An open letter regarding blood mares

January 14 2022 | General

An assessment of the total blood volume of the Icelandic horse, the quantity and frequency of blood harvesting, and its potential effects on pregnant mares from the standpoint of veterinary science and animal welfare.
Authors: Barla Barandun, Prof. Dr. med. vet. Ewald Isenbügel

This article addresses some fundamental aspects concerning the harvesting of blood from pregnant mares in Iceland. The focus is on the volume of blood harvested, which far exceeds guidelines for blood harvesting in Switzerland, Germany and the United States.