Mar 21, 2011
Spring is in the air, and a busy time for equine breeding farms. Spring is usually the time of year that most mares foal. It is also the time that most breeding takes place.
Endometritis is an invisible disease that affects approximately 15% of all mares. The endometrium is the delicate lining of the uterus. If it becomes infected or inflamed, it creates a hostile environment for sperm or any resulting embryo. All semen contains bacteria and inflammatory substances.
This disease may be detected by uterine culture and cytology, and by ultrasound in very severe cases. Some mares experience post breeding endometritis every time they are bred.
Detection and treatment are essential for optimal breeding productivity. The veterinarians of Conley and Koontz Equine Hospital can diagnose and treat these conditions, allowing your mare to conceive healthy foals year after year.