31 year old pony, to old to breed, but are there other options? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 31 Old 08-03-2014, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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31 year old pony, to old to breed, but are there other options?

Our pony mare is up there in age. 31ish and I don't and won't put her threw the stresses of breeding. But, are there options of breeding her w/o her carrying the baby?

Test tube pony if ya will?

If this is an option, what would one expect to pay? We have a stud that we think would be a perfect match to her.

Before any criticism, she is worth breeding and we do not want to breed her natural.

Any help would be great.
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post #2 of 31 Old 08-04-2014, 12:00 AM
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At 31 she probably doesn't have any eggs left, but yes there are such things as surrogate mares.
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If she has any decent eggs like the previous poster suggested embryo transfer maybe? Not sure they would even do that on an old mare.
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I don't know if being in heat and actually being fertile are related, but she surely has her cycles. Possibly she is outta eggs, I don't know, any input on that front would be helpful too.
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Keep track of her heat cycles for a couple of months and then call your vet. He or she will be able to ultrasound to see if there are any eggs maturing but it has to be at a certain point during the monthly cycle.

And yes, they can show a heat cycle but not have eggs. I had one mare that had her last foal at 24 and after that would still let my stallion breed her during her heat but she never took again. Just my luck since I had a guy breathing down my neck for another foal out of that mare (he already had one of her colts).
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She just came outta heat, but we have been thinking about this for a few years so will and have been paying more attention to when where and how she cycles.

Is this a common practice? We really want a foal from her, but not at the cost of her or the foal.
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I've never tried it so I have no clue about the risks involved although from what I do know there shouldn't be much risk to your mare since all they would be doing is flushing an egg from her to implant into another mare. I'm not sure if they fertilize the egg before or after they flush it from the mare.

Your best bet would be to contact a vet who specializes in equine reproduction and ask them to spell out the procedure, risks, and costs. I bet it's not a cheap endeavor but probably not as expensive as cloning.
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Hmm, I wonder if Purdue University does anything like this. Maybe I'll send some emails and do some more searching.
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Purdue would be a good place to start. Even if they don't have a surrogate program there I bet they could direct you to a vet that does.
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Embryo transfer would be a possibility, but a very small one at her age. You would have to breed her and then flush the embryo out of her and put it into another mare to carry. I had looked into it with a 24 ur old mare and they felt she would likely have a 10-25% chance of getting a viable embryo and transferring it to a another mare. It was going to cost $3500-5500 a CYCLE.
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