My friend has a grade 16 year old mare who she palns to breed to a halflinger this spring. This wil be the mare's first time being bred. She is obese, has atheritis, and hasn't even had a BSE. What should i do to help them they don't have much money and no nothing about a horse!! Paintluver
The likelihood of conception is, unfortunately, going to be low. If they want to spend money to try and breed her, I suppose that is up to them, but a 16 year old maiden will be a challenge, even for the equine repro expert.
Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2001 - 11:18 pm:
If they are intent on this, there is much preparation to be done.
Overly fat mares do not breed well. She should slowly be brought down to an appropiate weight.
They should attempt to make her comfortable concerning the arthiritis. She will need cultures, ultra sounds, veterinary care, etc. All this costs MONEY. I agree with Corry, this will not be easy. It may happen, but not without extensive work, commitment and funding.
If they can't afford the work necessary to get her in foal, how will they afford the foal once it arrives? This takes at least 16 months of commitment and extra finances.
Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2001 - 10:15 pm:
The sad part is they don't have any money. This halflinger stud fee is only 100 dollars, but they only have to pay when the foal is standing!! It's sad because they think that everything will always go all right with horses. They think that this 3/4 ton mare couldnt ever get hurt, and they don't beleive in bute or any medications!!!
This is the sad part of my profession, unfortunately, and this will be a hard lesson learned for them. The mare may not get pregnant, and then she will not have that burden. More than likely, she won't. Any no one will be harmed. Hopefully not the mare.
Posted on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 10:30 pm:
They arent really cruel people, just a bit ignorant about horses!!
Posted on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 10:31 pm:
It's sad to see this mare put through this though!!
They will definitly have to check her to see if she is even breedable. Yes, 16 yr old horses are more difficult to get in foal but it is more time consuming then impossible. I was able to get my 17 yr old maiden mare pregnant the first try, but ONLY through Live cover, she was unable to catch throught AI. My advice to anyone who is breeding a maiden mare regardless of age, is if they are breeding sound to do live coverage for the first breeding. I also think they need to take the mares health in consideration FIRST and for most. First she needs to be relieved of pain from arthritis if it is really bothering her, once she does get pregnant she is going to be MISERIBLE with the extra weight of the baby on her arthritis. Then I also think she needs to lose a few pounds, a fat and pregnant mare is very dangerous and unhealthy. I think your friends need to get more HORSE WISE and make sure they have the FUNDS before they take this step. If they can't afford ONE how can they afford TWO?????
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