Items

Forums
 
Should You Spay Your Mare From Breeding
 By Winniefield Park   •   26th Nov 2015   •   1,948 views   •   0 comments
Should You Spay Your Mare From Breeding

Gelding male horses is a common procedure. There are many advantages including a more predictable temperament, preventing unwanted breedings and may result in increased growth for the individual. If gelding a horse has benefits wouldn’t it make sense to be able to do the same for mares? Mares can have a reputation for being moody, especially in the spring, it would eliminate the temptation to breed a mare and perhaps produce a foal that would contribute to the ‘unwanted’ horse problem, and may have some effect on growth as well. Is there a similar procedure to gelding for a mare? After all, spaying and neutering companion animals such as cats and dogs is common and encouraged. Unfortunately the answer is no.

Gelding is a fairly uncomplicated and inexpensive surgery. The reproductive organs that are removed are close to the body surface and can be done at the animal’s home, rather than having to take it to a clinic or hospital. Recovering and healing is relatively fast. Spaying, as removing a mare’s reproductive organs is called, is more complicated, has more risk for complications and the horse will take much longer to heal after the surgery. Male horses are capable of producing many foals in any given year, but mares are capable of only producing one foal every year, so being able to easily geld a young stallion is a very good thing as a means of population control. Spaying a mare to prevent offspring isn’t likely to be a driving reason behind putting a mare through such a surgery.

Related; Five Reasons Not To Breed Your Mare
Related; Backyard Breeders Blamed For Spike In Equine Population
Related; Solving the Problem of Unwanted Horses

Spaying in mares is also called an ovariectomy, because it involves removing only the ovaries, and not the uterus as is done to dogs and cats. When it is done, it is to correct undesirable hormone driven behaviour or remove ovarian tumors or abscesses that can cause hormone and health problems that can’t be resolved by medication or training. Because the ovaries are deep within the abdominal cavity, surgery is very invasive, there is a chance of internal bleeding, healing is slower than with gelding and infection can more easily occur. The surgery is also far more expensive than gelding.

In the last decade a technique called laparoscopy is making the surgery easier and less risky. Not all vet clinics will have the resources for laparoscopy, but the benefit of this technique is that veterinarians are able to see what they are doing and are able to spot and treat any unwanted bleeding resulting from the procedure. This is an improvement over older methods, but it is still major surgery, there is still chance of infection, and the horse may have obvious scars, depending on how the surgery is done. Recovery time for a mare, regardless of the surgical method used can be up to three weeks.

Compared to having to give mares with hormone problems synthetic hormones for years, which also can cause problems for humans that come in contact with the drug, or putting up with a horribly mare-ish mare, spaying may be the answer. For simply preventing reproduction however, even though it would ensure a mare could never have a foal, the surgery is too costly and risky to do routinely.
 More News by Winniefield Park
Milton Therapy Horses in Neglected Condition
23rd Jul 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Local residents near Milton, West Virginia discovered therapy horses that have helped humans for years were themselves in dire need of rescue. A local riding stable that kept a number of therapy horses was the scene of a rescue ef ...
Fourth of July Top PonyBox Horses
18th Jul 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
*M Legacy has surpassed the venerable Alpha Mare to capture the top rank for Mirky In A Box stable. At age 14, her rank is the culmination of a meteoric rise as a 5 year-old ranked 20,058 to the top 1000 horses as a 6 year-old. Sh ...
Smallest Horse in World Abandoned
17th Jul 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
After being rejected by his mother, the smallest horse in the world, Peabody, was faced with a bleach future. At six weeks old, he was only 19 pounds, much smaller than foals of his breed and age. But thanks to his adoptive mom, a ...
Batman the Shetland Pony Gets Plastic Shoes
16th Jul 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Batman the pony is finding the hard ground painful for his hoofs. But shoeing very tiny Shetland Pony hooves can be tricky. So this pony, named for his unique coat markings, has received some very special shoes to protect his feet ...
Riding to School on Horseback
14th Jul 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Most students walk or get on a bus to get to their school. But that wasn’t always the way things were. There was a time when kids walked quite a long way to get to their school. And, if the distance was very great, some would ride ...
Alpha Mare Profile by Mirky In a Box
11th Jul 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Mirky In a Box is holding onto their top ranking and the 16.3 hand, 15th generation Thoroughbred mare, Alpha Mare is leading this stable’s pack. Alpha Mare, born June 5, 2021, wears the *TOP* brand and was bred by osttt. She’s be ...
Queen Uniek and Adopted Foal Outside Together First Time
10th Jul 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
How is it going with orphan foal and adopting mare Queen 👑 Uniek? Well, the powerful looking Friesian mare and her babe were turned out together for the very first time. Uniek displays some serious mom-skills and is very p ...
Japan Tokyo Olympics Horse Feed Team
9th Jul 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Preparing for an Olympic games is a huge undertaking with most participants working behind the scenes. The US Olympic equestrians have the power of the Kentucky Equine Research® centre behind them, helping with the essential, but ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
 
©2002 - 2021   PonyBox LLC Create Account Advertise Terms Privacy Contact Us
146 Members Online 270,751 Registered Members 2,919 News Articles 12,587,717 Unique News Article Views 302,337,413 Website Views