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post #11 of 16 Old 03-27-2015, 06:31 AM
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For a lot of zoos it come down to space. They want to manage the animals they have and not create more unintentionally. Some of the endangered species in America have to have a certain amount of genetic diversity to maintain the population. Lets say you have two giraffes that are brother and sister. You don't want them to breed but in the future another zoo might have a giraffe they could breed to them (you would exchange giraffes). You can't afford a separate exhibit and the giraffes enjoy a social situation. So birth control for them and it solves a host of other issues. As far as castration, if you castrate a male lion he looses his mane so not many people want to see that.

At your mares age, I would look into why she is having issues. Is there a hormonal imbalance or something with the structure of the ovary that is causing the issue. I think breeding her is a bad idea. You are bringing another horse into an over populated location, your mare may not be worth breeding in the first place and its a gamble, she might produce a foal with the same issues she has and it might not change the mares situation long term.
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Is she of good breeding quality? I don't normally recommend breeding when you're not breeding for a good established program, but given her age, breeding her and letting her carry a foal may smooth out the hormones. She's very young, I liken a 4 y.o. mare to about a 12 y.o. girl, hormones up, down and all round. She's having a particularly tough time of it, if she's a real quality animal you might be better off letting her have one foal and then seeing how she does before going the depo route or removing the ovary. I hate to use depo on a young mare, any time you tinker with their hormones or cycles, I'm always afraid there will be a sort of backlash or flat out make her sterile before you decide that's really what you want.
To be honest, she is a grade mare. Thank you very much for the advice, but she isn't really a quality mare. So, I never intend to or will breed her.
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i didnt even know they had depo shots for horses! I may have to look into it for my mare. from spring to fall she is antsy, and acts lie life will kill her at any moment. AShe has also dragged me and a slue of other stupid things. once the worst of her cycles are over in october she is fine and "normal. then they pick up again in february/march (though its not unheard of for her to cycle in december).

I called my vet and picked up the shot today. I cost $40. Fingers crossed this helps her.
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To be honest, she is a grade mare. Thank you very much for the advice, but she isn't really a quality mare. So, I never intend to or will breed her.
That's a very valid and good reason not to breed her. The fact that depo can cause permanent sterility was the only reason I asked about breeding her instead of the shot, if she was a World Champion rare something or other, you wouldn't want to sterilize her. Like my mare that I used the depo on, permanent sterility isn't going to cause you any undo stress, Odie was much better off after about a year on the depo, when she just quit cycling all together.
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That's a very valid and good reason not to breed her. The fact that depo can cause permanent sterility was the only reason I asked about breeding her instead of the shot, if she was a World Champion rare something or other, you wouldn't want to sterilize her. Like my mare that I used the depo on, permanent sterility isn't going to cause you any undo stress, Odie was much better off after about a year on the depo, when she just quit cycling all together.
Do you think her age influenced her going sterile and that it may be less likely with a younger horse?
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Do you think her age influenced her going sterile and that it may be less likely with a younger horse?
I can't say for sure, Yogi. Before we tried it, the vet did warn us of the possibility, so I knew about it going in. I suspect it did influence how quickly she went sterile, because she was on the shots less than a year, and if younger I suspect we'd have been giving her the shots longer than that.

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