Reproduction

 

Our goal is to maximize your mare’s reproductive success, by individualizing the care for each animal.

 

 

Before purchasing a mare

 

We recommend a full veterinary examination of the mare, with emphasis on the reproductive tract. An external exam can reveal vulvar or pelvic conformation defects, which may cause wind sucking and/or pooling, both affecting fertility. An internal exam, or palpation, will reveal ovary size and texture, as well as uterine and cervical tone. Digital ultrasound will reveal follicles sizes, shapes, uterine status, cysts, or fluids.

 

Common tests that can be performed on the mare are culture, sensitivity, cytology and uterine biopsy. They can reveal unapparent infection and/or inflammation. Uterine biopsy reveals the histological status of the uterine endometrium.

 

Breeding the mare

 

Your mare can be bred by live cover, fresh semen, fresh cooled semen or frozen semen. Whatever your needs, we can help you achieve your goal.

Artificial insemination allows your mare to be bred to any stallion in the world. It also eliminates the risk of injury of live cover. Upon receipt of the semen we can proceed with the artificial insemination at your location. Planning and timing is essential.

 

If you choose to use frozen semen you can decide to have your mare’s follicle checked 2 x (every 12 hours), 3x (every 8 hours) or 4 (every 6 hours) a day, recommended.

 

Pregnancy

 

We suggest checking for pregnancy at 15 days (+/- 1 day) (to visualize the embryonic vesicle), at 25 days (to observe the heart beat), and at 40 days (to verify normal embryo development).

 

Periodic examination, especially with digital ultrasound, allows monitoring the progress of gestation. Ultrasound can reveal such concerns as the presence of twins.