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Hey guys,

If you've been following my threads, you've seen I have plans to breed in 2011 if things go the right way for me. I think my mare is a maiden (although I am not 100% sure). She has been auctioned off a few times so I do not have a list of all her owners to figure out "what she's been through".

Before I even think about breeding her I will take her to my vet (who happens to have a breeding specialist and an AI clinic..) to see if she is healthy enough to carry a foal, or even the ability.

So, I want an egg biopsy done. How much do you think this will cost me? Are there any other tests I should have them run? I would like to know the average costs.. I want to assure myself I have the money behind it also.

Thanks everyone!
 

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I would contact the vet you intend to use and ask them as they will be able to tell you what their rates for that service are and they may vary quite a bit from the rates others have encountered.
 

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So why do you figure you need an egg biopsy done?

We breed our 10 year old maiden mare ........we just did a standard breeding exam and that was on her heat cycle ......everything was fine......breed her 36 hours later and was confirmed in foal at 14 days.

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Exactly why do you think you need to have an egg biopsy done?

Was this recommended by a repro specialist? If so, what did they say was the purpose of having one done?

Really, the egg is only half the equation. If you don't know the stallion's chromosomal makeup, then what do you hope to gain from looking at your mare's unfertilized egg?
 

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Maybe she means uterine biopsy? Maybe an idea to check for infections etc. would have thought a normal breeding exam would be fine - they will check if there is any fluid in her uterus and over all health, you also need your swabs and blood tests done, as does the stallion - which he should have done routinely anyway every breeding season.
 

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It was suggested that I have an egg biopsy done. I will avoid it at all cost, lol, but I just want to make sure my mare is fertile, and that is sound enough to breed & carry a foal. :)
 

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That is not at all the norm and is not something I would just have done to do. Plus it would not be easy.

What you will need to have done is get a culture and a uterine biopsy. Those are the norm and past that there is not much more that needs to be done. If you need anything more then that then do not breed your mare. The cost will out way what you will end up with unless your mares in on the high end.
 

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Thank you, nrhreiner. I know the costs vary due to the vet you use, but has anyone had these procedures done on their mares, and are you willing to share how much it cost? Thanks. :)
 

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Phillip, the reason people are questioning you is because none of us have heard of having an egg biopsy done prior to breeding.

I'd be curious to know the name of the repro vet who recommended it.

It truly serves no purpose in determining your mare's fertility, as far as I'm aware.

As Nrh stated, a culture and uterine biopsy will determine if your mare's uterus is healthy enough to sustain a viable pregnancy.

Usually, the only reason a vet would recommend an egg biopsy is to determine whether or not there are any genetic abnormalities present. But the tests are usually done with an already fertilized egg, not an unfertilized one.

You can spend your money as you see fit, but I don't really see why your repro vet is recommending the procedure.
 

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It was not recommended by a vet, but by another forum member. If a culture and a uterine biopsy is all I need, then I will have it done.
 

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Keep in kind that while a Egg Biopsy is normal in humans with Reproduction problems it is not done normally with horses and would be on the invasive side. Collecting eggs in horses is done normally for ET purposes but again not at all the norm.

Depending on what your vet charges you can expect to pay between $100-$250 give or take for a culture and Biopsy.
 

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Depending on what your vet charges you can expect to pay between $100-$250 give or take for a culture and Biopsy.
$100-$250 for one procedure, or is that the cost of the culture+biopsy together?

**Thank you for all your help. It is much appreciated! :)
 

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That is together around here. It will also depend on if you haul your mare in or the vet comes to you. Your best bet would be to call your vet that you are going to use and just ask for the cost to have a culture and biopsy done. They are something that is a normal thing and they will have a set price. If your mare is young and maiden I would just start with a Culture. If she comes back clean I would not worry about the other. Again your vet can help you more at to what you should do with your mare in this area. This is just the norm for me and since I can do just about all my AI work it is more cost effective for me to work this way.
 

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That is together around here. It will also depend on if you haul your mare in or the vet comes to you. Your best bet would be to call your vet that you are going to use and just ask for the cost to have a culture and biopsy done. They are something that is a normal thing and they will have a set price. If your mare is young and maiden I would just start with a Culture. If she comes back clean I would not worry about the other. Again your vet can help you more at to what you should do with your mare in this area. This is just the norm for me and since I can do just about all my AI work it is more cost effective for me to work this way.
I would haul her, and I am not sure if she is a maiden. According to her coggins papers, she is 12 years old [1998], is this considered young? Thanks again.
 

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Pricing for very specific procedures is best gotten from the vet you plan on using.

Different vets bill very differently.

Your vet will also be able to guide you towards what tests/procedures they think your mare will need to determine her breeding soundness.
 

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I'd just like to add my "ditto" here -

Standard for a maiden mare is a breeding exam and a culture. I would of course defer to your vet, but I'm not even sure the uterine biopsy is necessary.

It would depend on the vet's impression of the breeding exam and a negative culture, but with an otherwise healthy maiden mare of her age, I wouldn't think the biopsy is necessary. Unless the vet sees something that makes him think she can't maintain a a healthy pregnancy, I think it's optional.

Find out the cost of the procedure from the vet, and then do your own risk/benefit analysis - if there's less than a 20% chance that she has a problem, and the procedure costs $250., (I made those numbers up, btw) is it worth it to you.
 

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Typically the stallion owner will determine the tests they want from the mare.

OP - You mentioned her age was on her coggins. Your mare is not registered? How would you know if you are breeding her to a relative?
 
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