can a mare be ai'd at home

crazycoloured

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I am thinking of putting my mare in-foal next year but am not decided yet.Mainly want to breed something for myself to bring on and keep.my question is could my mare be ai'd on my premises without sending her to an ai centre.we have a very good vet who specialises in ai and if needs be a stud round the corner with facilities unfortunately they dont do ai.im dont think you can have it done at home but worth checking.
 

Vickijay

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My mare was done at home this summer, there were lots of visits from the vet which took up quite alot of my time (but as I only have a pretend job it was ok!) and was more expensive for the AI package as it had visits to me on top but was worth it to learn a bit about the process and to have her stay home with me
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AndyPandy

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You can certainly have it done at home. Your vet should be able to offer you a package deal... what's putting you off sending her away?
 

elizabeth1

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I had my mare done at home this summer.The AI package with arundel Equine Hospital [not my normal vet but used for AI as they are the best in the area] cost £325 +VAT for the first cycle.Luckily she conceived first time,but if any further cycles were needed it would have been £240+VAT for each extra cycle.This included all scans pre and post insemination deemed necessary by the vet,prostaglandin,all visits including examination after insemination to check for ovulation and post inseminating problems and the first 15 day pregnancy scan.
The only extra costs I had were the stud fee from the stallion owner and then a fee from Twemlows who collected and despatched the chilled semen.This cost £90 +£21 carriage. I also chose to have a 28 day scan which was extra.
I thought this was very good value.The previous time I sent her up to Twemlows who were excellent but I obviously incurred livery charges on top, plus a 4 hour journey each way.I would always stick with the home option now,although you do need to be available for the vet for up to 6 appointments as I recall in a 2 week period!You also need to be there to receive the semen -timing is vital!
 

crazycoloured

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My mare dosent cope well being away from home she is a worrier and is really unsettled she has diahorea and loss of apetite.when i sent her for breaking she was awful she wouldnt settle the whole period she was there.so id prefere to have it done at home.less streesful i know what kind of stallion im looking for.just need to find the right one.and an added bonus to this is as siad you dont have livery charges and you can witness the whole process which is interesting and educational.
 

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We must have been very lucky when we had our one and only AI experience over 12 years ago as our usual equine vet just came out when we told them the mare was in season, they said when to get the semen for. Semen arrived here at home, we called the vet and she inseminated. And the price - apart from the cost of the semen and deposit on the container - usual vet visit price plus just the price of a usual examination. How times have changed!
 

Marchell

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The only real disadvantage of A.I.ing at home is possibly

1) non availability of stocks ( all depends on your mare, if she is quiet behind and willing to put up with several scans in close proximity then not a real issue.

2) dealing with possibility of numerous vet visits

Whilst charges vary ( in 2009 we charged £250 for first cycle and this included one weeks livery (usually only with us a week). The package included all work up scans, drugs, insemination and post ovulation scans, excluded washouts, O plant and pregnacy scan), you do still need a vet that is experienced with A.I. to have the optimum chance of a pregnancy.
 
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