Okay - here goes - I've never used frozen semen before and will be breeding back an older mare (20 yr TB) this summer. She is currently due in June - plan is to breed her in July. I will be taking her to a vet facility that is experienced in handling frozen semen (if I go this route).
The stallion that best suits her is only available frozen. What questions do I ask of stallion owner? What do I need to know as a mare owner?
My mare hadn't been bred in 14 years before this past summer. Long story/short version - I've only had her 3 years and spent first year clearing up systemic infection from thrush (she came with it!); the second year clearing up uterine infection (that was fun - we now have a caslick to prevent manure leakage!); and then this past summer, she was bred via live cover to a 16 yr old TB stallion. The first cover resulted in an infection (she wasn't flushed by vet after cover) but she caught on second breeding. She does have a Grade II uterus but vet wasn't concerned with her ability to carry (and he has a personal / emotional attachment to mare).
She appears to be sailing through this pregancy with flying colors (fingers crossed big time). She is due around mid-June, so will be breeding back in July.
I'll be talking to the vet in 2 weeks (hauling a horse up to clinic for someone else so while I'm there...) but would really appreciate some guidance here so that I have a better understanding of the whole frozen process and know what questions to ask.
Thanks in advance - sorry for the LONG post.
Edited to add: sorry - wrong forum - this is my first time here and I didn't scroll down to check forum headings. And have NO clue how to move this to the Frozen Semen forum. This is what being up 20 straight hours does to the brain!
(Message edited by chevalrouge on March 05, 2006)
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