How does it all work (AI) from the mare's end?
What does the vet do?
What does the mare owner do?
What about when the semen is shipped a long way? (Florida to Alaska)
What are the success rates on the first try? Second try? At all?
I am basically wondering what I should know. We are planning on breeding our mare back this year (if she ever foals :) ) using shipped semen...I have never done it, so really want to know what to expect.
Also, I know that breeding back to back can take a toll on a mare (she will get a break for a while after this breeding!)....what things can we do to ensure she is in the best health possible while carrying a foal a second year in a row?
She is currently a week overdue, and while she looks quite large, she looks very healthy. We exercised her the first few months last year, but fell off when she got more pregnant. This year, we are hoping to keep her in a bit more regular exercise schedule.
Thanks in advance