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Managing your Broodmare Part 2: The 'Problem' Broodmare

January 2013 by Craig Simon BVSc (hons) GPCert (EqP) MACVSc (Eq.Surg) CMAVA



In the last issue we discussed the mare’s oestrous cycle and highlighted issues to consider when preparing your broodmare for the coming breeding season. This month’s article describes the most common cause of infertility – mating induced endometritis.

Endometritis is inflammation within the lining of the uterus, and mating, whether it is natural or artificial, is a large contributor to this condition. It is normal to have a certain degree of endometritis present after mating, but excessive or prolonged inflammation can result in a ‘problem’ mare.