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We offer a wide range of services to assist you in achieving your reproductive goals. Ultrasound evaluation of the reproductive tract and pregnancy detection can be performed both in clinic and on the farm. Artificial insemination is available using either fresh shipped semen or frozen semen.
- Reproductive soundness exam: Performed when the mare is showing signs of estrus, otherwise known as “in heat”, to ensure the mare’s capability of becoming and maintaining a pregnancy. Initially we will examine the vulva and perineal areas, followed by ultrasound of the entire reproductive tract. A uterine culture will be collected and treatment initiated as needed. Although not routine, we may at times recommend a uterine biopsy. Ideally, the reproductive soundness exam will be performed one estrus cycle prior to the desired breeding cycle to allow for treatment if necessary.
- Ultrasound: It is possible to follow your mare’s reproductive cycle via ultrasonic measurement of growing follicles and evaluation of the uterine body. Ultrasound frequency and timing will vary based on type of breeding desired.We recommend a pregnancy ultrasound 15-17 days post ovulation. This will allow us to detect a pregnancy and look for twins. If a pregnancy is not detected, we can begin following the next follicle.Due to the high number of abortions in the first trimester, we also recommend an ultrasound at 30 days. Palpation between 45-60 days of pregnancy further allows us to follow the pregnancy.
- Artificial Insemination with Fresh Shipped Semen: We have been performing artificial insemination using shipped semen since 1995, and have achieved approximately 85 % pregnancy rate. We can follow and breed your mare with her in our clinic or, facilities allowing, on your farm.To ensure insemination at the appropriate time, we will follow your mare’s estrus cycle via ultrasound. Once the follicle is near ovulation we will notify the stallion owner and make arrangements for semen delivery. Depending on the situation, we may breed your mare with multiple times in the same cycle. Finally, we will check for pregnancy 15-17 days post ovulation.