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  • a few neurotic questions

    My 4 yr old Balta Czar mare is currently at the local vet clinic and is getting bred tomorrow to Sir Gregory. (fresh cooled) I'm very excited. However, I also cannot sleep because I'm worried about a few silly things. Hope you guys don't think I'm a complete moron, but how do they typically keep track of semen viles? What if the wrong semen is put into the wrong mare? Are the viles labeled individually as to their corresponding stallion? There is a little QH mare, (being bred to a QH sire) at the clinic being AId tomorrow as well. Yikes.
    I'm also concerned about another thing. Is it normal for a mare to be sedated during the actual AI procedure? My vet doesn't hesitate to sedate whenever she treats a horse. Would that have any adverse affect on my mare during breeding? My vet is actually a surgeon, and a very good one. She does not specialize in reproduction but I chose to use her anyway. We don't have alot of choices in this area and my comfort level with my vet is important to me. Guess I just need a bit of COTH hand holding! Thanks for your kind support, guys.

  • #2
    First, calm down

    I would not worry about the semen getting mixed up - of course there are stories of where it's happened, but those are few and very far between. Things are labeled, and I'm sure your vet will be very careful to keep everything straight. My vet specializes in repro work, so there are tons of containers coming in and out of his clinic all the time, and I've never had an issue.

    As far as the sedation, my vet gives every mare Dormosedan as SOP before palpating, breeding, or ultrasounding, and I've never had any issues with it. I don't think every vet does that, but lots do.

    Fingers crossed that your mare takes - good luck!
    Friday's Child Farm


    • #3
      Vials. Lets hope its not vile.

      Otherwise, I have no suggestion other than to have a cocktail.
      "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
      The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


      • #4
        If your vet is more comfortable tranqing your mare - then you need to let her do it.

        I can't think of any adverse effects from being tranqed during insemination.

        You are going to have to trust your vet to read the vial before she puts the contents in the mare.

        All will be well Barb. Deep breaths! Lots of wine!
        "No matter how cynical I get its just not enough to keep up." Lily Tomlin


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by EqTrainer View Post
          Vials. Lets hope its not vile.

          Otherwise, I have no suggestion other than to have a cocktail.
          oops- I meant VIAL!! It's 7:30 am here, too early for a cocktail I suppose


          • #6
            Actually it comes in syringes<smile> ...large ones! Usually two, one for back up. And Jennifer at Dreamscape sends everthing well labeled and with a sheet of info on the semen. Shipper, syringes and forms will all say the name of the stallion on them.
            Normal to worry...deep breath as other have said....
            And if the mare is even a little fussy or tense the sedation will made the procedure easier on her...and the Vet!
            Breeder of Quality and Colour
            Tobiano Pinto Sporthorses


            • #7
              Jennifer slaps a huge sticker on each syringe (its actually a 60 cc syringe...at least when I bred to Banderas). The sticker has the stallions name, their sperm motility, and "I think IIRC" the date they were collected.

              Yes your mare will probably be sedated, my girl was at least and it had no effect on her, she took first cover, ovulated right inbetween doses (Jennifer also includes two doses).

              I have a nice little bruise on my hip from being too close to the resulting filly during play time


              • #8
                We don't sedate for palps, insemiations or live cover, but I don't see anything wrong with it if your vet wants to - should not affect the procedure.

                Good luck and try not to worry so much - this is the EASY part! Wait until you are on foal watch lol!