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post #1 of 12 Old 04-11-2012, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow Using frozen seamen?

I have a filly that I would like to breed next year. She is a very well bred welsh section B filly. The stallions in my locasion are either related to her or not suitable. I have come across some fantastic ones on the internet with frozen seamen available. I'm curious as to what your opinions are on this matter. Is it effective? Can it cause any problems? Does anybody have any experience of it? I'm just curious and I can't make up my mind whether to use it or not. I love my filly so I don't want anything to happen to her.

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-11-2012, 03:41 PM
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If you have a good vet and a fertile mare. Go for it.

A maiden? I would not take the risk using frozen seamen on a maiden - because you don't know if she's fertile or not.

But the only thing you are risking using frozen semen, is your money.


I used chilled semen ( I think that is the term. ) On my maiden mare, and it worked out just fine. She got pregnant on one insemination.
So she's very fertile, If I where to breed her again, and wanted a stallion that is only available in frozen semen, I would take the chance.

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-11-2012, 03:46 PM
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Frozen semen, or AI (artificial insemination) has many benefits. For one, it protects the mare from having to be mounted by a stallion. No broken backs or broken legs, and it also protects nice stallions from being hurt by mares in breeding. If you have a good vet, it doesn't matter if the mare is maiden or not, because they use the ultrasound in order to see the ovulation process. That being said, you do have to transport your horse to the vet frequently. Or sometimes either your vet or the stallion's owner will have "mare care", where you let your horses stay with them for roughly $15 a day to monitor the mare until she is bred. This is the option I would choose for a maiden. Then the semen is collected and shipped overnight when the mare is about to ovulate. Each shipment is around 150-175 $, which can be costly if you're dealing with a vet who doesn't know much about breeding.

PROS:
Protects health of mare and stallion.
Offers a wide range of stallions from around the country.

CONS:
Expensive.

That's basically what you're looking at.
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You describe fresh, but chilled semen.

Aine is asking about Frozen semen.

There's a difference. Insemination with frozen semen is often a little bit more difficult than insemination with fresh, chilled semen.
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I don't think frozen seamen would work well for anything, or at all. Sailors should never be frozen!

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post #6 of 12 Old 04-11-2012, 04:07 PM
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I don't think frozen seamen would work well for anything, or at all. Sailors should never be frozen!
To steal one from meatloaf... you took the words right outta my mouth

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I had a fail with frozen last year. Is not as easy to get them in foal as live cover. I payed $500 vet fee and got nothing out of it.
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-11-2012, 06:54 PM
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So far with cooled Ship Semen i've spent nearly $1000 with two breedings and not sure if she's pregnant this time and I hope so. Get a VERY good repro vet. It will be worth having a good repro vet.

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-11-2012, 07:12 PM
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If you can get cooled semen that is a much better way to go. I have had several chances at really really good deals on stud fees if I want to use frozen adn to me it is just not worth it and I do 99% of all my AI work and breeding.

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I agree with going with the cooled semen.
Having a good repro. Vet is essential, along with communication with the breeding manager.
They usually collect/ship semen on certain days and you and the vet will have to co-ordinate collection/shipping with ovulation.

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