Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 05:08 pm:
I'm looking at buying a mare but she has a uterus tilt. She's been an excellent mother to 8 foals and is 14. I was told they just oxytocin her before breeding and after. What all am I looking at if I do buy this mare to insure she gets in foal and then stays in foal.What would be the best way to breed her? I've never delt with this before but this mare is wonderful.
Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 06:29 pm:
Typically this condition is brought about by a combination of age, reproductive use, and conformation. It is more commonly seen in the lighter breeds of horse such as Arabs and TB's where muscle mass is not available in the same degree as the more muscled breeds (e.g. QH or draughts) to assist in support of the internal reproductive tract.
The condition leads to delayed uterine clearance, pneumouterus/pneumovagina ("windsucking"), greater risk of bacterial endometritis, and urine pooling. As this mare has already had 8 foals, and it is a well-established condition, it is likely that it will worsen with subsequent foals, so if she is merely (?!!) windsucking and requiring oxytocin now, it is quite possible that she may start pooling urine at some point in the future, but this is not a certainty.
In addition to use of an oxytocin protocol, it is quite possible that a Caslick's procedure may be required or at the least beneficial, but also be aware that placement may also result in the creation of a urine pooling situation.
More extensive reconstructive surgery may be possible in the future if required, to reverse the effects of the conformational issues, with perineal resections etc.
If the mare is still producing foals, and has desirable traits, then it may be worth while getting her, and you may well get some more foals out of her, but do be cautioned that she is at the age that one will naturally start to see a decline in fertility, and an increase in fertility-related issues, and she is already in possession of some to start with! OTOH, you might go on for years successfully getting foals out of her. If you are looking at a significant investment, then a breeding soundness examination with a uterine biopsy included is probably a worthwhile pre-purchase investment in itself.
Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 10:10 pm:
Thanks Jos. She is a champion producer and is Straight Egyptian. She is swaybacked now with all those foals 1 after another and has never done anything but produce so she's just a heavy broodmare. But if I am able to get just 1 foal out of her, her price was worth it.
I was told that she had an extensive breeding soundness exam done by Peterson and Smith just recently as she didn't get in foal this year. The person selling her claims that the vets told her there is no reason she can not get in foal and stay in foal, so I'll ask to look at their records to be on the safe side.
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