We had a 20+ year old mare come in for breeding. The vet said she looked good for breeding but did not culture her. I live covered her four times, she was in heat for eight days - which seems to be the normal length around here. She returned in heat eighteen days after her last cover so she was brought back to breed but acted a lot different and I was able to breed her but she tried to kick my stallion. So I had the owner take her into the vet the next day for an ultrasound and she was told the mare has a uterous filled with pus. I have bred five other mares since this mare was first covered and was wondering what risk I am running that this infection will be passed from mare to mare? I clean my stallion before each cover but am still very concerned since I only have the ability to live cover right now.
Keep an eye on the other mares, and give the stud a really through cleaning before you cover anything else. I know using soap will kill of the good bacteria as well as the bad but I think it might be a good Idea to soap him up.
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