From conception to birth, Cambridge Equine Hospital are proud to offer a complete range of reproductive services for your mare, including the following:
We have a very experienced team of vets who are able to deal with all your equine reproductive needs. All routine reproductive procedures are able to be carried out on farm, provided you have adequate facilities. If you don't have a mare crush, you are able to bring your mare to the clinic. If it is easier to leave your mare with us for a few days around insemination and ovulation, we have plenty of spacious stabling to be able to accomodate this too.
- ultrasound examination of ovaries to help determine the optimum time to serve or inseminate the mare
- diagnosis and treatment of mares with a history of not getting in foal (including laparoscopic treatment of blocked oviducts)
- artificial insemination with both fresh and frozen semen
- pregnancy diagnosis,
- monitoring of high risk pregnant mares - scanning the placenta to monitor for any signs of placentitis
- attending difficult foalings
- neonatal care of foals
If you are considering breeding a mare, contact the clinic to discuss your requirements and how we may be able to help you. Check out the resources section for more detailed information on some aspects of equine reproduction
Rectal examination is an important and common veterinary procedure at breeding time. This procedure is not without risk and despite the utmost care, there are rare occasions when the tears to the
rectum can occur during this procedure. Rectal tears might occur:
In some cases, tears can have serious consequences.
- in mares with pre-existing rectal damage eg. previous rectal scars or weakness
- in mares with different rectal anatomy
- if the mare reacts vigorously to the procedure
Ultrasound examinations to detect the presence of twin/multiple pregnancies are common veterinary procedures at breeding. In certain cases, due to age of pregnancy or positioning within the uterus, it is not always possible to detect twin pregnancies. Repeat examinations are recommended to minimise the risk of not detecting twins.