The mission is mares

By Connie Orcutt • Published: November 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

A barnful of factors contribute to breeding success with horses, and the veterinary reproduction specialists at the University of Florida Large Animal Hospital are dedicated to optimizing them all.

A common concern is the problem mare, one with difficulty becoming pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. If her breeding behavior is normal, the Large Animal Hospital’s breeding soundness evaluation looks for other clues to the cause. Ultrasound and endoscopy — used to view the reproductive organs — can show cysts, tumors or inflammation. Endoscopy can also identify areas to biopsy for microscopic examination. Hospital staff may analyze uterine fluid samples for inflammation or infection, or may test for pregnancy-preventing chromosome glitches.

UF veterinarians offer a variety of treatments that may turn your problem mare into something else: a dam.