does anyone have any info on this post foaling, and trying to breed on foal heat. thanks
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 - 12:17 pm:
Urovagina generally occurs as a result of a reproductive conformational defect that causes the urine to flow back into the vagina and thence the uterus via the cervix rather than outwards in the normal manner. It is more commonly seen in older and/or multi-parous mares.
Post foaling, if there is already a predisposition to it, there can be a greater tendency for occurrence because of the "sagging" effect of the unrecovered (non-involuted) uterus.
Reconstructive surgery is usually the best bet and will vary in degree of invasiveness depending upon the level of the condition. In some mares a simple Caslick's procedure will fix the problem, whereas in others it will make it worse as a greater depth of reconstruction is required.
Other than the possibility of the problem being worse post-foaling because of uterus position, there is really no other connection with foal heat breeding and all the other "regular" safeguards should apply, which are discussed in an article on this site available by clicking here.
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