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    02-14-2012, 02:58 PM
  #11
Trained
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Originally Posted by Super Nova    
Don't think I would tranq in this case......she needs to be able to stand under the weight of the stallion........so needs to be fully alert.

Super Nova
That's why I suggested A LITTLE to take the EDGE OFF not knock her out. I'm pretty sure the vet would have a good idea of how much dosing she could take and still be functional but not hysterical.

I had a maiden mare who was acting like this for a couple of years. I came to the conclusion she was just too young and at 5 years old, she decided she was ok with the stallion and allowed him to breed. But she pushed it until I had actually called the vet and he was pulling up the driveway as the mare decided to stand and let the stallion cover her. So, turned out not to be necessary after all. Just suggestions.
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    02-14-2012, 05:41 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Is there a reason why AI isn't feasible?
     
    02-17-2012, 11:48 AM
  #13
Foal
Thanks for your replies, they will definitely come in handy!!
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    02-17-2012, 06:57 PM
  #14
Yearling
If I were you, I would suggest profiling her along some sort of safe fence, where she would be safe along. Most of the time a tease stallion will get you the results you need to know, whether she is in heat or not. To me, it sounds like she isn't in heat. Though, like already said, there is a chance she could be afraid of the new situation.

Someone correct me if I am wrong, but a stallion himself can also be a tease stallion. I know where I am learning at a barn we use a "tease" stallion, he knows his job.

I would try that, or maybe hobbles if you know for certain she is in heat.
     
    02-17-2012, 09:34 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
That's why I suggested A LITTLE to take the EDGE OFF not knock her out. I'm pretty sure the vet would have a good idea of how much dosing she could take and still be functional but not hysterical.
I agree, I have handled live covers with a dose of Rompin(sp?) with no problems. I was told by a vet that Rompin won't completely disable a horse but it seems to help them place and keep their hind legs placed. This was about 15 years ago, I am sure there is better drugs now and he may of been feeding me a line, I don't know, but it worked.

I was working for a breeding farm that was just starting up and they had not built a set of stocks yet. The same vet would AI and preg through a gate with a dose of Rompin as well.
     
    02-17-2012, 11:09 PM
  #16
Trained
Is she a dominate mare? I have found that they are a little more stand offish than others. Case in point years ago we had a mare that would not breed to 2 stallions we chose for her. Only after buying one and bringing him home did sh become receptive and only after exposure to him through a fence for a couple of months.
Again after buying my arabian stallion earlier this year we had the mares pastured a half mile away. Only after bringing them closer and being able to visit him would the alpha mare approach his fence without her ears pinned back. Now she backs up to the fence whenever in heat. Shalom
     
    02-19-2012, 10:24 PM
  #17
Foal
Have you tried AI with her? That may help.

If not, have you done a full internal exam and had blood work done?

I do know of a case where a mare refused to be covered for several years. After a very thorough exam and some bloodwork to confirm.. turns out she was not only a she. She was also a he, just w/ no outward visible signs (there were testes and ovaries in her, but no penis). She also had very high testosterone levels for a "mare" as well as a few other things. Obviously she was not bred. I believe they ended up speutering her. (I'm using the term her, bc she lived life as a mare.. not really sure what to call one).
     

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