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  1. #1
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    Aug. 29, 2012

    Default Breeding the empty older broodmare fresh or frozen?

    Hi I am new to breeding and have an older mare who foaled out 2011 + 2012 but was left open. I want to breed her this year. She is 16 years old.

    Would you guys risk using frozen or do fresh this year and try frozen next year?

    Do mares tend to have better fertitlity rates being bred with a foal at their feet as opposed to open? I would love to hear your experiences with this.

    Thank you for all your valuable advice!!!

    Oh I know she was bred AI fresh both times and caught both cycles first try.

  2. #2
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    Feb. 19, 2005
    Ontario, Canada


    Why don't you get a uterine biopsy done before you breed the mare? It's not expensive and it will tell you about the condition of her uterus and her chances of carrying a pregnancy. I don't consider 16 to be that old and she's only had one year off. If her biopsy score is good, I would think that your chances are good. If you don't know if the mare's been bred with frozen or how she responds to frozen, I'd make sure that you have a theriogenologist who can monitor the mare and make sure that any inflammatory response to the frozen semen is managed. I have found that I have saved money in the long run by using a breeding specialist.

  3. #3
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    Aug. 29, 2012


    Ok great! I live 20 min away from a top repo vet so I will take her in and see what he thinks. I have heard story's about mares having time off and then never getting pregnant again. I wasn't sure if 1 year could do that lol

  4. #4
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    Aug. 29, 2012


    I was wondering what your guys opinion on fresh vs frozen are the chances the same now or better with a foal underfoot? Any experiences on this or is it the same chance with frozen now?

  5. #5
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    Mar. 4, 2004
    Louisville, KY


    I would say that it depends on the stallion. Some stallions' frozen is as good as fresh, but others are not so great. And some fresh is not the greatest either. But on a mare you're not sure about and trying to manage costs, I would choose a stallion with an LFG, which is most likely to be fresh, though you can find some offered frozen with LFG. That way you're not out $$$ if you're paying per frozen dose with no guarantee and she doesn't catch on the first cycle or two.
    *OMGiH I Loff my Mare* and *My Saddlebred Can Do Anything Your Horse Can Do*

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