Induction of Parturition

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Clinical reasons for a controlled induction of labor in a mare include management of high-risk pregnancies, monitoring of labor in mares that have had a history of dystocia, premature separation of the placenta, or other foaling complications. Late-term pregnant mares with a ruptured pre-pubic tendon, placental hydrops, or life-threatening medical conditions may require foaling assistance. Criteria have been established for the elective induction of labor. The mare should be more than 330 days into the gestation, have a well-developed udder, have a milk calcium carbonate content greater than 200 parts per million, and have a relaxed cervix as determined by palpation per rectum. This chapter discusses step by step procedure for performing the induction of parturition in mare.

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


  • Mare
  • Parturition
  • Rectum


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