Beadle Lake Large Animal Clinic offers a variety of equine reproduction services. Dr. Jason Van Lente is our resident equine reproduction specialist. He has completed several courses in reproduction and advanced reproductive techniques. Dr. Van Lente is willing to consult with you about your horse to develop a successful breeding program tailored to your individual needs. Please see our list of services provided below and feel free to call us at (269) 441-9233 if you have any questions about our services or to set up a breeding program. You may also e-mail Dr. Van Lente at email@example.com
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Before you breed:
A general physical exam should be performed prior to breeding to ensure that your mare is in good health. A breeding soundness exam should also be performed to verify your mare’s reproductive health. A breeding soundness exam often includes transrectal palpation of reproductive structures and/or ultrasound. If your mare has been bred unsuccessfully in the past then a uterine culture and / or uterine biopsy will likely be recommended by your veterinarian. This will allow the veterinarian to know if there is an underlying uterine infection or another reason why the mare has been unsuccessful within a previous breeding program.
The breeding season typically starts in February of each year. Mares kept under artificial lighting to imitate lengthening of day light will be more successfully bred this early in the season. Many people wait until later in the spring, starting mid March to mid April. As a mare shows signs of estrous (heat) the veterinarian will assess follicle size by ultrasound examination.
Typically as the horse shows signs of estrous (heat) the veterinarian will check the follicle size by ultrasound examination. This allows the doctor to see if there are any abnormalities within the ovaries or uterus for this particular heat cycle and as time progresses allows for the veterinarian to determine which day will be best for breeding. He is also able to see if there is an ovulatory follicle. The veterinarian also likes to check the uterus post breeding to be sure the uterus has expelled any extra liquid and is not continuing to accumulate any fluids.
Dr. Van Lente has taken courses and studied the embryo transfer technique. Embryo transfer is a technique used to obtain an embryo from one mare and transfer it to a recipient mare. The genetics of the donor mare are passed on without this mare having to go through pregnancy and parturition. This is a new, cutting edge procedure and Dr. Van Lente is excited to continue to master the technique. There is a lot of work involved in timing mares to be in sync with their heat cycles, breeding the mare, and prepping the recipient mare. Please contact us if you are interested in this procedure or if you would like to learn more.
Dr. Van Lente is able to collect semen from your stallion. With every artificial insemination Dr. Van Lente does check the semen for quality and quantity. We do have the supplies for artificial insemination and this can be done at our facility or at your farm.
Pregnancy, Foaling, and Foal Care
We want to make sure that your foal has the essientals for a lifetime of healthcare. We want to prepare you for what to expect with your foaling, as well as help you deveolop a Foal Care Program. Here is a Foaling Protocol, and the Foal Care Program is designed to help you keep track of important milestones in your foal's development.We can discuss a vaccinating and deworming program for your mare and foal, and we can give you information on what to watch for when your mare is in labor and during delivery. We can talk about the balanced diet that your mare and foal should recived, and how to maintain their body condition. We can provide you with Foal Care Booklets and a Mare and Foal Care Wheel you can take home with you to refer to during the duration of the pregnancy. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your mare and foal during their pregnancy.
Beadle Lake Large Animal Clinic 7115 Tower Road Battle Creek, MI 49014 Hours: Monday and Friday 8AM to 5PM; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 AM to 4PM; Saturday 8AM to 12PM 269-441-9233 firstname.lastname@example.org