Okay. I bought a mare last year in June who was in foal. We didn't know when she was bred or any of the specifics, we just knew she was in foal. After being checked by a veterinarian we set up approximate dates for vaccinations and literally were playing it by ear. That was until she aborted.
The fetus was pale, at least to my eyes. I don't know exactly what color fetuses should be but it was a very light, very pale color. There appeared to be no blood in the umbilical cord and in the front half of the sack, the back half of the sack was dark red and full of blood but it almost seemed like there was a line drawn all the way around and the front half was pale like the fetus and the back half was dark deep red like it should be.
Now the mare checked out fine. There were no infections or anything. And life went on.
Now over a year later my mind is thinking. I'd like to breed her and get a foal, hopefully a filly. But I'm worried about loosing another foal. Picture if you will a mares vulva. On this mare, the top part of the opening tips off to the left. It does not go straight up and down. Now, I talked to the previous owner who said that it was a tear which I believed for a while. But thinking about it now I'm wondering if that's true. According to her as well, it hasn't passed onto the filly she had a few years ago.
How much can you learn of the anatomy of a mare through palpitation? What could've caused her abortion? What do I have to do in this situation to make sure that a foal is actually carried?
I have considered the option of Embryo transfer...I would just like to know.
The ideal scenario would have been to have a necropsy performed by your vet on the aborted foetus to narrow down or identify the possible causes of the loss. Before you breed her next would suggest a pre-breeding exam to ensure she has a healthy uterine environment to sustain a pregnancy
Not sure this is the right board/topic for this but perhaps some of you may have some helpful information. Just found this site and it looks wonderful. So our mare got pregnant very easily twice in the last few months. Was pregnant by ultrasound at 2 weeks but each time after another few weeks has lost the pregnancy. Is there anything any of you can tell me that you have done for your mares that might help where keeping the pregnancy is concerned? Thanks for any and all of your help.
Obviously, the first step is to determine what the cause of the pregnancy loss is.
The leading cause of early pregnancy loss in the equine is endometritis, which is inflammation of the endometrium - the lining of the uterus. This can be caused by a variety of issues, the most common being a pathogen present in the uterus prior to breeding ("infectious endometritis"), or inflammation brought about by the breeding itself that the mare is unable to bring under control (this latter is called "breeding induced endometritis" or "BIE"). There is an article on this site about "Dirty Mares" that should help on the former, and the latter is often managed by the use of an intensive oxytocin protocol - about which you can learn by following that link.
There are a variety of other possibilities as well, so your starting point is going to be a good breeding soundness examination performed by a veterinarian well-versed in equine reproduction - preferably a theriogenologist. Note that not all veterinarians have experience in equine reproduction, so simply because they are a vet. doesn't mean that they will be successful - especially with problem mares!
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