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    01-20-2009, 10:58 PM
Pregnant Mare

A mare I'm about to buy may be pregnant. Is there a shot that a vet can give her to make her abort the foal if she is pregnant?
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    01-20-2009, 11:04 PM
I think there is, but I'm not sure exactly what it is called and I think a vet would probably want a good reason to abort a healthy foal.

Why do you want to abort it?
    01-20-2009, 11:10 PM
There's something a vet can give a horse to make it abort the foal, and IMO, it's really not the vet's position to ask for a good reason to make a mare abort, and a vet shouldn't say 'no' just because there's not a good reason. It's the horse-owners rights. Though I think that after a certain amount of time, a certain amount of months, it wouldn't be in a mares best interests health-wise to forseher to abort... but I may be wrong, I dunno...
    01-20-2009, 11:12 PM
It's not a vet's decisions. But I know of a few who would probably refuse it, mostly because half the time owners ask for it it is decently far into the pregnancy.
    01-20-2009, 11:15 PM
Well, the current owners aren't sure if she is really pregnant or just fat. Kinda irresponsible if you ask me. But this mare is only 4. I already have two horses of my own and I have never raised a foal before. I think it's be best for her if she had the foal aborted seeing her as so young and me as being inexperienced.
    01-20-2009, 11:16 PM
I would have a vet out to check for pregnancy as soon as you could because like already mentioned, it gets risky past a certain period.
    01-20-2009, 11:20 PM
Yeah. We are taking her in Thursday to get her preg. Checked. I hope she is either not pregnant or not too far in yet to get an abortion.
    01-21-2009, 12:09 AM
How old is this mare?? I have a 3 year old mare that is in foal for spring. I bought her already bred I think that's a little young but hopefully everything will be fine.
    01-21-2009, 12:11 AM
The only reason a vet should refuse to abort the foal is if the mare is too far along. What the shot they give does is basically induce labor, but at a certain point in the pregnancy, you stand a much larger risk of loosing the mare than you do of her simply aborting. I would have the mare preg checked and then consult with the vet about the best course of action from there.

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