When Nature Meets Science: Breeding With Frozen Semen

What you need to know and expect when using this breeding method

Artificial insemination (AI) allows Mother Nature and science to work hand in hand, providing broodmare owners access to choice stallions worldwide. It also offers a safer breeding method than live cover for the mare and stallion, both from a physical and pathogenic standpoint.

Nowadays, all breed registries but The Jockey Club allow AI using fresh, cooled, or frozen semen. While all three techniques involve collecting semen from a stallion to inseminate a mare—immediately with fresh semen, within 48 hours with cooled, and indefinitely with frozen—only the latter offers the utmost convenience.  

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