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post #1 of 7 Old 04-07-2020, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Artificial insemination?

Anyone have their mare artificially inseminated? Did you do it yourself, where did you order the semen? How did everything work out, any problems, etc.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-07-2020, 09:34 PM
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My daughter is licensed to do AI and used to work for a quarter horse breeder. They had seven stallions, but sometimes ordered semen from other breeders for a particular mare.

I don't know what you're looking for, but most magazines that have breeders advertise list the cost. Or I'd call.

It was a pretty common practice at the outfit she was on. They had a good rate of mares ending up with foals.
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For my own mares I usually do live cover. I do have the ONE mare who refuses to show for the stallion (any stallion) and won't stand for them either. So we haul her to OSU breeding ranch and have them follow her cycle, order the semen and inseminate her or tell me when to bring my stallion out and they collect him and then inseminate her. Never a problem, can't remember the last time I had a mare inseminated that she didn't take, sometimes takes 2 shipments. For outside mares, I offer the choice of their owner shipping the mare to OSU and they'll call me when they're ready to collect and inseminate or the owner's vet can call and tell me they need a shipment, I call OSU and haul the stallion out there. They collect him, do the lab work and ship, handle everything and it makes it really convenient. What are you looking for specifically? Pricing depends on who's doing the services, whether it's fresh or shipped/cooled, lots of different variables. If you can ask more specifically I can tell you more what we do, what it costs us and you can compare to your local vets.

When people say it seems really expensive for me to haul the stallion out to the farm and have them handle everything, remember that they've saved me having to build and supply a lab (centrifuge, microscopes, store extender, equipment, shipping supplies, phantom and AVs.). Probably close to $100,000 if I did it right.

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There are considerable differences between using fresh and frozen semen.

Many studs will only inseminate mares rather than risk their stallions with live cover.

You need a good repo vet to examine mare to see when she is going to ovulate so you can purchase the semen, then have them come back to place the straw in the correct place.
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Repro exam, repro specialist (preffered especially for an older mare) to follow the cycle, licensed AI tech or experienced vet and costs vary. While it is easier than AI in cattle it isn't something you want to DIY without training and practice under a mentor or you could cause damage.
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-08-2020, 09:54 AM
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Agree with @QtrBel l Many years ago (over 25) while in college I took a course in AI for cattle. It was to get an additional certificate to go along with my Animal Science degree. The class was pretty straight forward and AI in cows was fairly easy to understand. Please realize that most of the people taking this class were JR or SR in college and some local dairy herdsman were there as well. We just learned the AI procedure and went to local farms to implement what we learned. Our class did not cover collection or storage.

AI is not something the normal horse owner would do. Straws of semen can be expensive and if placed in the wrong area breeding that mare would be extremely costly.

Best left to the professionals.
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Thanks! All questions I had were answered.

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