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Ok, From The Beginning...

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  • Ok, From The Beginning...

    When I bred TB's I dropped the mare off at the stallion station. They did everything. And quite frankly, I have no idea what they did, I just know I got a baby horse out of it each year apparently THEY knew what they were doing, and did it well

    So today I found out that a mare I have been interested in for quite some time may become available for me to lease and breed. This spring and I have no idea where to start.

    I'd like to think the answer is to call my vet but I'm not sure she's into repro and isn't that a specialty? FWIW I think the stallion I am interested in comes frozen or cooled and the mare is a maiden.

    Is there a FAQ for this somewhere?!! Help!
    "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.

  • #2
    breeding at home

    Pretty simple really. Call your vet. Let them know your plans, and start to monitor your mares cycle. The farm thal has the stallion should be able to offer you assistance/education. The vet will have to handle the semen end, be it frozen, or cooled. If the Vet you use isn't qualified, you will be ref'd to one that is. Note: breeding this way can be more costly than live-cover, as it often takes a few tries. Good luck.


    • #3
      EqTrainer's To Do List:
      1) Ask local breeders and find out who the"'go to" repro vet is in your area.
      2) Call them and let them know of your plans, tell them about the mare and where the stallion is located.
      3) Check out Kathy's Equine Reproduction web site
      4) Become obsessed with checking this forum on a daily basis.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Mozart View Post
        EqTrainer's To Do List:
        1) Ask local breeders and find out who the"'go to" repro vet is in your area.
        2) Call them and let them know of your plans, tell them about the mare and where the stallion is located.
        3) Check out Kathy's Equine Reproduction web site
        4) Become obsessed with checking this forum on a daily basis.
        What Mozart said. I would move #3 up to #1.

        If you are anywhere near Oklahoma, take your mare to Kathy and you'll have the same experience you've had before: drop mare off, have a baby next spring


        • #5
          Ditto mlranchtx!


          • #6
            Most vets can handle cooled, but a lot cannot do frozen, that is a bit more tricky. I did AI twice, and frankly don't care for it. Both mares came up opn later in the winter after being checked in foal, and never had that happen with live cover. So honestly I'd rather do live if I can, I know that is not that way MOST people do it these days, but I find conception to be better and foals carried to term more often. I only stand my stallion live cover and never had a problem with either one. Guess I just likethe "old fashioned" way!


            • #7
              yeah and read up on your birtyhing kit stuff. my vet didnt have any colostrum, my foal was born with very low levels and he weouldnt even tranfuse him until realy a bit too late.

              he's been succeptible to illness since then

              i of course new nothing of colostrum paste until after he was born. i've been trained to trust vets.


              • #8
                We got tired of hassleing our farm vet and having it all drag on for several cycles thus wasting money. The owner of the stallion we bred to last uses this clinic. Stallion Services The mare was dropped off there prior to ovulation (we already had her cultured) and picked up after her first ultra sound with a Caselicks done, and a bottle of Regumate in her over night bag . The rest was easy.
                Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans