We have been breeding with frozen semen for the past 3 years. Everything has gotten in foal the first time EXCEPT for when we bred 2 of our maiden mares. They missed the first cycle and caught the second time and everytime since then.
We are again breeding 2 maiden mares again this year and wonder if there is something 'extra' we need to know about breeding maiden mares? Should we possibly flush them first? I'd hate to do that in the possibilty we introduce something. I thought maiden mares were some of the best candiates for breeding because of the fresh uterus.
Any ideas??? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! The maidens, for us, always catch on the second try and thereafter but that first breeding is expensive with frozen. Almost like throwing that dose away and we'd like to prevent that.
We also use a teaser stallion to keep things as natural as possible.
We have a Trakehner mare, who we had tried to breed 9 times. She is 9, and we first started when she was 4, again when she was 7, and now she is 9. Tried three different stallions, semen was good, timing was great. Finally, got her in foal on the 10th try, following the Oxytocin Protocal on this site I highly reccomend it.
Well... seeing as the average conception rate for mares is 58%, and for frozen semen a little lower at about 50%, it looks as though you were right on the money statistics-wise with the maidens, and ahead of the game overall!
Other than good breeding soundness examinations, and of course timely breeding, the only other thing you might want to consider, and that we do as a matter of routine with frozen semen, is the use of oxytocin, as mentioned by Samantha. If they're young, healthy mares, then the entire oxytocin protocol may not be called for (follow that link for the article), but a couple of treatments with oxytocin may well be beneficial.
We have religously followed your oxytocin protcol since we first started with frozen. I think it is the BEST precaution ever!!!
Maybe it was just the year and this year will be different.
Thank you all for replying!!!
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