Hi, I am new to this board and was recommended by a friend.
I have a 13yo draft/QH dunalino mare who I am pasture breeding to my Friesian sport horse stud.
We really do not know a lot about her breeding background but we did have a culture done on her before breeding her that came back clean and the vet felt she was probably a maiden mare. First bred on 04/26, 04/27, 04/28 and she stood very well for him. Came back into heat and was bred again on 05/12, 05/13, 05/14 and again stood very well for him. Now again she came back into heat on 06/01, 06/02, and 06/03 which he bred her again. Now I know this is only the 3rd time but I want to figure out what may be causing this as soon as possible. The strange thing is that a few days before she comes into heat she has some type of oily dark discharge because the back of her legs get very yucky looking.
Has anyone ever experienced this type of discharge, since she is a pretty light colored horse it really shows up, and orginally we thought it was just dirt from all the mud we had but now she is in nice grass fields, no mud around. Any suggestions would be helpful.
I've never had any experiance with that discharge.
But I wouldn't suggest breeding every day, as that creates more fluid in the uterus, which can drastically reduce the chance of pregnancy. Maybe cover every three days? And I highly suggest the Oxytocin Protocal mentioned on this site, especially in the case of more than one covering/insemination.
She is normally only in heat for 3 days and up until a couple of weeks ago our stud was kept in with our whole herd however right now because of the additional nutritional needs of 2 of my mares as well as my stud, I have separated them into 2 groups and so he is now in with 3 mares. One in heat and was bred last week, the other mare will not be in for another week and the one he is breeding now. He has only bred one outside mare about 2 1/2 weeks ago who was cultured before she came over and was clean. Sorry to sound stupid but what would I be testing him for? He was born here and just turned 3yo 12 days ago. He bred one mare last year and she foaled on May 14, 2008 a beautiful filly, so I know he is fertile. Their pasture is right outside my home office window so I can see them all the time and know when he breeds. If she does not take this time, I will remove her on her 2nd day and then put her back on her 3rd and see how that goes. He is supposed to leave to be started under saddle in 3 weeks so I am really hoping she takes this time. He is an extremely laid back stud and does well with the mares who keep him in line.
The discharge has been happening since she started to cycle this year and also before she was cultured and that came out clean so itís really strange. But I guess I will have her cultured again if she does not take while he is away at the trainers. Is there anything else she can be tested for?
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