Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Doing AI through the vet is expensive. When I went to breed my old mare she was at the vet's for 5 days waiting for the optimal breeding time, and after she was bred, she didn't take.. didn't matter, still cost me an arm and a leg. The reason she didn't take was the stallion; he was older and the sample of semen had low motility.
Having said that, I like the thought of AI rather than live cover; you don't have to worry about the stallion handlers not knowing what they're doing, your mare doesn't have to be shipped far, there is no risk of injury from abusive handlers or impatient stallions.
I'd do AI again, but I'm not sure I'd send my mare to the vet's to do it, I'd rather keep her at home.
Since you're looking for nice QH stallions, I would most definitely suggest you consider AI.
Just another note: I would recommend cooled semen, not frozen; most frozen samples don't come with a Live Foal Guarantee (LFG) whereas cooled semen tends to come with a LFG.
ANOTHER THING: If you're looking at Impressive lines, make sure the stud is HYPP N/N - ignore any stallion that is N/H or H/H!! .. has your mare been tested for HYPP if she has Impressive lines?
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