Mare Management for Breeding
We provide the full range of services for mares to be bred via artificial insemination (AI) with either cooled-transported, frozen, or fresh-extended semen. We work with mares of both normal and reduced fertility and provide reproductive techniques including transrectal ultrasound, deep horn artificial insemination, embryo transfers, uterine lavages and infusions, and uterine biopsies and culture/cytology. At this time we do not offer intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) or other, similar advanced assisted reproductive techniques. All in-coming semen is evaluated for quality prior to breeding a mare. Packages are available but final cost will vary between mares depending on the amount of post-breeding management required.
Embryo transfer is a great option for owners that wish to breed their mare, but would prefer that their mare not carry the foal to term. In embryo transfer, the mare from whom the owner would like a foal (called the donor) is bred and then the embryo is flushed out and transferred into a synchronized surrogate mom (called a recipient). Our embryo transfer program includes synchronizing the donor and recipients, breeding the donor, collecting the embryo, and transferring it into the suitable recipient. We do not typically provide recipient mares but can assist the mare owner in finding suitable recipients. We prefer recipients to be proven broodmares of less than 12 years, with no history of reproductive problems, and tolerable ground manners. Packages are available but pricing can vary depending on the level of management required for an individual mare.
Mare Foaling Services
Monitoring your mare when she is close to foaling can be a stressful endeavor. In order to decrease your stress and make sure the foaling happens where veterinary assistance is close at hand, we offer foaling services where we monitor and foal out your mare in clinic. Mares are given a pre-foaling examination upon arrival. Once mares appear to be close to foaling, they are then monitored closely with daily exams, pH monitoring of mammary secretions, and using video monitoring and Foalert technology. We have 24 hour onsite technician monitoring once the mare seems close to foaling and onsite veterinary assistance when necessary. Once the mare has foaled, we perform a post-foaling exam and monitoring of the foal, mare, and placenta. We encourage all owners to perform an IgG test (SNAP test) on the foal at 24 hours of age as this is the best way to ensure a foal received enough colostrum after birth. At this time we are not able to offer caesarian (C-section) surgery in clinic.