WE WANT TO SET UP TO DO OUR OWN PREG TESTING... DONT KNOW WHAT TO BUY (this is where all you knowledgeable types come in)
After, I kid you not, thousands of dollars spent on vet call out and preg scans fees this season alone we have decided we need to learn to do our own (Dad already an AI technician and technical things are his forte as he is an engineer so picks up on things well and when the vet is scanning we can see the bubba's before he points them out) anyway... what ultrasound equipment will we need and what is the general cost? We have a lot of our own mares and to be able to scan at our discretion, not only for pregnancy detection but to see what their up to re cycling would be a God send, the amount of time wasted on all the far arsing about when we also have a lot of other things to do too is ridiculous
The cost of ultrasound machines has dropped dramatically in the last 10 years. A Sonovet 600 - which is a good but basic unit, but would serve you well (we had one for years and it did all we needed) now retails for somewhere around $4,500 - $5,000 NEW!! One can get used units for less of course, but be careful buying used units, as the probe can be damaged, and that may cost you as much as a new unit to replace!
I would encourage you to contact Universal Ultrasound, whom we have used for years and have been very satisfied with. They do have used units as well as new units, and of course, the used units are checked over before being sold, so there is less risk than buying from somewhere like eBay!
Do be aware that you will need to be competent at rectal palpation in order to become good at ultrasounding, and that takes a lot of practice and there are risks associated with it for both the palpator and the horse. It's not just a simple matter of putting the probe in the rectum and immediately knowing what you are seeing!!
Thank you so much Jos, and absolutely... a course would be in order. I personally want to learn to do as much repro stuff as I can, it fascinates me.
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