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Vaginal bleeding during live cover....

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Sara Johnson
Neonate
Username: Saddleup

Post Number: 1
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My 4 1/2 yr old TWH mare (assumed to be maiden, no previous foals that I know of and she doesn't appear to have ever had any) bleeds after being bred. As soon as the Stud withdraws from her, she is bleeding. This has happened the during each of her last 3 heat cycles (that she was bred). She shows no signs of discomfort at all and willingly stands in an open field, unrestrained, for breeding. She is 15.3 hands and the stud is 15.1 hands, so he is not too big for her. Any ideas??
 

Regena B-It's a BOY
Weanling
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Post Number: 30
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Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 11:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is relatively normal for a maiden mare to bleed after the hymen has been ruptured (my broodmare did), but I do not think it is normal for that to be occuring with repeated heat cycles...

http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=9075

I would have my vet check the mare out to make sure that there is no internal damage from the breeding(s)
 

Sara Johnson
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Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Regena. The hymen was my first thought after she bleed after the first cover. Then after the second and third, and she still bled I was concerned. My vet can not find anything wrong (damaged) to cause the bleeding. He is not really a "reproduction vet" but I would think anything seriously wrong he would be able to detect. Maybe I should take her to another, more experienced in reproduction, vet.
 

Sara Johnson
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Username: Saddleup

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Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 11:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I might mention also, that the mare does not continue to bleed. It's like the blood is visible immediately after withdrawl, which of course is on the stallion as well as around the back end of the mare. There's no dripping of blood or anything like that.
 

Jos
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Post Number: 2398
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 12:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A vaginal speculum or endoscopic evaluation is warranted, as vaginal damage during breeding can lead to abscess or more serious problems depending upon the cause.

As you are noting it as the stallion dismounts, and you say your vet finds nothing (did he use a speculum?) it could also be possible that the blood is originating from the stallion - i.e. he is haemospermic. Has the stallion been collected and evaluated?

Either way, AI might be a better option if the mare is being damaged during live cover, or to determine if there is already blood from the stallion in the semen (which can render it infertile).
 

Sara Johnson
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Username: Saddleup

Post Number: 4
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 12:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Jos, I'm sure the blood is originating form the mare. The stud has also breed other mares without incident and they are in foal. I think I will have the mare evaluated by a vet more knowledgeable about reproduction. Thanks for your advice.



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