Fertility Evaluation Services for Mares and Stallions in Brisbane, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley
Put simply, not every mare or stallion is fit for breeding.
Evaluating your mare or stallion’s potential for breeding with a breeding soundness examination is the first step towards a positive pregnancy.
If you don’t properly evaluate your mare or stallion’s breeding soundness, you may encounter difficulties when attempting to breed. This can not only result in significant financial loss, but increase the risk of injury or illness to your mare or stallion.
What’s involved in a breeding soundness examination?
Firstly, a veterinarian will conduct a physical examination of your mare or stallion. Any horse used for breeding should be in healthy body condition, with a well-balanced diet, regular worming, vaccinations, dental and hoof care. This physical examination will also identify any musculoskeletal problems that may inhibit your stallion from mounting or worsen during pregnancy for your mare.
Secondly, a veterinarian will evaluate the breeding soundness of your mare or stallion. For mares, this will involve ultrasound of the reproductive tract. For stallions, this will involve testing for sperm count and quality. This testing will also signify any health issues that may prevent your horse from breeding, such as hereditary conditions that may be passed onto the foal.
How long will the breeding soundness examination take?
Most breeding soundness examinations take up to one hour. However, semen testing may take several days before results are returned.
Where will the breeding soundness examination be performed?
Breeding soundness examinations usually take place at our practice using our purpose-built facilities. If you require a breeding soundness examination off-site, please call us on (07) 5411 4554 for a quote.
Will my mare or stallion require any follow-up care?
If any health problems are found during the breeding soundness examination, your mare or stallion may require further treatment before they can be safely and successfully bred.
Your Next Steps
To find out more about breeding soundness examinations or to make an appointment, call us today on (07) 5411 4554 to speak with a qualified veterinarian.