Phase Two – Post-mortem of pregnancy loss in thoroughbred horses

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia

  • Project code: PRO-015341

  • Project stage: Current

  • Project start date: Thursday, February 24, 2022

  • Project completion date: Saturday, June 1, 2024

  • National Priority: HOR-Thoroughbred breeding


AgriFutures Thoroughbred Horses Program is developing a system to investigate and record the pathology and histology, and analyse the epidemiology of mid to late term pregnancy losses in thoroughbred mares throughout Australia. 


This project will trial what has been developed in AgriFutures Australia project PRJ-011719 and pilot the implementation of foetal post-mortems across Southern QLD and Northern VIC.


This project will deliver the administration and coordination of the pilot, including recruiting and enrolling suitable stud farms/mare owners, organising and developing funding for the vets to undertake post-mortems of late pregnancy foetal abortions at the nominated veterinary clinics, collating the analysis of post-mortem test results, and ensuring the results are received by stud farms/mare owners within an acceptable time period. 


Thoroughbred Horses

Research Organisation

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia