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SnowCowgirl 03-22-2013 03:45 PM

cost of breeding soundness exam
I'm wondering what people have paid for breeding soundness exams for their mares... and what that exam included (culture/cytology, ultrasound, just palpation, bloodwork, etc?).

I'm especially interested in hearing from people in Canada. I'm going to call the vet here in town and see if they can't give me a quote. I do have the option of waiting until I'm in Alberta or Saskatchewan in a month or so though, so if the cost difference is hugely significant (I think it will be), then I might just wait and have it done down there.

trainerunlimited 03-22-2013 04:11 PM

I can't tell you how much one would cost, but my breeder did one on the first ultrasound, basically just looking for anything abnormal, like fluid, etc, as she was seeing where Josie was in her heat cycle, so she took a bit longer than usual. I didn't do any blood work or a culture. Good luck!!!

SnowCowgirl 03-22-2013 04:26 PM

ah ok.

I don't want to spend more than I have to, but I DO want to get a thorough enough exam that I don't end up wasting money on the stud fee. I've already paid the booking fee of course but if the breeding exam shows that for some crazy reason she won't likely conceive easily, I guess I'll just call my losses at that. I don't want to cheap out on the exam but I also don't know if I should bother doing stuff like bloodwork. From what I've read though it sounds like cytology/culture is pretty recommended.

I'm a teensy bit worried for a few reasons:
1) River is a maiden at 14 years old
2) she has silent heats
3) she was exposed to a 2 year old stallion in the past for most of a summer (long story...) and did not end up in foal. However, only one mare out of 4 or 5 actually did end up pregnant after that, so I know it's probably nothing to worry about.
4) I'm going to be doing AI for the first time ever

MyLittlePonies 03-22-2013 04:55 PM

I spent $65 for ultrasound and palpation. Plus office fees.
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SnowCowgirl 03-23-2013 11:11 AM

ok, it'll definitely be more than that here... just one ultrasound is $75 and that's not including the examination fee and I assume the palpation would be additional.

So it seems like people have not bothered with the cytology?

MyLittlePonies 03-23-2013 11:41 AM

You should always get a cytology. Trouble with my exam was my mare was in a silent heat so we didn't do a cytology. I should have made him but he insisted that since she was a maiden he didn't need to. Should of listened to the class I took in Ohio....

SnowCowgirl 03-23-2013 12:33 PM

Ah okay. Yeah from what I'd read it sure seems like it's almost a "must"

Did something happen? the way you worded that seems like it did lol

MyLittlePonies 03-23-2013 12:39 PM

I couldn't get her pregnant with two artificial inseminations. I had to take her home and live cover her and she caught. Nothing bad except wasting 1000-1500 on a breeding to another stallion.

SnowCowgirl 03-23-2013 02:39 PM

Ugh that's terrible!

I'm so worried about wasting money. I know that to breed her and raise a foal will be a big expense regardless but I don't want to just throw it away. So I'd rather have a very thorough breeding soundness exam done in hopes of avoiding that. But I want to be educated about that part too.

So far it's looking like a palpation, ultrasound, and cytology/culture at the least.

Does anyone recommend the blood tests I've read about? (I think they had something to do with testing for hormones or something...)

MyLittlePonies 03-23-2013 04:21 PM

Couldn't help but to try and avoid extra fees
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