Haha, yeah. She's been bred twice, so this will be her third go-around. I don't know whether its better to change stallions now and hopefully get her bred this year or not. =(
I've got over 5,000 invested in her breeding to RC already, and don't want to give up on my dream, but it seems like this might be a furtive effort to keep trying with his semen quality so low. Also, she didn't take with his semen when she was bred to him the last time either (she was bred 3 times then.)
What would yŠll do in a situation like this? She is reining bred and I love, love, LOVE RC's looks and accomplishments and think they compliment themselves wonderfully, but given the situation, I'm wondering if I'm "barn blind" or whatever to the reality that his semen is poor anyways, they use a very tiny dose each AI, and idk how my mare even does with AI, considering she has now been bred 5 x's without a pregnancy via AI and took the first coupling naturally.
Ugh, the thought had never entered my mind til their vet called me with the bad news and asked me if I wanted to switch stallions. The other 2 possiblities for a match with Josie would be Hydrive Cat and TR Dual Rey. Both nice stallions, but cutting bred! =/
I feel like if I tell her to switch, then I'm throwing in the flag too early when she could get in foal the very next time she's AI'd with RC's semen.
I would love to hear everyone's thoughts, so I can take that into consideration. Between lack of sleep with work, clinicals, and classes - not to mention finals next week and a couple tests this week, I'm not sure I'm thinking clearly anyways as I can't seem to come up with anything to do, lol. Sorry for the long post, btw!