Preparing Your Mare For Stud

There are a number of things that need to be considered before sending your mare away to stud. For more detailed information contact your local veterinary surgeon.

Breeding Soundness Examination of the mare

Prior to sending your mare to stud it is prudent to have her examined by your veterinary surgeon to ensure that she is fit to breed. To perform this safely your veterinary surgeon may require stocks although quiet, well-behaved mares can be assessed over a stable door.

The breeding soundness examination will include:

•A physical examination •Rectal examination •Ultrasound scan •Reproductive examination At the same time your veterinary surgeon will also be able to perform clitoral swabs and blood tests required by the stud to confirm that your mare is free of venereal disease.

Other General Considerations

Before sending the mare away you will need to consider the following:

  • Vaccinations (tetanus, influenza and herpesvirus (if required))
  • Worming control
  • Teeth management
  • Shoeing
  • Overall physical condition of the mare

Also it is common practice for any new arrival onto a stud farm to be isolated for 3-4 weeks. This allows time for any incubating infections to be shown up. If your mare is pregnant and you are sending her away to stud to foal and be recovered, then the mare should arrive at the stud at least 3-4 weeks prior to her foaling date.

Your veterinary surgeon will be able to provide you with further information on both what is involved with a breeding soundness examination as well as providing advice on appropriate considerations for your mare.