I just have a question regarding travelling mares long distances after being AI... We live 600kms from our nearest AI vet & we have a young mare we would like to AI. We have spoken to the vet & due to the lack of agistment facilities at the centre we were going to try to take the mare down to be AI then bring her home the day after or whenever she gets the all clear from the vet, then take her back for her preg scan at 14-16 days.
My question is would travelling her in this period directly after being AI & early in the gestation period (if she does go in foal) would that jeopardize the liklihood of her firstly going in foal and/or possibly loosing the embryo if she is in foal when we travel her back & forth for the preg scan??? The trip is around 7 hrs one way- we stop a few times to spell them & would give her a couple of days before returning home.
I think I remember reading somewhere that it isn't recommended traveling long distances until the embryo is implanted (not floating around)
I personally have no clue. I'll just say that I would not do it personally before at least 16 days (and preferably after 35 days), but it might not be an issue at all. I hope others have some insight for you.
The travel itself is unlikely to be an issue as was demonstrated in research that checked hormonal levels of pregnant mares being shipped, however...
Some other research demonstrated that working mares in hot weather can significantly reduce pregnancy rates during the early embryonic period. While I recognize you are not working the mare, the issue with this research was the internal temperature of the mare being elevated and that most certainly can happen during transport if the mare gets hot owing to hot ambient temperature or her getting worked up (or both).
The answer to your question therefore will depend upon the individual mare and the ambient temperatures. If she is not a good traveller and/or if it is very hot weather, then there could be a distinct risk. If you have not choices, then travelling during the night might be of benefit.
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