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Jennifer R. Povey
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Do stallions get ED? (NSFW)
Uh, yes. Stallions can get erectile dysfunction. However, unlike with humans, when a horse can't get it up it is as likely to be psychological as anything else. Sexual dysfunction in stallions is often caused by management issues such as breeding fatigue (e...

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How old a mare can have a foal?
Horses do not go through menopause and mares as old as 30 have safely given birth. However, there is a tendency for fertility to start to drop at the age of 15. Most vets do not recommend breeding a mare for the first time past this age, as older maiden mar...

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What is a red bag foal?
A "red bag" foal is when the placenta separates prematurely before or during foaling. It's rare, but can lead to the death of the foal. The mare will require assistance - the red bag will cover the foal's nose and possibly cause hypoxia. Red bag foals are o...

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Off To Farpoint
Leaving a bit later today - if anyone's there a day early, you'll probably be able to find me in the bar (where else) this evening. I'll be back some time on Monday.

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What is developmental orthopedic disease?
Basically - anything that causes problems in a growing horse's limbs or joints falls under this banner, including "growing pains" and some limb deformities. Most of these problems are caused when people feed young horses too much  - horses are meant to grow...

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Do horses have gigantism?
Clinical gigantism (acromegaly) is not really recorded in horses, although it occurs rarely in dogs and cats. Extremely large heavy horses may be "giants" in a sense, especially as they sometimes have bone and metabolic issues, but I know of no case of true...

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Citizen Science Alert
The Carnegie Institute just released a database of 61,000 doppler measurements of 1,600 nearby stars. And there's an app to let you take a look at them - and possibly find your very own exoplanet. If that sounds like fun go here to check it out.

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Are draft horses harder to breed?
Yes, as it happens. Draft stallions tend to produce more semen...but the same amount of sperm, meaning their sperm count is lower. Then that sperm has to get through a bigger uterus. Draft mares are also more prone to endometritis (uterine infection) and re...

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Aggressive AIs?
So, today's breaking news - neural net AIs become more aggressive and start fighting each other if resources are too slim. So, in other words, they act like, well, any other animal. And don't worry, if you tell them they have to cooperate to win the game th...
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