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post #1 of 6 Old 05-12-2014, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Question Thoughts on recip mares ?

I have a 8 year old Appendix Mare that I have been trying to find a "good" home for.
We love her very much and have not been able to find her a good loving home. Now someone contacted me from on old add I had on dream horse. I thought the add had expired.
She does have high ring bone on her right hind pastern.
No one else seems to be interested in her.
We really want to find her a new home.
My question to the forum is, what kind of a life would she have as a recip mare at a breeding ranch in Burlington WI ?
I don't know if I should let her go or not.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-12-2014, 09:01 AM
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Most of them have a pretty good life, as they have an important job. If they weren't well cared for, they couldn't do that job.
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Most of the recip mares I've seen have been very well cared for. They charge a pretty penny for the use of one of those mares (if they're in a repro center herd) and they get the best of everything. With the costs of flushing your own mare, stud fees and all the advance repro procedures used to get an embryo to implant in a recip mare, it wouldn't make sense not to care really well for them.
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I can only speak for what I've seen, which wasn't here in the US. I bought a former recipient mare, out of a university program herd. it's government- run, so rules in a private facility could be different.
There they live in a herd, large paddock, are being fed hay and a little grain, being handled daily, mostly by students. They lease the mares to the future foal owner, have no influence how the mare is treated there. Not all return.
They also have to cull every year, professor believes it's too risky once a mare is over 12, and if course the ones that didn't take. They are being sold to anybody who comes up with the equivalent of 400$.
The personnel is trying their best to find appropriate and loving homes, but can't always influence enough.

As I stated, that wasn't here, and not private.

I hope you'll find her a perfect home soon
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-13-2014, 11:17 AM
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Friends of my family used to do a lot of embryo transfers in the 80's. I once asked what happened to the mares after they weaned the foals. Most are sent to the closest auction or even directly to slaughter.
I do however know of a few that were used year after year and retired in their mid 20's. Shalom
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-13-2014, 10:09 PM
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I currently work at an equine reproduction facility (private) our recips are very well taken care of. The owners who lease the mare to carry an embryo pay a lot of money ( around 2000-4000) so they time they spend off the facility is good for them too. Would you spend that kind of money and then risk losing the foal to negligence? After so many years though they do have to be sold as younger horses are best, and we do try to get good homes but sadly not all do. So it's a gamble for their old age.
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