Breeding / Reproduction
Breeding horses will often involve the use of artificial insemination (AI) with fresh, chilled, or frozen semen. Regardless, whether you are breeding your mare using AI or live cover, the goal is to get a viable sperm to fertilise a mature, healthy oocyte (or egg). Before the start of the breeding season or as part of a pre-purchase exam, stallions should be evaluated for fertility and breeding soundness. In this article, Dr Rachel O’Higgins explains why this evaluation is so important and gives an overview of the current industry recommendations for a thorough evaluation.