- Health Library
- PetMD U
The course of treatment will ultimately depend on the cause of the abortion. For example, if the abortion was caused by infection, the veterinarian will prescribe medication to eliminate said infection. The gestational period in which the abortion occurred in the mare will also be a factor in the type of treatment the animal receives.
A healthy mare is critical to a successful pregnancy and a healthy foal. While you may not have much control over the proper development of the fetus, caring properly for an expecting mare is half the battle. Proper feeding with proper supplementation is always a good idea for a healthy mare and foal.
Mares that are normally less healthy than other horses should not be allowed to become pregnant; likewise with older mares. It may also be a smart idea to keep a pregnant horse away from other horses in the farm during the period of gestation.
You know your horse better than anyone. Pay close attention to their health, their attitude, and their comfort. If you feel any doubt about the quality of their health, seek the advice of your veterinarian as soon as possible.
It is also important to vaccinate against EHV-1, which can cause spontaneous abortion in mares.
The organ of mammals that comes while a female is pregnant; may also be referred to as afterbirth
The hollow bodily organ that holds the embryo and fetus and provides nourishment; only found in female animals.
Labor; giving birth
The term for a female horse over the age of four that has not been sterilized
The length of time that an animal is with child, varies from species to species
The period that an animal is pregnant in which the fetus develops from conception to birth