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MyLittlePonies 09-28-2011 03:35 PM

stallion fertility
 
As pertaining to the thread stallion questions what can you do to up his sperm count? If a stud hasn't bred in a long time does it decrease then? I asked a vet and he said he just needed blown out. Does anyone have any thoughts or know of this?
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bubba13 09-28-2011 03:37 PM

Um, vet is wrong. But how do you know he has fertility problems? You should have a lab run a sample of the semen to check for motility and count before drawing any conclusions.

MyLittlePonies 09-28-2011 03:48 PM

He had a breeding exam in february and said he was low but he's got a fair amount of offspring. I guess I'm not understanding something?
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Avalon Equine 09-28-2011 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by MyLittlePonies (Post 1186314)
As pertaining to the thread stallion questions what can you do to up his sperm count?

Research has shown that you can give a stallion Omega 3's and that will assist in upping sperm counts as well as increasing sperm viability. Platinum Performance is one product that works well. Some horses don't like it as some of the products are made with fish oils :P.

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If a stud hasn't bred in a long time does it decrease then?
As a stallion ages, he tends to undergo testicular degeneration which will result in lower sperm counts. Up until they are about 12, they are at their optimal breeding. After 12, most stallions will see some reduction in sperm numbers.

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I asked a vet and he said he just needed blown out. Does anyone have any thoughts or know of this?
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Depends (don't you just love those kinds of answers :) ). Some stallions will have issues with clearing dead sperm. In a healthy, normal stallion, dead sperm are eliminated in the stallion's urine. However some stallions will have issues clearing those dead sperm and may require multiple collections to clear that "blockage". As stallions age, many will have issues clearing all the dead sperm and may require a couple collections to clean them out.

You say you had an evaluation done in the spring. Was he collected several days in a row to determine what his normal daily sperm output was? Or just one collection? It's difficult to get an accurate indication of what a stallion's sperm numbers are on one arbitrary collection.

Hope that helps!

MyLittlePonies 09-28-2011 09:19 PM

Just twice in one day w/ an hour inbetween. We were just following what he told us. I'd of figured he'd needed at least a few days. But he was only there over night...then had him tested for ship semen. All I know is his an aged stud and I'm trying to see what I need to do get him back up there. Based off his results of only two collections, I was told he'd have to live cover a mare everyday till she went out. His last mare live covered only needed two days to get her in foal. His last foal was in 2009.

Avalon Equine 10-01-2011 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by MyLittlePonies (Post 1186592)
Just twice in one day w/ an hour inbetween.

That will give you a rough estimate of his daily sperm output.

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We were just following what he told us. I'd of figured he'd needed at least a few days. But he was only there over night...then had him tested for ship semen. All I know is his an aged stud and I'm trying to see what I need to do get him back up there. Based off his results of only two collections, I was told he'd have to live cover a mare everyday till she went out. His last mare live covered only needed two days to get her in foal. His last foal was in 2009.
Mmm...can't comment without seeing the complete report, but live covering every day is not a common recommendation. If you have a stallion with low sperm numbers, you'll deplete the gonadal reserves pretty darn quickly with a daily collection/breeding. And it's not like a bank where you can repeatedly make a deposit to bring the numbers up.

If he is an aged stallion and undergoing testicular degeneration, you can help somewhat by feeding the Omega 3's, but it's not going to reverse the process. It "does" help, but if the numbers are really poor, even doubling them isn't going to be a significant difference :(.

Good luck!


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