Making the decision to send your mare off to stud could be the start of an exciting breeding adventure. If you’re hoping to grow your equine family, waiting for your prized horse to come back ready to birth a foal can be a magical time. There can also be a lot of preparation involved in the process of sending your mare away when she’s in season. At The Insurance Emporium, we want the best for your horse, including when it comes to breeding. To get the lowdown, we asked our horse health expert for some advice on sending a mare to stud.
Vetting a second opinion!
When you’ve made the decision to send your mare to stud, one of the first steps you take might be to ask a vet to perform a breeding soundness exam. This could help to ensure that you’re sending your horse off to breed at the right time and in good health. The exam will usually include a clinical and rectal examination, ultrasound and an overall assessment of her reproductive tract. In many cases, the stud might require swabs for such infections as Contagious Equine Metritis and require laboratory certificates to be provided upon arrival. It could be very important to check the terms and conditions of your chosen stud in order to ensure that their requirements are met.
What’s the plan?
It might seem obvious but it could be well worth considering what time of year you wish to have a foal before sending your horse off to stud! There can be various things to consider here, for example a spring foal might benefit from warmer weather and good pasture. If you plan to show mother and child together then having an early foal could help to ensure that they’re developed for their debut show season. There could also be more to consider for a foal born in the winter. For example, you may have to supplement their food to ensure that they’re getting enough nutrients as natural grazing might not be an option.
Timed to perfection!
Once you’ve decided when you want your foal to be born, you might have to break out the calendar and work out the timeframes in order to make this happen! A mare’s reproductive cycle lasts for around 21 days and she will usually ovulate during the last 24 to 48 hours of this time. It could be best to keep a record of your mare and her seasons because this way you can work out when she’s due and send her to stud a few days before. Allowing her the time to settle in the days prior to being covered could make all the difference in a successful stud and, more importantly, keep her happy.
Hey there, stud!
The health of your mare could be the most important factor to consider before you send her off to stud. Ensuring that your horse is not over or underweight might be important. You might also want to think about making sure that your mare is fully vaccinated for Equine Influenza, Tetanus and the Equine Herpes virus. On top of this, it may also be worth speaking to the stud about worming. Getting your horse wormed before taking them away to breed or even on arrival could be advisable. Finally, ensuring that you make your chosen stud aware of any individual requirements for your mare, such as feed or allergies, could make a big difference in making them as comfortable as possible!
Making sure that you’ve got all of your preparation in place to send your horse of to stud might be a big job but can mean a successful and pleasant experience for you and your mare! All of the hard work might just be worth it when you welcome a new born foal into the world for the first time!
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