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post #11 of 15 Old 03-12-2013, 04:33 PM
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I have only used live in hand cover. Good experience with it, mare took with just one covering. All came down to luck that we had everything timed.

The stallion happened to be in the area that weekend, I was at uni, my parents got a phone call asking where my mare was and that the stallion was down at the roping arena, so my parents (who aren't hugely horsey, can do the basics and have been looking after my mare since I went to uni and did during the pregnancy too) loaded her up took her down, served her and they were back home within and hour and a half.

Mare doesn't come back into heat and pregnancy progresses as normal.

I do really understand how lucky we got in regards to the timing.
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post #12 of 15 Old 03-12-2013, 04:42 PM
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Unless you have your own stallion then AI is probably the best option these days, it increases the number of stallions you can use and you dont have the nuisance of transporting your mare - often with a foal at foot to some stud where she/they will be turned out with a lot of strange mares and if the first cover doesnt take you then have to return and do the whole thing all over again - or leave them there for testing which increases the costs of board
Very few owners of top stallions do anything but hand cover or AI - no way would they risk turning it out with mares
We were using AI with dairy cows years ago - removes the hassle & risks of keeping a bull and means you can choose from a pool of top sires
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post #13 of 15 Old 03-12-2013, 09:54 PM
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I agree with Faceman live cover and keep things as natural as possible. Plus as a stallion owner I must send my stallion to a stallion station for 3 months to be trained to mount the dummy and I get 50 draws. At 800 a month why would I pay for something I dont have to?
As a more owner the Vet fees really add up with AI. That is why I bought this Stallion. The extra fees would really add up. Shalom
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post #14 of 15 Old 03-12-2013, 11:51 PM
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Due to higher success rates, lower cost, and generally less headache I prefer live cover... but I'm breeding my maiden mare this spring to a stallion who I fell in love with, and as he is thousands of kilometers away I will be doing AI. I know (as with any breeding), it's a risk... but even more so because Riv is a silent heat type lollll.
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post #15 of 15 Old 03-13-2013, 02:08 PM
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I am one that would never do live cover......I much prefer A.I. much less risk of injury to both my mare and the stallion.

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