I chose a wonderful Shire stallion to breed my Shire mare to in 2004 - she didn't take after 3 breedings though (1 AI, 2 LC). She has a 2b uterus and had reoccuring strep z infections. Treated each time and Caslicked her this fall after a clean culture/cytology. The stallion passed away later that season. Now I am planning for 2005. I can either use a 2 year old son of that stallion (I would not be sacrificing quality & it would be under the same stallion contract as I had) or try a different, proven stallion that I also like very much and the owner has been wonderful. I'd have to do AI with him (I'm not up for a 17 hour drive to do LC). Which do I chose?
I also am considering sending my 2 mares to a Theriogenologist. I have used my own vet - who is wonderful and seems to do everything correctly according to protocol. I have had no luck with either of my 2 mares though (in 2 seasons). Would it be beneficial for me to take them to a specialist? I am near MSU and have worked with Dr. Carleton during this time - she handled the stallion collections and she has been very good to work with.
Advice - please? Which stallion and which vet???
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