Hi I'm just chiming in on the horse abortion issue because I think a lot of people have the wrong idea. Pretty sure the anon who said it was inhumane was referencing a study on HUMANS because I can't find anything like that for horses. What's usually done late-stage is one or two injections of lutalyse and then larger quantities of saline. Its just an induced stillbirth and there are almost never adverse reactions from the mare. No more traumatic or dangerous than a normal stillbirth.
I also did my research.
"TERMINATION OF UNWANTED PREGNANCY For a variety of reasons a veterinarian might be called to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Twins and obvious fetal monsters may be clear indications, plus dam considerations which would make carrying a foal to term a dangerous option. Owners sometimes elect to terminate healthy pregnancies due to undesirable matings. It is valuable to review techniques of pregnancy termination since they depend on the endocrinology of pregnancy maintenance.
- Day 0 to 5- Essentially impossible, since the CL is refractory to prostaglandins. Saline lavage is ineffective since the embryo is still in the oviduct.
- Day 5 to 35-Single luteolytic dose of prostaglandin is effective. Mare should cycle back normally, and can be rebred.
- Day 35 to 160-After formation of the endometrial cups, response to a single dose of prostaglandins is variable, but repeated doses (sid or bid for 3-5 days) should be effective before day 70. Return to cyclicity is variable given due to presence of the endometrial cups. Estrous cycles may be irregular. As pregnancy advances, efficacy of prostaglandin will continue to decrease as the placenta becomes the primary source of progestogens.
- Day 160 to 310-Neither prostaglandins (lutalyse) nor corticosteroids will induce abortion during this period. Oxytocin does not become effective until after day 310.” - forum
“Procedures become more complicated and dangerous as pregnancy progresses.Once the safety of the mare comes into question it is probably advisable to allow her to foal and either have the foal euthanized or find a willing adopter.” -site
“Severe localized clostridial infections associated with injection of LUTALYSE have been reported. In rare instances, such infections have resulted in death… Mares should not be treated if they suffer from either acute or subacute disorders of the vascular system, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory system, or reproductive tract.” -site
I can’t find anything about what the anon was talking about either. Late term abortions has it’s risks, and since she was 60 days or less from foaling when I took her in, It was just best for her to have her foal. I included the part where it says it should not be used for things like problems with their respiratory system and reproductive tract, because (according to my ex-neighbor/her old owner) Millie had a “broken uterus” and he could never get her to carry a foal, so there’s probably some issue in there but as of right now I’m not positive about that. Hence, why he said she was “useless” and left her. But that’s why I was iffy about thinking she was pregnant, cause I knew she had a past of infertility. It’s kind of funny though, cause he left and she has a baby that he’s tried to get her to carry for YEARS. I never even considered aborting baby Houdini, cause I was prepared to take care of him no matter what. I love my babies.