We will nearly always perform a breeding soundness examination on a mare prior to breeding.
What is a breeding soundness examination?
A breeding soundness examination (BSE) is performed on the mare to determine a mare’s suitability as a broodmare and to identify any potential causes of sub/infertility.
Certain parts of the examination are routinely performed during the breeding season as part of the monitoring of the appropriate breeding time in normal mares.
Some indications for a BSE are:
- age >12 years of age
- exam before undertaking expensive AI/ET program
- repeat breeder (not conceiving)
- repeated early embryonic death
- problem foaling
- history of endometritis/metritis
- pre-purchase examination of a breeding mare
How often will my mare be in season?
To explain this, here are some definitions for the terms we use to describe your mare's cycle.
- 19 - 24, average 21 days
- 4 - 9, average 6 days
- 12 - 16, average 15 days