Last week, I took Gina back to the vet for a re-culture; it’d been about a week since the uterine treatments were administered, and my vet wanted to make sure Gina was clean. It turned out to be an interesting and informative visit! Before the swab was taken, my vet performed an ultrasound so we’d have a better idea of where Gina was in her reproductive cycle. My vet showed me the cysts they’d previously detected, identified the a couple of follicles and measured them, and pointed out the uterine edema and explained how it can indicate estrus. I have zero experience with horse breeding, so I was totally interested in seeing all of this.
Gina was well behaved through both the ultrasound and the swab, enduring both with only a few baleful glares.
My vet called on Monday with the results of the culture- positive. Unfortunately, this means another round of uterine treatments, so we’re headed down to the vet today to start them. If I understand my vet correctly, we will AI immediately following the treatments if Gina is at an appropriate point in her cycle, then stitch her up via a Caslick procedure. (That link has some graphic photos, but is a great read if you’re unfamiliar with the procedure.)
What an adventure breeding is already!