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Semen that has been collected from a stallion is delivered either cooled or frozen and placed into the mare’s uterus at the correct time, based on a veterinarian’s examination. Breeding at the correct time is essential for shipped semen and critical for frozen semen. Success rates are higher when the mare is in a facility where she can be checked as needed for ovulation and breeding.
Breeding Soundness Exams
For a successful breeding experience, it is important to have a uterine culture and cytology prior to breeding. A mare’s uterus and ovaries can be evaluated by rectal palpation, culture, ultrasound, or biopsy in order to help predict her ability to get pregnant and carry a foal to term. Stallions can also be examined to determine the quality of their semen. Palpation of accessory glands and testicles can provide early detection of diseases. Test collections of semen can be done to identify ways to improve their fertility and clean out collections prepare them for shipping semen across the country. Here at Summit Equine we can also train young stallions to collect on the phantom, collect semen, and freeze semen for your stallion.
If an owner would like to breed a show mare, but continue to compete with the mare, an embryo can be transferred to a recipient mare. The show mare (donor mare) is bred. Seven days after ovulation is documented, the embryo is flushed out and transferred into a recipient mare or flown to a facility that has a recipient mare herd to be transferred. The ensuing pregnancy is monitored in the recipient mare until she foals about eleven months later. The show mare can have foals on the ground and maintain her career without having to take time off for gestation and the problems that may come from foaling. Mares that have difficulty getting pregnant, carrying a foal to term or an aged mare are also reasons one may use embryo transfer techniques.
Mare and Foal Post-Partum Examinations
A mare that delivers normally should be evaluated 18-24 hours after foaling to check for post foaling problems, and to confirm she is producing enough milk for the foal. The foal should be checked for any signs of illness or for the presence of any genetic conditions. Its antibody levels should be checked to ensure that it is protected against diseases present in the environment. Because post-foaling mare’s condition and a foal’s health can deteriorate quickly; early intervention is essential for both a mare and her foal. Please call us at the first indication that something is not right.