I wish to breed my 15 year old mare. Should I select a local stallion and breed with live cover , or could AI be successful? What is the difference between using frozen or cooled semen? And what is the approximate veterinary cost involved?
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2001 - 09:41 pm:
As long as you have an efficient veterinarian and the mare is "breeding sound", there is no reason why you cannot successfully use transported semen on this mare.
There are articles that discuss the various differences between cooled and frozen semen and the use of AI available on this site by clicking here and here.
It is impossible for me to predict veterinary costs as they can vary considerably between veterinary practices, so I would suggest that you discuss this portion of your question with your vets.
Hi, I read that your 15-year-old mare is a maiden one. So you must keep in your mind that old maiden mares usually have problems of endometrial fibrosis. This affection, of course, is one of the leading causes of embryonic and fetal losses. For this reason, you should discuss with your veterinarian who could practice an endometrial biopsy to assess the capacity of the endometrium to receive the conceptus(5 to 6 days after fertilization the ovum reaches the uterine lumen) and to maintain a live individual to term. Once this is done, you can think of the way to breed your mare (naturally or via artificial insemination), although there are a lot of advantages in choosing AI (you can also discuss this with your vet). I hope I have helped you. Please tell me if you're satisfied or not.
Posted on Monday, April 16, 2001 - 09:17 pm:
Just a word of encouragement...I bred my 19 year old maiden mare by AI and she took on the first cycle. She did have some fluid in her uterus, but was cleared up quickly. If you have a competent breeding facility or vet handle the semen, you should have no problems.
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2001 - 11:03 am:
IT WOULD BE MUCH MORE ECONOMICAL AND ALMOST 100% SUFFUCIENT IF YOU DO LIVE CONVERAGE FOR HER FIRST TIME. THERE IS ALOT OF PREPARATION AND PRECISE TIMING THAT GOES INTO A/I. AND IF YOUR MARE IS MAIDEN THIS MAY BE A HARD GAME TO PLAY FOR HER FIRST FOAL. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND LIVE COVERAGE FIRST AND THEN A/I THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2001 - 01:51 pm:
I live cover most all of my mares, but have shipped semen from my stallion. With diligence and knowledgeble handling, either process can be successful.
You will spend money with both of these processes. Unless you are breeding the animals yourself, there are expences involved with live cover beyond the stallion fee. It all adds up. I will take exception to the comment that live cover is almost 100% sufficient. Live cover, as with A.I., is only as good as the timing.
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