Our dedicated team of reproductive vets have a wealth of experience in mares, foals and stallions, both with natural cover and AI. Together they have over 50 years’ worth of experience managing some of the largest studs in the UK.
Whether you have a band of thoroughbred broodmares or are hoping to have a foal from your beloved mare of a lifetime, our vets would be delighted to discuss the options with you, and we offer a range of reproductive services.
- Pre-breeding testing to ensure your mare is free from infections that could affect fertility, such as CEM, EIA or EVA. These tests are simply carried out on blood tests and swabs before the start of the season.
- Managing mares for breeding - Whether you are taking your mare to “walk in”at stud, or planning on inseminating her at home, timing is everything. Our vets can monitor your mare to ensure she is bred at the best time to optimise her fertility.
- Insemination - competitive packages are available to cover the scans, insemination and post-insemination checks required to optimise your mare’s fertility, or you can work on a “pay as you go” basis.
- Pregnancy scanning and twin management: Once your mare has been covered or inseminated, your vet will usually want to see her 14 - 16 days after ovulation to see if she is in foal and to check that there is only one pregnancy. A twin pregnancy is usually best managed before day 16 of pregnancy. Your vet will usually want to see your mare again to check for a foetal heartbeat between day 26 and day 35. After day 35, if your mare is unfortunate enough to lose her pregnancy, her uterus will still think it’s in foal, due to the presence of “endometrial cups” and will likely not come into season again that year. Therefore, it is best to determine whether there is a viable pregnancy before this point.
- Embryo Transfer: This assisted reproductive technology is becoming more commonplace, especially for mares that have a rigorous competition schedule or who have problems conceiving with more traditional means. The donor mare (natural mother) is inseminated as usual, but on or around day 7 or 8 after ovulation (before a pregnancy can be visualised by ultrasound), the uterus is flushed and any embryo identified is implanted into the recipient mare’s uterus.
- Foetal sex determination- It is possible to determine whether your mare is carrying a colt or a filly early on in her pregnancy, but only for a finite window. The best time is between 58 and 70 days. This can be helpful for commercial clients, determining which mares to sell or for individual mare clients, who would just like to know!
- Infertility investigations: Sometimes your mare may struggle to get in foal. There can be multiple possible reasons for this. Our vets have the experience and resources to investigate these issues and may need to perform specialist procedures, such as lavages, swabs, endometrial biopsies, endoscopy of the uterus (hysteroscopy), endometrial cyst laser removal or oviductal flushing.
- New-born Foal Checks Once your new arrival is here, we would be delighted to check them over, ideally between 12 and 36 hours old. We will examine your new foal for any abnormalities, administer tetanus prophylaxis, if required, check the placenta (please keep this for us!), examine the mare and take a blood sample to check the foal