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    05-20-2013, 09:55 PM
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Suggestions as to what to do for maiden mare trouble?

After a lot of searching, I found the perfect stud for my mare. My mare, Ellie, is maiden and will be 5 this June. The vet I am using to AI her is VERY experienced and knows what he is doing. The stud's semen looked awesome he said and Ellie had a perfect follicle each time he bred her (total of two times now but the first time he inseminated her two days in a row), yet she hasn't taken. The second time she was bred, we even put her on regumate.

The vet suggested getting her bred live cover and then breeding her back to this stud via AI the following year. He says since she is maiden, some mares don't take with AI the first time and if they are able to get bred by live cover, their bodies "learn" what to do (at least that's what I got from his speech). I have looked around and found a nice stud in the area for if we choose to go this way, but I don't know if it is worth it or not.

We have already put a TON of money into trying to get her bred via AI, so we hate to put more money into it. But at the same time, we have already put so much into it, why not put a little more money into it?

What should I do here? Why isn't she taking for AI? Anyone else have trouble with a maiden mare like mine? What did you do? Is the live cover thing worth it?

Thanks!
     
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    05-20-2013, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Cait    
After a lot of searching, I found the perfect stud for my mare. My mare, Ellie, is maiden and will be 5 this June. The vet I am using to AI her is VERY experienced and knows what he is doing. The stud's semen looked awesome he said and Ellie had a perfect follicle each time he bred her (total of two times now but the first time he inseminated her two days in a row), yet she hasn't taken. The second time she was bred, we even put her on regumate.

The vet suggested getting her bred live cover and then breeding her back to this stud via AI the following year. He says since she is maiden, some mares don't take with AI the first time and if they are able to get bred by live cover, their bodies "learn" what to do (at least that's what I got from his speech). I have looked around and found a nice stud in the area for if we choose to go this way, but I don't know if it is worth it or not.

We have already put a TON of money into trying to get her bred via AI, so we hate to put more money into it. But at the same time, we have already put so much into it, why not put a little more money into it?

What should I do here? Why isn't she taking for AI? Anyone else have trouble with a maiden mare like mine? What did you do? Is the live cover thing worth it?

Thanks!
Cooled, shipped semen and AI can have all kinds of reasons why a mare won't catch. You've only bred her twice via AI? If you're really sold on the stallion, I'd keep trying at least 2 more times this year. If you're not THAT stuck on him, go with the local guy for live cover, it's a lot more of a sure fire thing.

Live cover can have its drawbacks too. The stallion can be a rapist and rough on the mare, the mare can kick the jewels off the stallion. Just make sure they have plenty of help and make sure of the stallion's disposition before you go the LC way. I, personally, like covering my own mares with my guy but I know him, I know them and I have help and use hobbles on the mares.

Another reason she may not catch is because of a low grade infection. Did you have her cultured and cytology done before breeding? If not, I'd culture AND do cytology (insist on it, it's the cheapest procedure out of the whole thing and can catch early changes that a culture won't) and make sure she's clean before I tried again.
     

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