Post Number: 1
|Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 09:36 pm: ||
My mostly Arabian mare is a 16 year old Maiden. The vet checked her out last year with ultrasound and she was cleared for breeding. The only thing that said she'd be a bit harder to breed is that she has a tight cervix.
I had her AI'd 3 times last year with no results. Although the last time the seman was bad. I decided to give up that year and wait for my stallion to have gotten older.
I guess my question is that someone told me to deep horn her. What is that and how much more likely is it to work with her? I'll do about anything to get her in foal but not at the cost of her health.
P.S she is ridden at least 4 times a week and in excelent health. She's my pride and joy and this foal would never touch the market.
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Post Number: 1834
|Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 02:18 pm: ||
Coco..Welcome to the Board and hopefully somebody else will chime in here but here is my experience. I had an older maiden beloved mare who I decided to breed in 2002 for a 2003 foal. At the time she was 12 years old. She had a tight cervix and finally we got her pregnant via live cover and oxytocin protocol. In 2006 bred AI for a 2007 foal at this time she was 16 years old not showing stong cycles so we 1. cultured 2. cystology 3. came back with an infection so we treated 4. short cycle 5. ultrasound and inseminated at perfect timing nothing 6. repeated a second cycle nothing 7. last try in August, we used a product called "Settle", short cycle, inseminated, used ocytocin protocol, did the pregnancy dance , and finally she took..so with these older maiden mares it is sometimes a challenge, one I won with a beautiful filly so I encourage to try..check out the Settle drug. They seem to have a tight cervix since they never gave birth and clearance issues because of their age...http://www.expectbetterresults.com/research_inflammation.html
Post Number: 2117
|Posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 - 10:59 am: ||
If you're using reasonable quality cooled semen, the need for deep horn insemination is unlikely.
The issue of the tight cervix is more important, and you might want to talk to your vet about the use of estrogens and/or mysoprostol cream to assist in relaxation. Additionally, in older mares, the use of an oxytocin protocol is something that we like to see (follow that link for details) as delayed uterine clearance is a common problem.
Post Number: 4
|Posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 - 01:58 pm: ||
Thanks, this next time I'll ask my vet on the questions above but I'll be using my stallion so it'll be fresh semen as he'll be collected when needed.
Post Number: 4
|Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2008 - 10:53 am: ||
As Jos mentioned, we used the mysoprostol to relax and dilate the cervix. Worked like a charm. We were able to help her clear her uterus post breeding (post breeding flush and oxytocin protocol as indicated). No more fluid retention after that.