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post #1 of 4 Old 11-25-2013, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Embryo Transfer

Who all here has done it (not you personally but your horse hahah)? And what are your thoughts/experience on it? What age was your donor mare and why did you decide to do embryo transfer instead of letting her carry?
Somebody told me it costs like $10,000, but I looked up at a local breeding clinic place and there's is like $1,500.

I have tinkered the idea around in my head of breeding Rosie and having Sassy carry the foal. Rosie has a lot of very good traits and is a full "package". She's got really good conformation, she's got speed, cow, exteremly level headed..she was an exceptional head/heel horse and has a bunch of accomplishments under her belt. She's got nice foundation lines, Hancock on bottom and Bonanza/Leo on top. She has carried two foals before, her last one was at 16. She's 22 now, still riding and showing and has heat cycles. However at her age, I don't want to put that stress on her body.. Sassy is 6 going on 7. She's a nice mare, but I'm not sure if she really has as many qualities as Rosie that are worth passing on. Sassy's dam was a total turd before we bred her, and after she had Sassy she was as sweet and mellow as could be. I'm thinking Sassy might be the same way because, well she is Sassy. Lol. Of course this is all theoretical and there is like 1% chance of this ever happening..and the foal would be for showing and I would only breed towards quality for the breed. Like I said. Probably not going to happen. So don't eat me. Lol but it's nice to ask questions ;)

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-25-2013, 10:13 PM
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I have actually thought about doing it when I found the right mare. With that said, it's really expensive. I have priced it at least $4,000 bottom price, with a donor mare program(best option). Those programs lease out the mare to receive the embryo for a few thousand dollars then return around six months after foaling. If you want to do it, then the mare should be stellar because you might have to do it a couple times if the embryo can't be recovered or doesn't stick to the recipient mare. As far as age, I have heard before the 20s is the best for donating and ages from 3-11 for the recipient mares. I had talked to a reproduction place and when they first came out with embryo transfer programs the job cost an easy $10-20,000 and breeding world and congress champions. It's a relatively easy job, but it's very tricky as well as both mares have to cycle close together and timing is everything.
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I know a few folks who have collected eggs and I am not sure about transfer. The horse in those cases had already had very, very good offspring. The mare had a traumatic injury out at pasture and had to be euthanized. The egg collection was for future potential breedings. The thing to consider is how your registering body handles these foals. Some registries may not allow them. I think this is more because they don't want multiple stallion/mare offspring in a single year. So, for one embryo transfer foal its not as big a deal as it is for two or three embryo transfer foals out of a single years crop.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-27-2013, 09:06 PM
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Our QH is an embryo transfer baby. We got him as a 3 year old, so I don't know how much it was, or the reasons to why he was made this way
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