Hi! I am new at breeding and I may try to breed my 2 year old filly next year (will be 3 in 2003). The most interesting stallions are all offered through frozen semen. Did some of you tried to breed a maiden mare with frozen? What is the average conception rate? Any suggestion or advice will be helpful. Thanks!
Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 - 03:49 pm:
Hi, Just my opinion on the matter you may want to wait and see how she takes with live cover before spending the time and money into frozen. Since she is very young and is maiden, you do not know how she will take and it may be a very spendy investment. I have although seen maiden mares take great on frozen semen, but I haven't any experience breeding a mare so young at only 3. In my experience I would wait until at least 4 or 5 for them to mentally and physically develop first. Frozen semen breeding is a risky business and there is no guarantees on how the mare will take from any year to year. That is also true with any and all aspects of breeding. But frozen can also be very expensive to invest in. The price of semen doses themselves are very affordable but you will have to consider there is no live foal or conceiving guarantee and the vet bill is going to depend dramatically on how good the vet is at what he/she does, timing it precisely, and if and when the mare will take. As well as what breeding condition the mare is in. Also consiter asking the farm you are getting the semen on the stallion from how his conseption rate or sperm count is for his sperm.
Everyone hopes for mares to take on the first or second breeding try but you have to consider that it may take many breeding tries to impregnate her and with every try there is money involved. If your heart is truly set on breeding this mare and with frozen semen , talk to your vet and have her thoroughly evaluated and try and set a chart of your budget and what it will cost you in the long run. Also consider buying multiple dose straws to keep handy. You can always store what you don't use for the next season. What ever you decide good luck!
Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 - 03:51 pm:
Sorry I miss typed in my message I meant 'Fresh semen' not 'live cover'
I have just bred two 3 year olds to Chilled semen and one went in on the first try and the other went in on the second try. But that is with chilled and not frozen semen. But as they have only just turned three it shows that they can be just as fertile as some older horses. But a good vet examination before you start is definately recomended.
Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2003 - 11:04 pm:
You must decide what you want to breed the mare for. If you want to try for specific traits or bloodlines you may have to choose frozen. Large and reputable studs keep very good records of conception rates of the stallions that are breed to mares that are approved for breeding in the respective breed registry. Obviously, some do not or do not advertise the results. As far as conception rates go, if done corectly, frozen semen is quite good. Statistics for the stallions I use have about a 60% conception rate on the first dose (8 straws); therefore the stud always recommends buying 2 doses to improve your odds. Keep in mind the quality of the mare will drastically affect these results in small samples. A young mare should prove to be a very good position to be in for any type of breeding, frozen or live cover.
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 11:08 am:
i breed Danish Warmbloods and since there are only 2 stallions in the US and neither is right for my mares, i use only frozen. this year i will be breeding my 4 year old for the first time using frozen. i actually prefer frozen because i live in the boonies and even though we have a commercial airport many of my neighbors have had trouble with transportation. with frozen when my mare is ready all i have to do is put the straws in the water bath and inseminate. the stallions i use have great conception rates and are offered with modified live foal guarantee. ie for the stud fee you get 4 doses and if no foal or doesn't stand and suckle then right of return following year.
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