Hi, Just wanted to ask if anyone has any special tips about getting mares sucessfully in foal, most of mine will be with AI this year and over the past years i have had so many mares NOT become pregnant i thought someone may have some ideas (old wives tales are also welcome) My farrier always gives the mares beer before they are inseminated,not sure why????? My mares are under heat lamps,every day in the field,lights on them betwee 2 and 4 mornings and and and.....still my sucess rate isnt too high, thats explains also the mix up with Madonna,she was AI'd 4 times before she went to the stallion, my mare Miss Molly was AI'd 3 times and then sent to the stallion...I am starting to dread the ultrasound, vet visits and not to mention the cost!!!
This past year was my first experience with AI. Took on the third try and we did the following: 1. Worked with a vet whose passion is equine reproduction. Did a pre breeding workup. 2. No stud at where my mare resides so we put her next to a studdy gelding so that he would "tease" her. 3. Short cycled her to better predict ovulation. 4. Used a shot of the"settle" drug. 5. Ultra sound and good timing and inseminated at the optimum time. 6. Followed the insemination with a shot to make sure she ovulated (drug name, not sure?) Then followed the ocy/ protocol (Jos recommended!) 7. We are now at 214 days.
I know in sight of your recent loss and you recent triumph you are looking to do whats best. Make sure you get a culture and a cystology on your mare. Mine cultured clean but the other showed a bacteria and she was treated for that.
Cathy,what is deslorelin? I live in germany so can be called something else, what is in it?
My vet is supposed to be good, he used to work on the state stud but he is always anti using drugs so early in the season, last year we started early with Molly but she doesnt foal til June leaving me with very little time to get her covered this year (season end july 31) I will talk to my vet and see what we can do, we always do a full examination of the mares before breeding!
One mare i have now will NOT come into season ...she has heat lamps and lights..but nothing and i really want this to work as i have already paid for an expensive stallion for her for AI.
On the positive side Hebrea was sucessflly covered yesterday and will be again tomorrow if need be so fingers crossed!!
Desorelin is a drug which help to make a mare ovulate. Sort of like ovuplant without the implant.
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