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Changing your mare’s estrous cycle patterns can facilitate your breeding and performance plans. Learn about current options for owners who want to control their mares’ heat cycles in this article excerpt from the May 2020 issue.
Is your mare’s competitive career progressing, but you’d like to get a foal from her? Dr. Ryan Ferris gives an overview of how much time a mare needs off training for assisted reproductive techniques, such as embryo transfer.
Current horse breeding trends are characterized by a decline in mares bred and a new focus on well-being of established pregnancies, as well as enhanced genetic selection related to the health and future performance of foals.
Researchers identified three ways to help improve pregnancy and foaling rates: breeding mares multiple times in a season, inseminating close to ovulation, and choosing a stallion with progressively motile sperm.