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post #1 of 8 Old 08-05-2013, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Shots and ultrasound questions

I got my mare bred in may and she is due June 9th. The stallion owner gave me a paper that showed when she was bred, when to have her ultra sound done for preg check and when to give shots. She listed 3 5 7 and 9 months for the pneunabort K shot. I always gave shots at 5 7 and 9 months but haven't bred in years. The vet said it was up to me wether or not to give the shot at 3 months. I trail ride her and take lessons on her. She really isn't exposed to very many horses. Do you all give the shot at 3 months? Just want to give her the best possible care.
One other question I had her ultrasound done at 18 days. Vet said I could bring her in at 90 days and have another ultrasound done to see if she has kept the foal. Been checking her out to see any signs of heat and so far none. Too late in the season for another breeding so is it worth the cost to have another one done?
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-05-2013, 08:45 PM
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The ultra sound is mostly there to make sure the mare does not carry twins. Rare as it, it can happen. As long has she does not come back into heat, and the vet said he did not see twins then you are ok.
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Another good one in the ultrasound category is to know if she slipped the foal. I don't know what the stallion contact stipulates but if it was life foal guarantee and she slips the foal than you have a better idea of it now. What I am trying to say is that you can set up a spring breeding instead of waiting until spring when she does not foal and then scrambling for a breeding. This might help keep the stallion bookings. Ie if the owner only wants him to cover x many mares a year.
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I gave the pneumobort shot at 3,5, 7 and 9 months. My horse was still showing at the time and I did NOT want her to abort for some reason.

my mare was ultra-soundeded at 18 days to confirm pregnancy. And then 7 days later. The first ultrasound and palpation diagnosed her with a "not completely closed cervix" so she was put on Regumate for 7 Days. She has another exam after that and her cervix closed completely.

then i had her ultra sounded once more at...60? Days, maybe it was 90, to try to get the sex of the foal. And to confirm she hadnt slipped the foal.

my maiden mare gave birth to a healthy, wonderful, perfect filly on March 17. No complications and no defects of any kind.

chilly had her pre-foaling shots about 35-40 days in advance.
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We only give Pneumabort at 5, 7, and 9, and only as 'insurance' because the risk to our mares is very low.

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I did the same shot with a mare and she aborted. My other mare that I didn't give it too had a healthy foal. I doubt I will go with that shot again. Could have been a number of reasons, I suppose, but it was shortly after the last shot (nine 1/2 months along) and after reading up on it, seriously has me wondering.
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I went ahead and did the 100 day ultrasound and it was well worth the money. I got to see the foal and although it is only about 8 centmeters. You could make out the spinal column and see it moving around. Vet said it was a good sign the baby was so active. I decided I will go ahead with the shots so now all I have to do is wait.

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I have the vet give the mares their annual shots about 30 days prior to foaling to ensure they pass the immunity on to the foal. I have never given the shots at 2 month intervals . Never had a problem with any mare I bred aborting. So far. Shalom
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