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post #1 of 36 Old 12-15-2009, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Spaying a mare - information anyone?

Today I got information and a quote on doing a standing ovarectomy on my mare. I had read that this is quick, easy, and affordable when compared to the traditional surgery of laying them down, and doing an external abdominal incision. I was surprised to find out that even with the standing procedure, my mare would need to be hospitalized for 7 days, she would receive an epidural and IV pain medication, IV antibiotics for 5 days, cable tied to the ceiling for 2 days, and cost would be around $1,800 providing there were no complications.

I read a post on one board where a person said her mare was in and out the same day, off work for 6 weeks, and the cost was $450.

So why the big difference? Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 36 Old 12-15-2009, 03:57 PM
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I had inquired about this with my vet a few years back regarding a riding mare I had, but she suggested I not do it, due to the complications and the ill side effects it can have on a mare, and it was priced much higher than $450.

There are hormonal treatments you can give them to prevent them from going into heat, though I never opted for either; I ended up selling her before I had the chance to do either.

I'd consult several well known vet clinics in your area to get several professional opinions and then you make a well rounded, educated decision.

Personally, I don't think I'd do it.

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My friend's mare is having this done in a few weeks. I think her cost is around $1200, but I'm not sure exactly what's included. She has been having recurring UTIs and going into heat every few weeks. The vets have tried everything and this is a last resort.

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I wouldn't spay either. Especially if you ever plan on selling her. I know if I were buying a mare I'd like the option to breed her. Not saying I'd breed every mare but I'd like the option to if I wanted to.

I'd much rather deal with PMS (permanently p*ssed mare syndrome ) than any possible side effects. You always run the risk of a complication due to the anesthetic used during surgery. I have known horses that died due to it. I'm not trying to scare you just letting you know. I know a rodeo friend who got a hormone chip implanted in his mare's chest and she's been SO much better since then.

Only reason I'd ever spay a mare is if she had a medical reason for it.
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post #5 of 36 Old 12-15-2009, 04:11 PM
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I've herd about getting a marble or something implanted. Not sure if it works though.
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post #6 of 36 Old 12-15-2009, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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The mare in question cycles 2 weeks in a strong heat, 2 weeks out, 2 week in, 2 weeks out. I was told that if I could isolate her from other horses, she'd probably settle down, but that's just not possible. She had an ultrasound and the ovaries looked fine but they told me that really doesn't mean anything. My other option is to try Regumate.

I was so interested in the spay procedure because I'd read on one board that it was a very simple, outpatient procedure with the mare standing up and is no longer the major surgery it used to be with the complications. So I thought it was safer than the traditional surgery.
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I don't know too much about spaying,but I know that having a marble put in is pretty simple. It causes the horse to quit cycling because the uterus thinks it is pregnant.
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post #8 of 36 Old 12-15-2009, 06:11 PM
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I personally wouldn't spay a mare unless there was a medical reason for it as well. For me the risks are not worth the outcome of her not cycling, and possibly not being quite as marish. In my opinion, if its mood swings, and the squirting ect., then regumate, or something like it to keep her from cycling, and if its just the thought of having a mare that might be moody and marish while in heat, then don't get a mare. I know of a person who did get their mare spayed, but it was because of an enlarged or diseased ovary or something like that, where the only option was to spay her to save her life. Personally I would talk to your vet about all the options including spaying, and see what he/she thinks is the best thing for you and your horse.
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post #9 of 36 Old 12-15-2009, 06:18 PM
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Hmph, never heard of the "marble" method. Sounds interesting, kind of like a physical form of human oral birth control, makes the body think its pregnant... Very interesting. Can it be removed if you choose to breed?

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post #10 of 36 Old 12-15-2009, 06:20 PM
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Yes it can be removed. I knew a few people that used it on there competition mares so that they didn't have to worry about her coming into heat or a stallion managing to over her while they were at a show.
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