I have two different mares who I have bred to the same local outside stallion. The first mare (foal at side), went was bred and came back empty. I sent her back to the stud and she settled the 2nd time. This year we sent a different mare(foal at side) and she came back empty as well. Both times the stallion owner has the vet check the mares, and then breeds when the timing is best. But she also gives them a shot after each insemination to ensure they ovulate. Is this neccesary and always helpful? I am wondering what is going on? Also the outside stallion is aged, and I have recently heard rumor that he has settling problems. This troubles me, since each time they collect and inseminate they charge me another $150. Plus $12.50 a day mare care, and have the vet out every other day. It is getting spendy! Which if my mare is the problem that is one thing, but what if the stallion is the problem? Any info or advice would be helpful. I might also add that both mares had foals at side by other stallions, that were both conceived on first covers. And the first mare was bred back to another stallion this year and took on the first cover.
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