I prefer live cover. Its typically cheaper and easier to deal with.
AI usually involves hauling mare to vet, numerous ultrasounds to find where she is in her cycle, more vet fees, hauling her home. Keep in mind, you want a vet that specializes in equine reproduction too!
I tried breeding Chilly 7 years ago thought AI. She never took and I was out $1500 between stud fee, collection, shipping and vet fees. It was very hard to track her cycle because she was a silent heat type of mare back then.
Chilly was bred in April 2012, was with the stud for 4 days, and she conceived without even trying. LoL
Overall, I prefer live cover mainly due to the cost and simplicity of it. As long as your dealing with capable owners and a nicely trained stud.
But...When I breed Rumor, she'll be bred to a stallion that is half way across the country. So, AI it is...But this stallion is worth it.
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