I'm breeding a mare to a TB stud in Canada, 500 miles north of me. She is TB and we want JC papers so it must be live cover. I am thinking that rather than leave her at the farm ($ 500 a month board) I may haul her back and forth. I am thinking gas and a hotel overnight would run me about $ 350. If I leave her for two+ weeks (until first ultrasound)and make the second trip up there to pick her back up, it will cost about $ 1,000 for gas and board. Thus, I could actually do about three trips for the live cover for the cost of the leaving her for just the first attempt to breed away from home. If she did not settle after three breedings I would probably hold the breeding over to '08 and breed something else to the stud, he is a winner for my breeding program. My plan would be to ultrasound at home with my vet (who is VERY reasonable on these charges), and when she is close to ovulating haul her the next morning(10 hour trip) breed her that night, stay two nights, and breed her in the morning before I leave. With luck I could get another dose of semen packed and bring it home. Check her with ultrasound when we get home and see if we should put the transported dose in her. Is this a crazy plan? If I get her settled on this first try I am way ahead, not to mention that I would like to continue training on this mare over the summer. If we dont get lucky on the first try, I might leave her on the second go around. She is a maiden mare, 3 year old. I've had good luck with these young ones on getting them settled on a first try. I would do a repro check before we left too. ANY AND ALL IDEAS ARE WELCOME!!!!
It's only a thought, but sounds like this to me. I also must travel a mare long distance this year,to have her bred . Leave her and have an ultra-sound done at day 20. In the long run, this will save money, and the "Did she take?"
Suzanne ~ I would definetly think about the stress involved with hauling a young horse 10 hours each way just to come back home and if she doesn't take having to do it all over again. I do not know your mare or her temperment but I would think about how much stress is worth the extra 500 bucks just to leave her for a month and get it over with? Just a thought to consider.... Good luck!
I would board her. You also forgot to include the money yuo will save on feed and hay while she is gone. $500 a month is way cheep! I get $1500 and that breaks me even, with feed, hay, vitamins, workers, workman's comp, etc......
I took a horse 400 miles to breed. The stallion successfully covered her and I had their vet ultra sound to make sure that she took. When it was reported that my mare was successfully bred and settled, I drove back over to pick her up. I have had lots of experience hauling and my horses don't mind being hauled. Just make sure that they are all vaccinated for the state's (or country's ) requirements. For me, this was better than having the sperm sent. It was costly for the container, vet's visit for AI, and also, in the vet's opinion, AI might not be as successfull as live cover. I now have a healthy foal and mare and for me it was a good option. Everyone has a different situation, so look at all of your possibilities and way out the pros and cons. good luck!
I forgot to mention that my mare was 18 years old and it was her second baby.
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