Elective Termination of Pregnancy

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Elective termination of pregnancy may be necessary in the event of an accidental or undesired breeding or if the health status of a mare is compromised by pregnancy. Examples may include impending rupture of a pre-pubic tendon, a twin pregnancy, a hydrops condition, or a musculoskeletal issue such as advanced laminitis. Pregnancy may be terminated by pharmacological or manual techniques. This chapter discusses step by step procedure for terminating pregnancy at three different stages: prior to Day 35; between days 35 and 120 and mid to late gestation pregnancy. It also discusses some other methods to terminate equine pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEquine Reproductive Procedures
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781118904398
ISBN (Print)9780470960394
StatePublished - Aug 25 2014


  • Elective termination
  • Mare
  • Pregnancy


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