I have a 5 year old mare that I am considering breeding. I am just in the planning stages now. I used to work as a tech at a local SA hospital so I am used to medical work, just not breeding horses. The stallion I have chosen is only available fresh cooled semen so I will have to do AI.
I have only the one mare. No teaser, etc. Is it possible to breed her from my home farm without a teaser? What sort of hormonal manipulation can I expect to have to do? (I have a vet, just haven't started planning with her yet). What sort of costs can I expect beyond those paid to the stallion owner? (Vet fees, meds, etc).
Thanks in advance. This baby will be for me and I want to make sure everything runs smoothly as I only plan to do this once!
L&R Paints Posted From: 188.8.131.52
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 11:21 am:
We bred our maiden mare via AI last year. 2x with shipped semen and didn't take. Finally hauled her down to where the stallion was standing, they collected him and inseminated her on site. She is now 307 days. As to cost...each round of AI with shipped semen ran us approx $500 (including vet costs). The last round cost the most...because I left her there for almost 30 days as she wasn't coming home till I knew she was in foal! So I had a very expensive board bill on top of everything. All together, including stud fee...we've got about $3,000 tied up in this little bundle of joy!
twhgait Posted From: 184.108.40.206
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 11:58 am:
I did AI on my maiden last year and she took on the first insemination (with poor quality sperm I might add). I did take her to an equine reproduction specialist because she was a "silent heat" mare and didn't tease to anyone. Initially my own vet placed her on Regumate f/b leutalyse and followed her with ultrasounds-this didn't work for her at all. Then we took her to the clinic; they palapted her, shot her with leutalyse again, told us to bring her back in two days, she came back and had a huge follicle and she was bred, ovulated and discharged back to home. The trip to the specialist costed me about $450 and the semen cost me $125. I recommend going right to a specialist and possibly boarding her right there and letting them handle the details. It sounds like a lot of money, but it was less then I spent on my own vet trying to time her up that way. It is expensive and in the long run it will save you money to get things done right the first time (unlike me!).
Rooty Posted From: 220.127.116.11
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 12:43 pm:
We did AI on our maiden last year and we have no teaser. The only gelding we have is a donkey and no-one is turned on by him! Must be the scraggly tail. That and the fact it's very quiet at our place we rarely see a mare in heat. Luck was on my side for breeding Allie, though, she sneaked into a field that she shouldn't have been in and as I was trying to catch her she kept "winking" at me as she was running away. So I booked the vet 21 days later and sure enough she was in heat. She didn't take the first time due to bad timing, but caught the 2nd try.
TX Breeder Posted From: 18.104.22.168
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 01:01 pm:
I would urge you to choose a vet that is a repo specialist. Many vets talk about breeding, but do not have the experience and knowledge to handle all that breeding requires. They sound like they do, however....
I tease all of my mares even the AI mares. If you can have her where the stallion is standing, all the better. If not, your vet and the breeding station must have good communication involving the timing of shipping the semen. Is he a local stallion?
Following her follicle is important so that the semen is fresh and inseminated at the optimal time. Then, HCG can be used to trigger ovulation after insemination. Depending on the condition of the uterus, many other steps may need to be taken. Time is money, a specialist is well worth the money spent. Months can whiz by while you attempt insemination if all is not covered.
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