This section is from the book "The Farmers Ready Reference Or Hand Book Of Diseases Of Horses And Cattle", by S. C. Orr. . Also available from Amazon: The Farmer's Ready Reference;.
This is a chronic discharge that comes from the womb. It may result from a part of the placenta remaining in the womb after parturition, decaying and setting up irritation, but it is more often due old age and general debility. A mare will not thrive while in this condition. It can easily be recognized by the frequent discharge from the vagina of a white, glary and curdled fluid; the discharge is generally fetid. If the mare is allowed to stand quiet for an hour or two and then started up quickly she will throw out a large quantity that accumulated while standing. The tail and hind legs are kept in a filthy condition, and the hair all over the body is rough and staring and the eves often have a sunken, hollow look, giving a run-down appearance to the animal in general
Treatment - It will be necessary to have a catheter or a small rubber tube that can be inserted into the neck of the womb through which water and medicine can be forced with a syringe. The womb should be washed out with warm water twice a day, and each time a little of the following should be injected: Sugar of lead, one ounce; sulphate of zinc, six drachms; carbolic acid, two drachms; mix. A tablespoonful of the following should be given in bran or oats three times a day: Nitrate of potash, gentian and sulphate of iron, of each, six ounces; mixed. The mare should be fed liberally and turned out in a yard every day for exercise, but should not be worked until she has had time to recruit her strength.