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post #1 of 21 Old 05-04-2010, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Question Egg Biopsy?

Hey guys,

If you've been following my threads, you've seen I have plans to breed in 2011 if things go the right way for me. I think my mare is a maiden (although I am not 100% sure). She has been auctioned off a few times so I do not have a list of all her owners to figure out "what she's been through".

Before I even think about breeding her I will take her to my vet (who happens to have a breeding specialist and an AI clinic..) to see if she is healthy enough to carry a foal, or even the ability.

So, I want an egg biopsy done. How much do you think this will cost me? Are there any other tests I should have them run? I would like to know the average costs.. I want to assure myself I have the money behind it also.

Thanks everyone!

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post #2 of 21 Old 05-04-2010, 12:21 PM
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Sorry I can't help, but I thought I would bump your thread up since I dropped it down when I responded to my own.
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post #3 of 21 Old 05-04-2010, 12:30 PM
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I would contact the vet you intend to use and ask them as they will be able to tell you what their rates for that service are and they may vary quite a bit from the rates others have encountered.
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post #4 of 21 Old 05-04-2010, 12:55 PM
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So why do you figure you need an egg biopsy done?

We breed our 10 year old maiden mare ........we just did a standard breeding exam and that was on her heat cycle ......everything was fine......breed her 36 hours later and was confirmed in foal at 14 days.

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Exactly why do you think you need to have an egg biopsy done?

Was this recommended by a repro specialist? If so, what did they say was the purpose of having one done?

Really, the egg is only half the equation. If you don't know the stallion's chromosomal makeup, then what do you hope to gain from looking at your mare's unfertilized egg?
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post #6 of 21 Old 05-04-2010, 02:07 PM
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Maybe she means uterine biopsy? Maybe an idea to check for infections etc. would have thought a normal breeding exam would be fine - they will check if there is any fluid in her uterus and over all health, you also need your swabs and blood tests done, as does the stallion - which he should have done routinely anyway every breeding season.
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post #7 of 21 Old 05-04-2010, 03:04 PM
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I would only pursue the really intensive testing if/when you encounter problems in breeding her.
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post #8 of 21 Old 05-04-2010, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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It was suggested that I have an egg biopsy done. I will avoid it at all cost, lol, but I just want to make sure my mare is fertile, and that is sound enough to breed & carry a foal. (:
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That is not at all the norm and is not something I would just have done to do. Plus it would not be easy.

What you will need to have done is get a culture and a uterine biopsy. Those are the norm and past that there is not much more that needs to be done. If you need anything more then that then do not breed your mare. The cost will out way what you will end up with unless your mares in on the high end.

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post #10 of 21 Old 05-04-2010, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, nrhreiner. I know the costs vary due to the vet you use, but has anyone had these procedures done on their mares, and are you willing to share how much it cost? Thanks. (:
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