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Date Posted: 12:26:56 09/30/08 Tue
Author: Katy
Subject: Breeding
In reply to: Joni 's message, "breeding" on 03:38:31 04/07/08 Mon

We have had only had a 1x issue with breeding; but we do take the expensive route and check everything from folicle size to ultra-sounding every few hours until the perfect moment before insemination. We have always got our mares pregnant on the first try...easily but it does cost more than the average horse. We have friends in California who leave their mares at the clinic overnight for the same commitment to getting a mare in-foal. We have bred with Fresh-cooled & frozen semen.

Be aware of mistakes of trusting only 1 stallion owner; great example: Friesian Dreams (Jim & Lorraine Paradinovich) owner of Anne and Anton 343. We have found them to be the only stallion owners who have sent us semen with low-motility and an incomplete does, several times in breeding season.

This can happen to you too and if you are new to breeding especially...you might not know that you are dealing with amateur owners who are telling you their semen is good when it is not! I hope your vet checks the quality of the semen and can fairly assess if it is your horse that is the issue or the stallion.

Anton 343, we had used in the past when he was collected at Hilltop and owned by the Zine Family... the semen was great back then. However, Friesian Dreams collects the stallion may more times and the semen quality is now a poor quality, at best. You could be paying thousands of dollars before you discover it though.

Therefore, do not blame the mare first. Check with other people close by and see which vet they use to get their Friesian mares in foal. Ask those vets, whose semen they like. Feike always has amazing semen quality, year after year, consistently.

We have also had our vet read Paul Loomis' breeding recommendations on the Hilltop website. Hilltop publishs this directly from the Netherlands. We had personally sent these recommendations from Paul Loomis to the Pardinovichs the first year they had Anton and it went really well; but as you can see, it is not necessarily the stallion that is to blame but how they are collected each year. They do it a different way this year and I could not recommend them under any circumstance.

Find a good stallion owner and a good vet and Best of Luck to you!

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