To Breed or Not to Breed?

To Breed or Not to Breed?

Breeding your own foal is a wonderful experience but there are many factors to consider before you get started.

Breeding your own foal is a wonderful experience but there are many factors to consider before you get started.

The most important consideration is whether your mare is suitable to breed from:
• Have her checked over by your vet to make sure she is in good health and fit and well to breed from
• How old is she and has she had foals before? Older maiden mares (first timers!) can have much lower fertility rates than younger mares or those that have foaled before
• If she has had previous foals, then a detailed history of the insemination and previous pregnancy can be helpful
• Are there any undesirable genetic traits that could be passed on to the foal? Certain types of orthopaedic disease can be passed on so it’s important to talk to your vet before making your decision

Once you’re happy you have a suitable mare the next thing to choose is the stallion:
• Not only his type and credentials but it’s also important to consider how he is bred
• What type of semen is available for that stallion – do you want the mare mated naturally or by artificial insemination?
• If you have chosen natural cover it is likely your mare will have to travel to the stallion

We offer various stud packages for breeding via natural cover, artificial insemination or embryo transfer. Call the clinic on 01451 820 137 to discuss these and book your mare in for her pre-breeding examination

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