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Swabbing of mares going to stud
There are two common types of swabs that may be required to be taken
before a mare goes to stud.
The second swab that may be required is an endometrial (uterine) swab. This is taken to detect whether a mare has evidence of a womb infection (endometritis). The swab has to be taken when the mare is in season and the results take about 3 days to come through, so again plan ahead if this swab is necessary. Endometritis is one of the most common reason for mares having difficulty getting in foal. This swab is unnecessary in maiden mares but is advisable in mares that have had a history of being difficult to get in foal, have aborted, or had difficulty in maintaining a pregnancy in previous years. Some studs require this as a routine in non-maiden mares.
The two swabs are often taken at the same time when the mare is in season.
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