Have a problem mare that conceived twice in 2001. Lost fetus at 28 & 42 days. MRLS victim. Bred 5 times in 2002. Not Pregnant. Using "everything" (in breeding business 20 years) Anyone else having this problem? Mare does everything right & is being covered by fertile stallion. Thanks for your time & attention.
Posted on Saturday, January 04, 2003 - 06:31 pm:
breed her and if she always conceives,start her right off on regumate or wait will the 18 day check and pull a hormone level on her or start her then.
Posted on Saturday, January 04, 2003 - 07:15 pm:
Rather than reaching for Regumate - which does not replace good diagnostics, and is used with such free abandon these days when often it is not required - have a good quality breeding work-up performed.
Endometrial biopsy; cultures of biopsy samples (if you don't perform the biopsy but only an endometrial culture you must have a cytology smear prepared and read too - I'd go with the biopsy on this mare personally); ultrasonic evaluations; palpations; check for presence of uterine fluid pre- and/or post-breeding (treat with oxytocin), etc. etc.
The entire work up will probably cost less than a course of Regumate, and the mare will be better off without the Regumate if it's not required, as it can predispose a healthy uterus to being more susceptible to infection.
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 03:41 pm:
Can anyone advise me on a peculiar situation? I have a 6yr TB mare who bred a lovely filly last year and was recovered at stud in April 02. She was scanned in foal at 35 days and rectally examined in Sept. Vet couldnt feel foal but felt sure she was pregnant due to fluid. Same vet never felt her filly last season! We sent the stud fee off on the basis of the Vet saying fluid present and his last years lack of detection of her foal. To our horror on a routine check the vet examined her and said he felt that the mare should have more fluid. The mare is due to foal in March 03 and she is now 9 months in foal. She is not overally big but appears pregnant. He is now advising urine analysis. The implications for us as TB breeders is a huge financial loss as an earlier diagnosis of pregnancy resulted with payment of stud fee. No evidence of abortion either! Can anyone offer any suggestions and whether urine tests are accurate. Thanks for your help
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 10:06 am:
Instead of a urine test, I would recommend have her ultrasounded. It is the most accurate way to determine whether the mare is in foal. Urine tests are not very accurate after a certain point in the pregnancy, but I don't remember what that point is. In the long run it would probably be easier and cheaper to find a vet with a good ultrasound machine and have her checked.
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2003 - 02:17 pm:
You might try a estrone sulfate test on your mare. It is a blood test wich measures estrone sulfate produced by the fetoplacental unit. The test can be done after 100 days of pregnancy and is use to determine whether the foal is viable. I had my mare tested through cornell university. The cost was $70.00.
Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 02:28 pm:
HAd the same problem with TB mare, Quarterhorse stallion covered her in 2002 and we are hopeful for a foal in June. She is not very big but still pregnant. We do not manipulate the mare and leave her living her day in a pasture with other pregnang mares, minimizing the stress. Stress is a big component with TBs, that are getting stressed out with too much handling. Wonder how you would feel if a docotr would check you constantly!
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