Here is our situation. We have a super incredible 16 year old Show mare. She has torn her hind suspensory, and will no longer be able to be comfotably ridden. She started out her career as a broodmare, and had 3 live foals. Her last 3 attempts, led to aborting dead foals at 9 mo, 10 mo and 10 mo. We did not have the mare during this time, so we honestly do not know why this happened. Supposedly everything was tested each time, and no answer could ever be found. Her last attempt was 4 years ago. We have found out, that a couple of other mares at this same farm, had aborted also during this time frame, which really makes me question perhaps Rhino, but we will never know.
SO on to my question. We are going to do a full repro exam, to determine where she stands for getting in foal, and carrying to term. Aside from culture, cytology and Biopsy, is there anything else we should be doing? If things don't look good, we will be doing embryo transfers with her. She is worth the money it takes to get a foal out of her. Her 3 live foals she had are National winners. At her age, we are getting to the point of running out of time. The mare will be back in heat next week. My vet, who is awesome, is out of town right now, so I can't ask him all of these questions until then
Obviously as noted, a biopsy and culture are called for (no need for cytology, as the biopsy will give you the same information and more). A careful manual evaluation of the cervix when she is in diestrus is also called for (as cervical incompetence from damage during previous foalings could cause pregnancy loss). Careful monitoring for breeding-induced endometritis and uterine fluid, and use of the oxytocin protocol - even in the absence of obvious fluid - is also called for.
That's where I'd start!
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