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PLEASE HELP WITH MY MARE

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charlotte teague
Neonate
Username: Rvcharlotte

Post Number: 1
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 12:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I HAVE A TRIPLE BRED SKIPPER W MARE. (MY HUSBAND HAD HER WHEN WE MET ) SHE IS 19 YRS OLD. MY HUSBAND KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT BLOODLINES AND HERS ARE FABULOUS. SHE IS ABSOLUTELY NEAR PERFECT.MY HUSBAND BOUGHT HER LAST YEAR FROM A FRIEND WHO HAD HER FOR MANY YEARS.( GOT A GOOD DEAL) NOBODY REALIZED WHAT THEY HAD. THE PROBLEM IS SHE IS A MAIDEN MARE WHO HASN'T BEEN NEAR A STUD FOR YEARS. I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT THE SAFEST WAY IS TO BRING HER INTO CYCLE AND BREED HER. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH AI, BUT I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT METHODS ARE AVAILABLE TO GET A MARE OF HER AGE AND LACK OF CYCLES TO COME BACK IN FOR BREEDING. SHE IS IN EXCELLENT HEALTH AND FITNESS OR ELSE I WOULDN'T EVEN CONSIDER THE IDEA. I AM DESPERATE NOT TO LET HER COMBINATION OF BLOODLINES END AT HER. I WOULD SINCERELY APPRECIATE SOMEONE WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THIS AREA TO SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE WITH ME, SO I CAN MAKE THE MOST INFORMED DECISION POSSIBLE. I HAVE HEARD OF FERTILITY SHOTS, BUT TO BE HONEST, I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THEM. I HAVE HEARD THEY CAN BE HARD ON A MARE. I'M SURE MY MARE WOULD BE OK WITH THEM, BUT I AM HESITANT BECAUSE I AM NAIVE TO THEIR COST AND EFFECTIVENESS. I WANT TO BE SURE I DO EVERYTHING AS RIGHT AS POSSIBLE. I KNOW THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WOULD SAY NOT TO DO IT AT ALL. I AM STILL CONSIDERING THIS OPTION, BUT I AM TRYING TO LOOK AT ALL THE OPTIONS I CAN BEFORE DECIDING NOT TO DO IT AT ALL. ALL HELP AND INSIGHTS THAT ARE OFFERED ARE TRULY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH.
 

E Watkins
Breeding Stock
Username: Ev_watkins

Post Number: 223
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 01:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Charlotte-

While you may have some success in getting your mare bred, my experience with older maidens has not been positive. We had a palomino Zan Par Bar mare that was just gorgeous and very correct in her confirmation. She was in good condition physically but her uterus just could not sustain a pregnancy. Sadly, no amount of intervention ( and we tried many things ) would keep her in foal. After three attempts and her loosing actual pregnancies, (and quite a bit of money spent I might add) we gave up. My first advice is to find a well recommended vet with a lot of equine repro experience. Have the mare evaluated and go from there. I wish you a lot of luck in your venture. Ev
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1457
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 10:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

  1. Find a good reproductive veterinarian (not all vets are capable or good);
  2. Plan ahead;
  3. Do good breeding soundness and pre-breeding evaluations;
  4. Plan on using the oxytocin protocol as laid out on this web site (follow the link) or something similar;
  5. Be prepared to spend a little extra money, time and stress;
  6. Cross your fingers.
We breed a fair number of older mares each year, and although they may require a little more work, we have a pretty good success rate, so it can be done. It requires dedication and time. And there are always exceptions...
 

Mila Davidson
Neonate
Username: Promise_me

Post Number: 6
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 02:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a 14 year old maiden mare that I have spent years trying to get in foal.
After alot of money and time, I had the vet do a embryo transfer and on the flush they recovered twin embryo's. One embryo graded well, the other did not, so I am hoping for atleast one viable pregnancy.
Hate to say it but that may be the only way.
On the other hand, I have two other mares, one 20 and one 24 (not maiden) that I am still breeding. The 24 year old had a colt this spring and did fine. She looks and acts great so I decided to breed her again.
Good luck with your mare.
 

E Watkins
Breeding Stock
Username: Ev_watkins

Post Number: 225
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 05:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think the key is that this mare is a maiden, we too have had many older mares have foals without any difficulty, but they had been bred previously. I do believe that makes a difference in the success rate. Best of luck Charlotte and keep us posted with your venture! Ev
 

charlotte
Neonate
Username: Rvcharlotte

Post Number: 2
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2007 - 09:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am taking her to an equine vet on the 8th for an ultrasound...the vet said we could start with the ultrasound and take her one step at a time. should i ask the vet to do any other tests while we are there?



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