Barretts, in compliance with the AAEP, encourages all equine practitioners and consignors to use the following terms:
Pregnant. Any filly or mare shall be characterized as "pregnant" if and only if a practitioner has examined such animal for pregnancy at 42 days or more post mating during the applicable year and such examination indicated that such filly or mare was pregnant. Any report based on examination at less than 42 days post mating should indicate the pregnancy status of the animal as well as the number of days post mating that the examination was performed. Accordingly, a report from a positive pregnancy exam at 42 or more days post mating indicates the filly or mare is "pregnant" without further comment. The results of a positive pregnancy determination prior to 42 days should be indicated in a manner showing the applicable number of days such as "pregnant-41 days."
Aborted. Any filly or mare that is not pregnant at the time of examination should be reported as "aborted" rather than "not pregnant" if the person rendering the report is actually aware that (a) an aborted fetus was observed or (b) the mare had been declared "pregnant" based on an examination at 42 days or more post mating.
Not Pregnant. Any filly or mare that has been mated, examined for pregnancy, and found not pregnant at 42 days or more post mating during a specified year should be characterized as "not pregnant" unless such filly or mare has "aborted" as defined above. Any filly or mare that has been mated, examined for pregnancy and found not pregnant prior to 42 days post mating should be indicated in a manner showing applicable number of days such as "not pregnant-41 days." Any filly or mare determined to be pregnant prior to 42 days post mating and later found to be not pregnant should be characterized as "not pregnant" rather than "aborted" unless the examiner has knowledge that an aborted fetus was observed.
Suitable for Mating. Any filly or mare that is not pregnant at the time of examination shall be characterized as "suitable for mating" if a palpation per rectum of the ovaries, uterus and cervix, and speculum examination of the cervix and vagina does not reveal any significant abnormalities that would indicate that the filly or mare is not r eproductively within reasonably normal limits. A filly or mare that is "pregnant" or "pregnant __days" at the time of examination, as determined by a palpation per rectum, shall be characterized as "suitable for mating" without further tests of examinations. Any reproductive examination or statement that a filly or mare is "suitable for mating" thus only indicates either (a) the results of the above-referenced palpation per rectum examination on the date performed or (b) the filly or mare was found to be "pregnant" or "pregnant __days" and does not reflect the examiner's opinion of the future ability or inability of a particular filly or mare to conceive and deliver a live foal. There are many other tests or criteria that might be utilized to estimate the likelihood of a successful mating; however, a statement that a mare is "suitable for mating" shall not indicate any tests have been completed other than those specifically referenced above. Moreover, a filly or mare may be characterized as "suitable for mating" based on only one examination even though more than one examination might enhance the likelihood of discovering reproductive abnormalities.
Mating. The physical act of a stallion mounting a filly or mare with intromission of the penis and ejaculation. Artificial insemination qualifies as mating for breeds that permit artificial insemination.
Mated. Any filly or mare that has undergone the physical act of mating but whose pregnancy status had never been determined.
Not Mated. Any filly or mare that has not undergone the physical act of mating by any stallion during a specified year.
Dead Foal. Any foal that is born dead or any foal that dies within 72 hours from a medical condition existing or dating from birth.
Foal Died. Any foal that dies after 72 hours from birth or any foal that dies from a condition not existing or dating from birth.