It is hard to believe that the 2017 breeding season is almost upon us! Broodmares throughout the country are steadily getting bigger, and owners are preparing for the new arrivals. The build-up to foaling can be a stressful time, but careful planning and preparation can help to give the mare owner the confidence to foal their mare at home and identify when assistance is necessary. Read more →
Artificial insemination (A.I.) is a technique which is continuing to increase in popularity among mare owners. It involves a veterinary surgeon or qualified A.I. technician depositing semen into the uterus of the mare at the optimum time to allow fertilisation of her egg. Like other assisted reproductive techniques, such as embryo transfer, A. I. is currently unable to be -used in Thoroughbreds because by convention, the offspring are not eligible to be registered for racing.
Despite this, A.I. is widely used in showjumpers, dressage mares, eventers and pleasure horses. Over recent years the success rates of A.I. has improved due to superior insemination techniques and greater quality control of semen. Read more →