Early pregnancy loss in brood mares.

G. L. Woods, C. B. Baker, J. L. Baldwin, B. A. Ball, J. Bilinski, W. L. Cooper, W. B. Ley, E. C. Mank, H. N. Erb

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During 1985, linear-array ultrasonography was used to study early pregnancy loss in commercial brood mares: 600/1115 (54%) of the cycles resulted in detected pregnancy at Week 2 after ovulation and 80 (13%) of these pregnancies resulted in early pregnancy loss. The pregnancy loss rate was significantly higher (P less than 0.05) for twin pregnancies (10/41) than for singleton pregnancies (70/559). The pregnancy loss rate was significantly higher (P less than 0.05) at 2-4 weeks (29/60) than at 6-8 weeks (12/60). The pregnancy rate was significantly less (P less than 0.05) for post-partum mares inseminated at the foal heat (157/302) than for those inseminated at a subsequent oestrus (203/334). Mares with a history of endometritis had a significantly higher (P less than 0.05) per cycle pregnancy loss rate (7/26) than did mares with a history of not having endometritis (64/498). When mares that had lost pregnancies were re-mated, 37/75 (49%) detectable pregnancies resulted and 7 (19%) of these pregnancies were again lost. The per cycle pregnancy rate was 56% (153/273), 55% (177/319), 60% (130/216), 51% (72/142), 45% (34/76) and 33% (12/36) for mares aged 2-5, 6-9, 10-13, 14-17, 18-21 and greater than 21 years, respectively. The corresponding per cycle pregnancy loss rates were 12%, 14%, 9%, 14%, 24% and 33%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-459
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of reproduction and fertility. Supplement
StatePublished - 1987

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  • General Medicine


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