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post #1 of 10 Old 06-06-2011, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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18yr old Connemara Mare

Hi, I have an 18yr old Connemara Mare. She's sired by Killyreagh Kim and has some excellent breeding. She's a dun mare and I would love to get a filly foal from her.

She had a colt foal in 2010 which I sold off. She wouldn't hold in foal last year at all.

I've tried mating her this year since April but still won't hold. I've had the vet check her out and he says that there's nothing physically wrong with her. She'd ovulating and producing eggs, she's not sucking air but still just not holding.

Has anyone any advice?
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-06-2011, 11:27 AM
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She may just have reached the age where she's not going to hold a foal to term. For some mares, that's sooner rather than later.

If the vet has cleared her physically, there's not a whole lot else you can do.

I don't breed though, so maybe someone with experience concerning aged mares and retaining a pregnancy will chime in.

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Is she in the same pasture as she was when she carried? Fescue grass can be an issue with mares carrying folas
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Have you perhaps considered an embryo transfer?

I'm not sure how badly you want a foal from this mare, or what your budget is, but as far as I'm aware an embryo transfer to a surrogate mare is your best bet at this point.

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Is your vet a specialized repro vet? If he isn't I would look for a vet who is to examine and perform hormone checks/cultures on your girl to try to get to the root of your problem. SR is right, she might be past the age of carrying, though. Good luck!

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post #6 of 10 Old 06-07-2011, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply to my post.

My vet is extremely competant in equine repoduction. He's taken all the tests and she everything is normal.

She's in a different paddock than she was.

She was in season this time from 26th May till 04th June. That's 10 days, and she was covered every second day at the stud. Is this normal? Seems like a very long cycle.

Well, just pucked her up yesterday from the stud so fingers crossed. We'll be scanning on the 21/06/2011 at 18 days.
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-07-2011, 11:19 PM
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Hi, I have an 18yr old Connemara Mare. She's sired by Killyreagh Kim and has some excellent breeding. She's a dun mare and I would love to get a filly foal from her.

She had a colt foal in 2010 which I sold off. She wouldn't hold in foal last year at all.

I've tried mating her this year since April but still won't hold. I've had the vet check her out and he says that there's nothing physically wrong with her. She'd ovulating and producing eggs, she's not sucking air but still just not holding.

Has anyone any advice?
You say she's not "holding" but is she actually conceiving and then slipping the pregnancy? Have you done a full reproductive work up on her? Culture and cytology? Uterine biopsy? You're not providing enough information to be able to offer relevant information.

So, I'll assume you have not had a culture and cytology done, so I would start there. If that comes back clean, are you following her through her breeding cycle? Making sure she is ovulating in a timely manner after being bred? Is she having uterine clearance issues?

Hope the above helps. Answer a few of the questions and I can help direct you with some answers. Good luck!

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Hi, thanks for your reply.

No, she's had none of these tests done.

I'm going to be speaking with my vet later on today about these.

Thanks again.
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Have you been using the same stallion for all of this?

Could the stallion have fertility issues?
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-01-2011, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all, just a quick update. I finally had my mare scanned in foal about 2 weeks ago. She's getting on at this stage, so here's hoping for a healthy foal in 2012.
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