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Mare takes very well live cover, won't take AI. Why??

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Kristin
Posted From: 68.81.164.242
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 11:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just bought a lovely paint mare that I would love to breed. She is already a proven broodmare with three healthy beautiful foals on the ground.
However, her previous owners have never had success getting her to take with AI(tried two diff seasons). When ever they used live cover however, she would immediately become pregnant.

So, is the problem with the vet doing the AI? With an additive in the seamen? Is the mare not fertile enough? Was the AI timed incorrectly? What could it be and is there any way I can fix the problem? Lots of stallion owners won't do live cover so it severly would limit my options in stallion.

I just can't figure out what could cause a problem like that since she is so fertile and takes so easily with live cover. Would it be worth trying her AI again with a reputable equine vet who does a lot of AI's. I have no idea what the calliber of the previous owner's vet was.
 

arablvr31
Posted From: 130.36.62.125
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 01:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wish I knew the answer to that question. I have a beautiful Arab mare that has the same issues. I've taken her to the leading reproductive vet in my area so she could be AI'd at the clinic, so everything could be perfect. No pregnancy. Finally we decided that maybe she just couldn't get pregnant any more.

A friend of mind had a young stallion that needed to learn to do live cover. We decided to use my mare (she was 18 at the time) to train him. We tried for the first time in March, thinking there was no way she'd take. What do you think? She took on 1 cover. Had a beautiful NSH colt 11 mos. later in the middle of a WI Feb. They both did great.

Now she's 21 and in foal again by live cover to a Morgan stallion, due in June (a much better time of year in WI).

It might be worth your while to take her to a good reproductive vet. However, there are some mares that just don't get pregnant with AI. I don't know why.
 

TX Breeder
Posted From: 199.3.209.106
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 02:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I can not stress enough the advantage to teasing the mare even with AI. I take a long time, and throughly tease the mare. It makes a difference when the sounds, smells, reactions are all working together. No matter how advanced medical technology becomes, you just can not replace mother nature.



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