Management of Twins in the Mare

April 14, 2021

Posted by Karen Wolfsdorf, DVM Dipl ACT in Mare Management

Ultrasound Twins with Border_Newkirk Dec 2020 The establishment and loss of twins, often results in a mare that is barren for a year and the associated economic loss.  The incidence of twin births has been documented as occurring in 1-2% of the equine population with twinning accounting for 6-30% of abortions in the mare. When twins are present, gestation proceeds normally until the conceptuses begin to compete for uterine space or placenta.  With or without mummification, death of one fetus leads to abortion, usually between 5 and 9 months of gestation. Lactation commonly occurs after one foal dies and causes premature mammary gland development.  Surviving foals are usually weaker, more susceptible to infection, and slower to develop than singletons. Fortunately, with the use of ultrasound and an increased understanding of the mechanisms involved in twinning, better approaches to twin reduction have been developed.

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A brief overview of the equine oviduct: its unique features, signs of pathology and current treatments

November 15, 2019

Posted by Dr. Maria Schnobrich in Mare Management

Oviduct_Schnobrich When considering common causes of infertility in the mare, the oviduct is one of the last places an equine reproductive specialist looks. Uterine infections, poor conformation and stallion subfertility are much more likely causes for a mare’s failure to produce a pregnancy. That being said, there are rare cases where oviduct pathology is suspected, and in the past few years there have been advances for oviductal treatment that are cost effective, safe and have restored fertility in some patients. This summary will highlight some unique features of the mare oviduct, discuss when to suspect oviductal pathology or dysfunction, and review some of the current treatments available.

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SBS Foal Photo Contest

March 12, 2020

Posted by SBS in General Interest

2020 Foal_Radnor HTF_Rubinero x Allegra Q 200x The 2021 SBS Foal Photo Contest has some exciting changes taking place this year! We have widely expanded the field of what foals are eligible and increased the prize to a $100.00 Amazon gift card.  As of this year the following foal photos are eligible for entry.

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Quarter Horse Semen Available in EU and Australia

February 16, 2012

Posted by SBS in Frozen Semen

6666 Ranch_Mare and Foal View a list of Quarter Horse, Paint Horse and Appaloosa frozen semen currently in storage and ready for distribution at our European and Australian SBS Affiliate Laboratories. This semen was frozen using SBS protocols and conforms to our strict quality control standards.

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