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    Default Breeding with frozen

    So, I'm breeding a mare with frozen this spring.

    Beyond the normal questions one would ask a stallion owner using fresh semen, what are considered the "standards" of excellent semen quality/ good semen quality/ poor semen quality?

    Here is my starting list, please feel free to build on it (I'm looking to learn):

    motility
    abnormal sperm
    pregnancy rate frozen vs fresh

    Thanks.



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    When considering frozen I almost always place the recent experience of other mare owners above all else. Talk to others who have used the frozen semen, find out the dates they used it and when it was frozen (if possible), as well as what, if anything, they did to get a pregnancy. Talk to mare owners with a good deal of experience if you can. Sometimes "tried and true" frozen stallions can have an abrupt change in pregnancy rates. It really pays to do your homework on the specific stallion(s) you're thinking of using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derid View Post
    So, I'm breeding a mare with frozen this spring.

    Beyond the normal questions one would ask a stallion owner using fresh semen, what are considered the "standards" of excellent semen quality/ good semen quality/ poor semen quality?

    Here is my starting list, please feel free to build on it (I'm looking to learn):

    motility
    abnormal sperm
    pregnancy rate frozen vs fresh

    Thanks.
    The only question that really matters is...
    what is the FIRST CYCLE conception rate for the frozen semen.

    Motility is a nice thing to know, but in the end, you can have 45-55 % motility and have fantastic conception rates.
    "No matter how cynical I get its just not enough to keep up." Lily Tomlin


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    ......or you can have 80% motility, use the best vets and still not get pregnant the first time.
    What I have noticed is that frozen can get really expensive really fast if they don't catch first time. This is even with the LFG that sometimes comes with frozen.
    I'd say I was scared off frozen after last season's vet bills.



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