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Rebreeding after foaling

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nonenonenoneRiding a mare during the breeding weekclaudine benoit05-03-08  09:04 am
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Angela (198.164.98.108)
Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 09:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I hope this question is not redundant. I have a question about breeding a horse AI in her first heat cycle following foaling. Is there generally a better chance of her catching at that time, or a less chance that she will conceive then?
 

TSQH (198.107.233.26)
Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 02:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Generally the foal heat has the LEAST chance of conception. The only time when it is better to try to breed on the foal heat is in mares that have lacational anestrus. Ideally the foal heat is not ment for breeding, It is natures way of cleaning out the mare and getting her organs ready to be bred.(on the next heat or later)
 

Angela (142.166.254.37)
Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 05:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That is what my vet confirmed just now. However, as this mare is 17 and I have a rebreeding in my contract, I am hoping that maybe I can get her bred during the foal heat. We live in a place 12 hours away from the breeding farm so are using AI. Ultrasounds are difficult to get here, although I have a vet who will come and do it ($$). I guess I was just wishing.... :) WHo knows, maybe I will get lucky......
 

Kelly (63.172.47.188)
Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 05:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The chances for conception are 30% less on the foal heat. I would suggest that your vet delay her heat for 5 extra days. This will allow her a bit more time, and fit in with the breeding program. This is done all of the time, ask your vet about it.

I personally have good luck with breeding on the foal heat. Over weight mares seem to be the hardest to settle. Good luck and unless she has a particularly difficult foaling, I see no reason to not attempt breeding her on the foal heat.
 

Angela (142.166.249.50)
Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 09:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kelly, I am very ignorant on this topic, especially as I am an "amateur". How is the heat cycle delayed, hormones? Is this something that is widely used?
 

Kelly (63.172.47.213)
Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 09:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We all learn about these things from those that are willing to share! Have a look in the articles under the mare heading. There is a very good expalnation about delayed heat cycle. The more you know, the better you can communicate with your vet and breeder.

You ask good questions! Good luck.
 

Angela (142.166.249.84)
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2002 - 01:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kelly,

Right now, this mare is located a day's drive away. Am I better off to bring her home now (6 weeks before foaling) and rebreed her AI here, or leave here there to foal, be rebred then transport both mare and foal back? Lots of pros and cons to both. What is your gut instinct keeping in mind safety of all? My thought is to bring her home now as I am afraid of trailering a baby for that long a haul.......
 

Kelly (63.172.47.227)
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2002 - 02:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would bring her home. However, I have a good repro. vet close by. As long as you know that the stallion's semen ships well, and that they have had success with shipping semen all should be fine. It takes experience on both the sending and receiving end of A.I. for it all to work.

I make certain that my mares are where they are going to foal for at least 30 days before foaling. If she is at home, you can imprint and spend time with the foal. As you pointed out, there are pros and cons to both sides.

I would consider the expertise of the vet as the number one factor. Your mare is 17 and is best kept in foal. The farm may have better access to a repro. specialist. You could breed her there and take her home after 30 days checked in foal. They could also delay the heat cycle for her. If you take it easy, and have a nice trailer with bedding in it, a month old foal will ride well. Most foals will lay down in the bedding for a long trip.

The experience of the vet, and his location would be my deciding point. You need an experienced vet, not just a willing one!
 

Angela (207.179.149.154)
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 07:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kelly,
The vet I would "try" for the first heat cycle would be one that does some AI, but is not the top professional in the province. And I thought it would be better for mare and foal if she could do it on our property , rather than move them. SHe raises standardbreds (started breeding last year), but I thought that if this mare didn't catch then, I would take her to the vet clinic (two hours away) with her baby and have her done there. He is the big specialist in Eastern Canada. I have been reading some of the posts, and they are very informative!!! At least I have some terminology, and am learning what questions to ask of these vets.... What kind of horses are you breeding? Sounds like you have a huge place!
 

Angela (142.166.249.124)
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

She is home and doing well. I am very happy to have her here, where I can check on her several times a day! :)
 

Kelly (63.172.47.201)
Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 - 12:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

She is probably happy to be home! I have two mares here that will foal in the next 30 days. It is an exciting time. I own Quarter Horses myself, but I stand an Arabian stallion and a Mammoth Jack here for breeding. There are 10 stallions here, counting my own.

As you can imagine, it is an interesting time here during breeding season! Let us know how it all turns out.
 

Angela (198.164.98.206)
Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 - 04:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kelly, sounds too busy!!! I can't imagine a farm with ten stallions!!!! I don't think New Brunswick has any big horse farms. I have Qh's, too, and the mare I just bought is from Gab Quarter Horses in Quebec. Thanks for all your help!! :)



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