Save time and boost breeding performance with records
Published 03/01/2012 | 05:00
Good records can save a lot of time and improve breeding performance. Detailed and accurate health and reproductive records are extremely important when breeding and foaling mares.
The details should include the mare's vaccinations, deworming schedule, hoof and dental maintenance, medications and any health problems.
Specific reproductive records for a given mare should also be maintained from season to season in a dedicated diary. Mares tend to repeat breeding and foaling patterns.
The records should include: the year, mare's age, previous reproductive history (for example number of foals, foaling complications, breeding injuries, tendency to pool urine, abortions and their identified cause, and previous uterine biopsy scores -- if undertaken).
The mare's status at the beginning of the current season (maiden, open, barren or foaling) should also be recorded.
The average equine pregnancy lasts for 340 days but, depending on the mare, it can range from as short as 310 days to as long as 374 days. Foals born earlier than 300 days are unlikely to survive.
Many owners become concerned if a pregnancy exceeds the expected duration. In general, mares will foal when they are ready and this is not necessarily when they are calculated to be 'due'.