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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug. 12, 2002
    Zone 6

    Default Is there a Breeding 101 thread?

    I've been considering breeding my favorite mare on and off for a long time. There is supposedly a very good repo vet near me for help but otherwise this would be my first and I'm totally green.

    Where should I begin? Perhaps once I educate myself a little more, I'll change my mind.

    One question - what's the difference between fresh and frozen semen -besides the obvious

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul. 10, 2003
    It's not really mid nor west


    My first question about your favourite mare is how torn up you would be if you lost her in the course of breeding/gestation/foaling. Do you "need" her as a riding horse?
    Most pregnancies and foaling go fairly smoothly, but when things to wrong then can go south very quickly. There is always a risk that you aren't getting your mare (or a foal, for that matter) back at the end of the day.
    When I used to work at a breeding farm we foaled out 30-40 mares a year and it was not uncommon to lose 1 or 2 a year. Some years were super smooth, but sometimes no matter what you do things come apart at the seams. I remember one morning with a mare that had just foaled bleeding to death due to a ruptured uterine artery in one stall with a maiden mare trying to savage her foal in the stall across the hall, with people and the vet rushing back and forth trying to tranq and restrain one and stop the bleeding on the other and get colostrum to the babies, etc etc. It isn't always how it looks in the books.
    As Peter, Paul, and Mary say, a dragon lives forever.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug. 21, 2012


    I would contact your 'very good repo vet' and have a very long discussion with him/her about how to proceed. If that is the person you have chosen to work with, they should be able to provide every detail you need plus answer all of your questions and guide you through the entire process.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug. 11, 2008
    Northeast PA


    I am breeding my first this year, and I did address these questions with my vet. I would be heartbroken if I lost the mare, but having been a pro in a past life, can ride anything just about, so she's not irreplaceable.

    I will say that I do have her insured out the nose for mortality and major medical.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar. 11, 1999
    Clayton, CA USA


    One of the best breeding resources I know is There you will find many articles on breeding topics. There is also a Facebook group and a yahoo list moderated by Jos and Kathy, of equine-reproduction. Just about any question you have can be answered there.
    Mystic Owl Sporthorses

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