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post #1 of 4 Old 02-11-2011, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Curious about sperm. (Funny, never thought I would type that!)

Anyway, I have heard about people using sperm banks and buying several "vials" (At least that is how I picture it) and then putting the extra on ice, so to speak, in case they do not get a baby the first time. Anyway, is that how it works in the horse world as well? Also, when I had my TB mare bred by AI it took the first time. Is it just that easy for a healthy mare to get preggo? What if the sperm is frozen? Is it just as easy? I am not planning on breeding the mare I have now. I was just wondering why it is so easy for the animal world to use these methods and it is so hard for some humans? Thanks for reading, looking forward to the answers. :)
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-11-2011, 06:37 PM
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I think it has to do with our society making it more frequent for humans to have trouble getting pregnant. Women are having kids later and later in life, we eat all sorts of crap, we have exposure to all sorts of bad stuff.

Horses don't. Getting pregnant quickly and easily is a survival trait. Not only does it guarantee the next generation, but it also protects the parents. For survival, a stallion can't be wasting his energy getting mares pregnant, he has a herd to protect. If it was taking months for each mare to get pregnant, chances are that by the end of the breeding season, he would be glad to have a different stallion pinch them lol. Plus if it took months, imagine all the times they would be walked in on by various predators. No one needs to be caught in the act by a wolf pack :P

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-11-2011, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Never thought of it that way. Made me laugh though. Heheh Thanks for the explanation!
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-12-2011, 08:34 PM
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In addition to Chiilaa's point, we aren't preventing humans from passing on their defective genes. If a horse has a lot of trouble getting pregnant, than the owners will more likely than not give up breeding attempts. If a human has trouble getting pregnant, we do everything in our power to make it happen. Lo and behold, their children will have the same issues...
The lack of natural selection in our human society makes us more prone to disease. If someone is prone to getting cancer, we don't tell them they can't have kids. So they have kids who are prone to getting cancer...And it passes down again and again.

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