There are many causes of mare and stallion infertility/sub-fertility and accurate diagnosis is the first step towards successful treatment or management. For mares, causes may include factors such as age, whether or not she has foaled previously, infection or reproductive system disorders. Similarly, stallion infertility/sub-fertility may be due to age, the result of infection or congenital or developmental abnormalities. A variety of diagnostic techniques can be used to investigate such cases.
Ultrasonography, video hysteroscopy (examination of the lining of the uterus using a hysteroscope) and uterine biopsy are commonly used to investigate mare infertility. Endometrial swab and smear samples can be sent to our laboratory for analysis.
For stallions with poor rates of fertility, assessment and management of such cases can be carried out by physical examination of the genital organs, ultrasound examination of the reproductive tract, and semen collection and analysis.
Laparoscopy can be used successfully to diagnose and treat some cases of infertility in both mare and stallions.
Contact Sidney Ricketts, Andrew McGladdery or Fred Barrelet for more information about our infertility investigation service.