December 14, 2013 - Breeding: Preparing for Breeding

  • December 26, 2013
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Take steps to ensure a successful mating and pregnancy, especially in at-risk mares

by Dr. Nancy Loving

Breeding a mare is rarely as simple as choosing a stallion and setting a date. Some potential broodmares are still actively competing, presenting fertility challenges; some are notoriously difficult to get in foal, causing breeding scheduling headaches; and others are first-timers heading into the unknown. Or maybe the mare recently carried a high-risk pregnancy to term; her foal is safely on the ground now, and how the next breeding will go is anyone’s guess. Regardless of the horse and her history, breeders must take certain steps to promote a successful mating.

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