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Category: Reproductive problems

The decision to breed from your mare should not be taken lightly. There are many costs involved and care of the pregnant mare and the impending foal is quite specialised. Nevertheless, breeding can provide a unique challenge and when successful is very worthwhile.

If you are considering breeding from your mare you must first ensure that she is fit to breed. She should be examined by your vet to ensure her reproductive tract is normal, that she is free from disease, and that she is in good general health. All being well, you can choose a stallion and the breeding process can begin.

Most people have pre-conceived ideas about how delicate and fragile a pregnant mare can be. In a natural setting, the mare copes well considering how poor her reproductive performance is when compared with other domestic animals. Good brood mare management is essential for a successful pregnancy, but being over-protective is not necessary.

Rotavirus

Horses can suffer from a number of viral diseases, infection with Rotavirus is just one of many. If you are considering breeding your horse you should be aware of this disease and how it can affect breeding status as well

Preparing your mare for breeding

There are many factors to consider before you breed from your mare. It is important to consider the costs, time and expertise required to breed a mare and look after a foal. Where do I start if I want to

Pregnancy in the mare – health and well-being

As with human pregnancy, the first few days are the most critical. During the first month, there is a 10-15% chance that the embryo will be resorbed. Early embryonic loss can be caused by the following problems: stress illness uterine

Neonatal problems

When your mare is having a foal it can be a very stressful time for you and the mare. It is important that you know what to expect so that you can pick up any problems early on. Foals can

Fostering

Sometimes, unfortunately, a foal needs to be fostered on to another mare; this can be a difficult time for all concerned. The main reasons why this might be necessary are; the mare is very ill or dies shortly after giving

Foaling – what you need to know

Breeding from your mare is both an exciting and anxious time. It is important that you are able to recognise the start of foaling (labour) and its different stages. You can then enjoy the experience, reassured that you know what

Failure of passive transfer

When your mare is having a foal it can be a very stressful time for you and the mare. It is important that you know what to expect so that you can pick up any problems early on. Foals can

Dourine

Dourine, also known as covering sickness or genital glanders, is a serious condition that can result in mortality; the mortality rate is thought to be over 50%. No vaccine is available, therefore prevention is extremely important. What is dourine? Dourine

Contagious equine metritis (CEM)

In the UK, isolation of the Contagious Equine Metritis Organism is notifiable by law. This is a statutory requirement under the Infectious Diseases of Horses Order 1987, and any positive samples must be reported by the testing laboratory to a

Castration

Castration is one of the most commonly performed equine surgical procedures. Most operations go well and wounds heal uneventfully, with your horse returning to work within a month of the operation. There are various options to consider before your horse