Anyone else experiencing the same problem, or is it just a few of us here on the North East Coast???? I am so frustrated- the vet has put it down to unusually cool temps, but it is now June, and still nothing!!!!!
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2002 - 10:49 pm:
Sigh.... My mare came back in to heat today. We have three of our own we're trying to get this year and so far haven't caught one. I will know on another in two weeks, and the third in three weeks. I was so disappointed. Mares culture and ultrasound clean, stallion motility is high, running out of ideas and hope. Located in Michigan.
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 - 09:56 am:
About this time every year, this question arises. The difference from year to year is statistically nil or minimal.
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 - 11:04 am:
Jos, that is interesting as the Veterinary Services Lab in Fredericton have complained about not being able to catch a bunch of mares, mine being the longest they have worked on. Dr. Murch says that some of the difficult ones are indeed in foal now, so I am trying ONE more time. THey have put it down to a cold spring, ect. It is so disappointing. At the AI barn my horse is in- one in five mares are in foal.
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 - 05:44 pm:
As you are probably aware I moderate and am active on the EquineRepro@yahoogroups.com equine reproduction e-mail list (for those not aware of the list's existence "click" here!) and out of curiosity, I just went to the archives and did a search for posts with the use of the word "weather" in them. Of course there were many matches, and I most certainly did not go through them all, but as a semi-random sample, here are 4 that I believe prove my point...! Note the dates!!
I guess all those people could be me- Seems like we need to find a "reason" when our mares aren't catching..... I am bringing my mare home after being bred this time, and will take her back to be ultrasounded in a few weeks. I had thought her staying at the AI barn would be easier for her to catch, and now I really don't think it matters too much. I am going to visit that site - I don't remember being there before, Jos! Thanks!
Well Jess, I too am in the North East. I have an older mare who was bred twice last year, never conceived the frist time, caught but lost early the second (we are breeding live cover in Mass). She had a hard time establishing heat this summer, but a shot of progesterone brought her in and she caught on the first try. Ultrasounds at 18 and 47 days showed a slightly large but otherwise normal helthy conceptus then fetus. So far as I know no one else the stud owner has bred has needed a second try. Probably not much help, but just another North East experience. Good luck, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! Trisha
Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2002 - 08:58 pm:
Question, Jos. I brought my mare home from the AI barn a week ago and she is still squealing at the other horses (today is day 13 after breeding) . She is not squatting or peeing and is quite aggressive towards them. Is this normal??? I am expecting to see her display more heat signs soon as she is running a regular 21 day cycle, but I thought she would return to normal before this time. The vet did confirm she had dropped her follicle prior to me picking her up.
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