How long at a clinic for AI?

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    03-06-2012, 09:04 PM
How long at a clinic for AI?

We are breeding our Shire mare and Clydesdale mare to Gypsy or Drum stallions this spring using frozen or chilled semen. (The mares are both from good lines and possess superb conformation and temperament; the stallions will, of course, be the very best available.) While we have cared for a mare through pregnancy and parturition, we have not dealt with AI before, so we plan to send our mares to an equine reproduction center for monitoring and insemination. Our question is how long do they need to stay? Obviously we don't want our girls away for any longer than necessary. But we do want to be sure that everything goes smoothly.
Any advice you have to give would be appreciated!
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    03-06-2012, 09:17 PM
It depends on the mare's and how they take to the PG shot.
With AI, they need to be inseminated at exactly the right time in their cycle to have any chance at all of becoming pregnant. Sometimes a mare can be at the vets for monitoring for around 2 weeks, but some will be able to have a PG shot, and the next day be inseminated and sent home.
    03-07-2012, 04:12 PM
Like has been stated there are many variables. Normally when a mare comes here to be AIed I like to have them here about 2 weeks prior to breeding. I like to use Regu Mate to control when they come into heat. Past that I do not use any other shots. I find that I can control everything once they come into heat as I have controled that part. Once they do if all goes well and they take that cycle it will depend on if the mare owner want the mare vet checked here or not. If so they will stay for anouther 20-21 days give or take to be checked infoal. If they are then they go home if not it all starts over again. However I rearly have to do things a second time if all is timed well the first time.
    03-07-2012, 04:34 PM

Thank you both for the information! That's very helpful. We were worried it would be a few months!
    03-07-2012, 05:46 PM
It could be if she does not catch on the first try or if you do not wish to use regu mate you may end up needing semen on a day in which they do not ship.
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    03-07-2012, 06:58 PM
Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
It could be if she does not catch on the first try or if you do not wish to use regu mate you may end up needing semen on a day in which they do not ship.
Do you believe in AI-ing the day before ovulation and then the next day on her ovulation? Meaning day before ovulation and day of ovulation?
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    03-07-2012, 07:15 PM
Semen is viable for up to about 72 hours. SO I normally order semen on day 4 and AI on day 5 IF the mare is still in and the semen is still good on day 7 I may AI the mare again but normally I only do it one time. When it comes to breeding more is not better. The more times you breed a mare either AI or live cover you are intorducing iritents into the uturous of the mare and run the chance of infection or problems. Also older mares have a much harder time expelling the extra semen and extender. So a lot of times less is better. Timing is more importent then anything and I have the best luck doing it this way. However keep in mind that EVERY mare is different but this is what I have found works the best on the vast majority of mares.
    03-07-2012, 09:26 PM
We tracked my mares cycle and at the beginning of the next cycle I took her to the clinic for vet said order semen for such and such a day.......trailered her back to the clinic on the day the semen arrived.....dropped mare off at the clinic went to the airport and picked up the semen......mare was ultrasounded, my vet inseminated....then I took her home........14 days later mare was taken back to the clinic and ultrasounded and found to be in foal.

I like to trailer my mare back and forth as she stresses when she is away from home.

Super Nova

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