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        07-24-2007, 08:35 PM
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    Foal
    Possibly a silly question

    I have been looking at some sites and see embryos offered for sale! I am fairly new to the horse owning world but this really blows my mind, how is this done?
         
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        07-24-2007, 10:31 PM
      #2
    Foal
    The embryo is flushed from one mare and then transferred into another mare. Some mares have a hard time carrying a foal to term, so they came up with this process so that they could breed a mare then have a different mare carry the foal.
         
        07-30-2007, 04:21 AM
      #3
    Weanling
    Desperate horsewife is correct. But, you can lose the embryo in the transferring process, or it may not implant. Then you lose your foal. Personally I wouldnt do it. But, I don't show.
         
        08-16-2007, 12:37 AM
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    Weanling
    Very true, but again I wouldn't do it!!
         
        08-16-2007, 02:08 AM
      #5
    Foal
    They also do this with high quality mares in Friesians. If there is a special horse, they can get more babies from (not much down time from being pregnant and having a foal) her if they transplant her embryos into another broodmare. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I guess it could help improve some bloodlines but to be honest... something just doesn't sit right with me.
         
        08-16-2007, 02:35 AM
      #6
    Weanling
    A friend of mine did this with her mare. She didn't want to postpone her training, so had the embryo transplanted into a surrogate mare. It worked really well for her and she got a fabulous foal without missing a competition on her girl.

    Cost a fair bit from memory though
         
        08-20-2007, 10:33 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    :o Yeh it sure does!! The natural way is better though, wouldn't do it any other way
         
        09-02-2007, 03:23 AM
      #8
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jpost
    They also do this with high quality mares in Friesians. If there is a special horse, they can get more babies from (not much down time from being pregnant and having a foal) her if they transplant her embryos into another broodmare. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I guess it could help improve some bloodlines but to be honest... something just doesn't sit right with me.
    It is my understanding that you can only register one foal a year though, whether it is "natural" or surrogate. What would be the point of spending all that $$ for an unregistered foal?
         
        09-02-2007, 02:15 PM
      #9
    Banned
    TxHorseMom--maybe for Friesians, but not for QHs. Multiple foals from a single mare are allowed to be registered each year by AQHA.
         
        09-02-2007, 04:42 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    I just looked that up to comfirm, and you're correct. I didn't realize they changed the rules. (I only "natural" breed) That new rule opens a whole new can of worms, doesn't it?
         

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