Placentitis: A major cause of late term foetal loss in thoroughbred mares




Thoroughbred Horses

Research Organisation

Equine Specialist Consulting

Objective Summary

The primary objective of this study is to document the development and consequences of placental abnormalities occurring during the second half of gestation in thoroughbred broodmares. Specific Objectives: 1. To correlate placental changes detected in mares by ultrasound with gross and histopathological evidence of placentitis. 2. To determine the incidence of placentitis in normal thoroughbred mares and in 'high risk' mares ie mares with histories of late term abortion premature delivery or delivery of a foal with intrauterine growth retardation. 3. To monitor the development and progression of placental abnormalities detected by ultrasound in normal and high risk thoroughbred mares. 4. To determine whether equine foetal and neonatal weight andhealth are correlated with placental abnormalities detected by ultrasound.

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Project Start Date

Saturday, January 1, 2005

Project Completion Date

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

HOR-Reduce the incidence and impact of diseases and parasites in horses


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