen natürlichen Reparaturprozessen gestärkt hervorgeht. Wenn wir einen Organismus während einer Trainingseinheit leicht “beschädigen” (ohne daß wir die Schwelle erreichen, wo es zu irreparablen Schäden führt), kann dieser Körper die Schäden reparieren und wird (nach einer gewissen Erhohlungszeit) …

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Wildnis im Kleinformat – Der Paddock Trail

Explosiv, nervös und unausgeglichen – dieser schlechte Ruf haftet dem Araber seit langem an. Zu Unrecht! Denn viele Menschen tragen einfach seiner Intelligenz und seiner Lauffreude nicht Rechnung. Mit dem Paddock Trail wollen wir eine Haltungsform vorstellen, die diese Bedürfnisse berücksichtigt. Und das Beste ist: Jeder kann es nachmachen, und seien es auch nur einige …

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The Energy Supply during the Ride

Training the Endurance Horse (II) In this part about training the endurance horse, we have a look at the use of the two energy-production systems and how they are provided with fuel and oxygen. In the previous issue we have seen that two different chemical processes contribute to the energy supply of the body: 1) …

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LFS – Lavender Foal Syndrome

Lavender Foal Syndrome (LFS), also sometimes referred to as Coat Colour Dilution Lethal (CCDL), is an inherited disease specific to Arabian horses. It is caused by a genetic mutation, which is estimated to be present in about 10% of Egyptian Arabians, but has also been reported in other lines of Arabians. LFS-affected foals are unable …

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Nutritional Needs of the Endurance Horse

Due to domestication, stabling and riding, we have to feed our horse with an adapted ration of food, to compensate for his decreased grazing time and increased burning of energy. When the horse moves forward for several hours, the repeated muscle contractions require energy provided by the burning of fat. It needs obviously more than …

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The Eye of the Owner Feeds the Horse

Feeding the horse athlete is one of the headaches of many endurance rider. Some horses eat too much, others are fuzzy eaters… but all need some individual adaptation of the “standard food plan” to their individual metabolism and requirements by the demanded effort. That’s where “the eye of the owner feeds the horse”. Let’s have …

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The Origin of the Arabian Breed

There are several approaches to unearth the origin of the Arabian breed. One of them is through DNA analysis, another is by archaeological findings. Both seem to come to the same result: The Arabian breed originated in what we know today as Syria. Genetic Approach For his dissertation, Dr Khanshour of Texas A&M University analyzed …

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(R)evolution of Reproduction

Thanks to modern reproduction technology, we have today a wide range of possibilities of how to bring oocytes (eggcells) and sperms together. But is everything that is technically possible also sensible, desireable and ethically justifiable? The fertility of his breeding stock is an important factor for any breeder not only with regards to breeding as …

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Knowledge ensures Safety

The Arabian horse does no more or less than other breeds suffer from genetic defects, but each breed has some specific hereditary diseases, which breeders should know in order to make a responsible breeding plan. In the following article Alban Krösbacher explains the major hereditary diseases in Arabian horses, and those which are predominantely found …

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