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We can provide veterinary management of broodmares and stallions from swabbing to the checking of mares and foals in the immediate period after birth.
We can help to prepare mares for visits to a stallion at stud or for AI which is now becoming a very popular method of breeding mares.
Swabbing of both mares and stallions should always be carried out prior to breeding naturally or by AI to rule out causes of infertility and the spread of venereal disease.
Andrew.J. Hill,MA, Vet MB, GP Cert(EqP), MRCVS is a very experienced,knowledgable stud vet with a reputation in the south west,newton abbot and Dartmoor area for providing positive advice and results at a realistic price.
Natural covering of mares is almost always carried out at the stud where the stallion stands.We are well equiped and experienced in the management of mares and stallions at stud
AI can be carried out using fresh/chilled or frozen semen.
Timing of the insemination requires some manipulation of the mare,a process which we are well experienced in.We can also provide a semen collection and dispatch service for stallion owners.
Pre-paid packages are available for mare owners.Please ring the office for current season prices and to confirm what is included.
It is a good management practice to examine the mare and foal within 24 hours of the foals birth.
The mare is checked to ensure that no reproductive tract damage has occured during the birth process and that the udder is healthy.The foal should be checked to ensure there are no congenital abnormalities and a blood sample will confirm that enough colostrum has been taken.In addition an injection of tetanus antitoxin will avoid disease while the navel dries.
An exception to this is if the mare does not pass her placenta within 6 hours of foaling when we should intervene to remove it.
Retained placenta can cause severe problems in mares.In any case please keep the placenta for the vet to inspect-little pieces left behind can be just as dangerous.
As with any reproduction there can be problems along the way but when successful breeding your own foal can be an enriching experience.
The end result we aim to provide is a healthy mare and foal.