Curious about sperm. (Funny, never thought I would type that!) - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 02-11-2011, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 299
• Horses: 2
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. :)
SidMit is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 02-11-2011, 06:37 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 5,153
• Horses: 0
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

Mods, grant me the serenity to see the opinions I cannot change, courage to change the ones that should change, and the wisdom to spot the trolls.
Chiilaa is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 02-11-2011, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 299
• Horses: 2
Never thought of it that way. Made me laugh though. heheh Thanks for the explanation!
SidMit is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 02-12-2011, 08:34 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Vermont
Posts: 621
• Horses: 1
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.

"The wise man thinks he knows nothing.
The fool thinks he knows everything."

Tymer is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A Unique Amazing Funny Contest - Enter your FUNNY Pet Pics! MustangBlue Horse Contests 38 02-03-2011 02:08 AM
Pleasure type horse competing with stock type Angel_Leaguer Driving 10 11-10-2008 07:47 PM
horse sperm SonnyWimps Horse Breeding 15 05-03-2008 05:15 PM
I'm curious...thought I'd try. Feathers Horse Riding Critique 18 04-12-2008 10:16 AM
Found this on a website and thought it was funny! x bolly Jokes and Funnies 16 10-17-2007 01:53 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome