- Choice of stallion
- Determination of fertile period
- Rectal palpation and ultrasound
- Ordering of semen
Your mare and future foal in experienced hands
Do you want to breed from your mare? We can assist you with this: from the correct timing for insemination to the check-up ultrasound scans so that you know for sure that your mare is in foal. This is summarised as pregnancy supervision.
In 2011 Steffi was awarded her diploma “Reproduction Supervision” from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht. She also passed the certificates ‘ultrasound’, ‘reproducing’ and ‘frozen semen insemination’. In addition we work very closely with the horse vet gynaecologists at Dierenkliniek de Piekenhoef. During the breeding season they visit our business daily.
The time to inseminate your mare is from the beginning of February to the end of July. The most mares by far are nowadays inseminated via AI (Artificial Insemination). We are also an AI-station so we can offer you advice and also order the semen for you.
Estimation of the time of ovulation is important. Ovulation usually occurs 1 to 2 days before the end of oestrus. We check this by performing an ultrasound on your mare on the first or second day she comes into season. We call this the follicle check. We look at how active the ovaries are and the size of the follicles. We also check the uterus for any abnormalities such as infections, cysts and tumours. If everything is in order we inseminate.
But the pregnancy supervision goes further. What follows is an echo that we carry out 1 or 2 days after covering. We check whether ovulation has taken place and whether the uterus is clean. If ovulation has not occurred after 48 hours then we will inseminate your mare again that same day.
After just over two weeks we perform another ultrasound. Now we can check whether your mare is in foal. We check that it is not a twin pregnancy. This doesn’t happen very often, but the chance of it being successful is extremely small. If this is the case then we can treat it. Then it is wait until the foetus develops into a big strong foal.