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?