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Ray of Light – Achieving a good cycle for timely breeding through exposure to light

Thoroughbred mare owners face many breed-specific challenges in the journey from making the decision to breed to seeing the foal stand and nurse. Industry politics aside, there are more difficulties for broodmare owners hoping to see their progeny on the track than ever before, and these challenges are unique to the Thoroughbred race industry. Ultimately the success of any breeding is determined by several factors, perhaps most importantly the skill and communication of the broodmare owner, breeding manager and veterinarian, explains Liam O'Rourke, who is a graduate of the Irish National Stud's Thoroughbred Breeding Course and is now the Sales Manager at Adena Springs North. “Determining the mare to be at her optimal time is a function of horsemanship, veterinary expertise and diagnostic tools,” he explained. “All of these methods are underscored by recording the results and information. The goal is to have the mare covered by the stallion once…

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