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How many pregnancies did you try for and what...
Now that the 2011 breeding season is over lets talk about the season.
How many mares did you try to get pregnant? How many did you get pregnant? How many cycles did it take each mare to get pregnant? What was the biggest issue you dealt with when trying to get the mare(s) pregnant? Also if you could include the age of your mare(s) that would be helpful too. Was your weather normal or did that play a factor in the results?
I will go first.
I tried to get 6 pregnant. I did get all 6 infoal! Weather here went from a really WET spring to a super dry/hot June/July. But overall I do not think that played a role in my pregnancy results.
3 of them caught on the first cycle easy with no issues. They were all 11 yrs old and under.
1 took two cycles and with her she did not ovulate on time the first go around. Second cycle we used a drug to help her *let go* of the egg This mare was under 10 yrs old.
2 of them took three cycles. One mare had a foal at foot which was taking a lot out of her and she is getting older now. She is 15. The third cycle we flushed her after breeding and used Oxytocin. The other mare who took 3 cycles is 18 yrs old and has a couple cysts in her uterus and we also found out she needs to be on a thyroid supplement now.
I am happy with how the season ended, although I hope to get the mares pregnant 1or 2 cycles in 2012. 3 cycles puts my foals born too late into the year.
My mare is 18 and caught first try with chilled semen on her first cycle after foaling heat. The stud where she lives had 11 of 12 mares catch first time with a variety of frozen and chilled. The mares vary in age from 3 to 18.
The only mare that didn't get pregnant first cycle is notoriously difficult to get in foal. She scanned in foal after her second attempt and had a positive heartbeat scan but has subsequently slipped the foetus. She is being retired from broodmare duties and brought back into work as she is only young, 6 or 7 years old.
The weather was a very long, very cold winter followed by a hot, dry spring and a cool, wet summer. I don't think it played a part in whether the mares got pregnant or not.
The first mare is 16 years old with a foal by side. She took on the first try with cooled semen.
The second mare is 16 years old with a foal by side. She took the first try with fresh cooled, checked in foal at 18 days, slipped the foal by 35 days. She is on her second try with cooled semen and has checked in foal at 18 days. She is on regumate and hopefully will stay pregnant as it is too late to try again this year.
I bred three, and all three took first cycle.
One was barren (12 yrs old, last foal in 2010)Bred with Fresh , the other two were in their 30 day cycles post foaling. (10yr old- Frozen and 16yr old - Fresh)
Weather here has been strange, we had an endless spring then a really hot spell, and now it feels like fall.
I bred three with a very late start. The mares I bred had all been open for a couple years. First year in the PNW and the rain just didnt stop so it messed up my sense of timing. Started getting everyone done at the beginning of August. First mare (13 yrs)with frozen, everything went fine- she is a new mare for me so we'll wait and see. Second mare with fresh (20 yrs).. we had a string of bad luck for the past two years with her, so Im really hoping its a go. And the third mare (11 yrs)with frozen... she has not kept her embryos past the 45 day mark so we have her on regumate to see if that will help things. Since we may be moving 'again', I called it quits and let the mares that foaled this year have a break.
I bred quite a few mares. If I don't sell those foals, then I will leave quite a few open next year, but I had tons more people that wanted to buy the 2011 foals I had for sale than I actually had foals to sell them!
Everyone caught fine. I had a couple that needed a second cycle, but those were mostly because I tried too early in the year and I think they were still transitional.
I had one mare that I could not get in foal. She is imported, big show record, an absolutely fabulous mare. She is 10 years old, and her last foal is 4 this year. I have not been able to get her in foal since him. We cultured her last summer and found a psudamonas infection. Treated that, no dice on breeding, cultured again -- fungal infection. Vet thought she cleared it on her own, so tried to breed her this spring. Nothing. Cultured again -- still had fungal infection. Sent her to the vet's to be treated. Vet was haying -- treated, but not diligently. Brought her home, tried to breed. Nothing. Sent her with a friend to California to be worked on by her repro lady. Still had the fungal infection. Treated. Just go the biopsy results back yesterday..... IIb. I am heartbroken.
I had two bred after synchronizing both and only on one cycle. Both are pregnant. Both were maiden mares at 12 and 10 years old. Weather has been typical for the desert, HOT. I too bred my mares in May.
W bred 4 and all 4 took on first cycle. A first for us.
3 year old - fresh; bred in April - Maiden
12 year old - fresh; bred in April - Open
6 year old - frozen; bred in May = cycle after 30 day. folicles at 30 day didn't look right so we skipped.
6 year old - fresh; bred in June = short cycled after foal heat
We usually use all frozen so this is a first for us breeding with 3 fresh. Time will tell next year if the fresh foals sell as well as the frozen. A proof of concept year for us.
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We tried with 4 but only have 2 confirmed in foal (in the 2 week wait with a 3rd)...weather here was really wet then really hot and dry. All mares currently have a foal at foot.
1st mare (13 yrs old) took 2 tries with frozen, due 5/28/12
2nd mare (10 years old) took first try with fresh, due 6/27/12
3rd mare (16 years old) tried 3 times with fresh then switched stallions (also fresh) and we are awaiting her preg check (fingers crossed!!). If she's pregnant this time, she'll get next year off. She's never been a problem breeder before and I was so hoping for a full sister to this years colt that I LOVE...
4th mare (18 years old) tried once with frozen then she shut down and was not cycling and it was already late so we will start early next year, possibly even do ET.
Its interesting that most of the people posting have had good luck this breeding year and most of them have used fresh, chilled semen. Is this just conincidence? Are there any frozen breeders on the board willing to add their experiences to this thread?