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slacy09
Reg. Nov 2005
Posted 2019-02-08 8:08 AM (#7421458)
Subject: Cost to AI a mare?



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 Can anyone give me a ballpark figure of what it cost?
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Whinny19
Reg. Aug 2004
Posted 2019-02-08 9:20 AM (#7421467 - in reply to #7421458)
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The cheapest I've ever seen at the clinic I worked for was in the $600 range. That was a case where everything went perfectly; mare was within a couple days of being ready when she was first checked so didn't have to stay at the clinic long, stud farm was fantastic to work with and shipped 7 days a week (Highpoint, btw), mare took on the first shipment. More often, costs were in the $1,200 to $1,500 range. If you get into multiple shipments, hormone testing & medications, and long term mare care costs increase rapidly. You can get to $2k+ pretty quick if there are timing or fertility issues on either end. 

Edited to add: I'm referring to cooled shipped semen with these costs. Local and/or on-site AI can be much cheaper, under $200.


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Whiteboy
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Posted 2019-02-08 10:44 AM (#7421489 - in reply to #7421458)
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$500-$1000.   
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AmericanJelly1
Reg. Dec 2018
Posted 2019-02-08 10:50 AM (#7421492 - in reply to #7421458)
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I just had my mare AIed this year. She's due mid April. Any how, I have done more than I needed to as this is her first foal. I have been getting her checked very regularly. With that being said without the stud fees, shipment and all that jazz, the vet fees have been about $1,200-$1,500. It will vary by location. I got lucky and she took first try to Dashin Dynamo And yes Christi with High Point Performance Horses is great to work with

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slacy09
Reg. Nov 2005
Posted 2019-02-08 11:01 AM (#7421494 - in reply to #7421458)
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Thanks y'all!!  I would like to have my mare bred.  She's 6, never been bred before.  Could I be so lucky she would take the first time?  
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rpreast
Reg. Nov 2015
Posted 2019-02-08 11:51 AM (#7421502 - in reply to #7421494)
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slacy09 - 2019-02-08 10:01 AM

Thanks y'all!!  I would like to have my mare bred.  She's 6, never been bred before.  Could I be so lucky she would take the first time?  

It happens, but it's not something that I would 100% bank on.
As far as the cost, the vet we use is an $800 chute fee. That includes everything needed to get her in foal, up to 2 attempts. Every attempt after is an additional $350.
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Whinny19
Reg. Aug 2004
Posted 2019-02-08 12:15 PM (#7421505 - in reply to #7421458)
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That 4 to 6 year range is usually a good age fertility-wise for a first foal. But it also depends on the stallion's motility and how well he ships, and how well your vet can pinpoint your mare's cycle, too. Be thankful if it happens on the first try, but like the other poster said, don't count on it. My bf was discussing AIing his mare with me last year, and I told him to budget $2k for the vet costs just in case. Most of the time it won't be that much, but at least you're prepared if you run into problems. And yes, most clinics that do a lot of repro work will have an AI package deal. Ask around among your local breeders to find out who the best repro vets are, and then call and ask for prices. They can usually give you a ballpark figure.  
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wyoming barrel racer
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Posted 2019-02-08 2:08 PM (#7421526 - in reply to #7421458)
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Our repro vet won't even try to breed a mare on foal heat if she comes in prior to day 6. So we teased here at home and sure enough about day 6 she came in. So we hauled her and the mare to the vet. She had fluid so required oxi several times throughout and she ovulated about day 10. I think I picked her up roughly 2-3 days later after she was confirmed to have ovulated, they also gave her whatever the drug is to ensure ovulatation. No caslick and no regumate etc needed. Stud was also collected on site that she was bred to. So for 6 or 7 days, oxi, all the ultrasounds and AI with fresh semen and drug to ovulate, it was around $550. To me she had a picture perfect breeding other than the excess fluid (that might be normal in a foal heat for all I know).
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slacy09
Reg. Nov 2005
Posted 2019-02-08 2:25 PM (#7421528 - in reply to #7421526)
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wyoming barrel racer - 2019-02-08 2:08 PM Our repro vet won't even try to breed a mare on foal heat if she comes in prior to day 6. So we teased here at home and sure enough about day 6 she came in. So we hauled her and the mare to the vet. She had fluid so required oxi several times throughout and she ovulated about day 10. I think I picked her up roughly 2-3 days later after she was confirmed to have ovulated, they also gave her whatever the drug is to ensure ovulatation. No caslick and no regumate etc needed. Stud was also collected on site that she was bred to. So for 6 or 7 days, oxi, all the ultrasounds and AI with fresh semen and drug to ovulate, it was around $550. To me she had a picture perfect breeding other than the excess fluid (that might be normal in a foal heat for all I know).

Wow, that really sounds like a great price for all that.  
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slacy09
Reg. Nov 2005
Posted 2019-02-08 2:25 PM (#7421529 - in reply to #7421505)
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Whinny19 - 2019-02-08 12:15 PM That 4 to 6 year range is usually a good age fertility-wise for a first foal. But it also depends on the stallion's motility and how well he ships, and how well your vet can pinpoint your mare's cycle, too. Be thankful if it happens on the first try, but like the other poster said, don't count on it. My bf was discussing AIing his mare with me last year, and I told him to budget $2k for the vet costs just in case. Most of the time it won't be that much, but at least you're prepared if you run into problems. And yes, most clinics that do a lot of repro work will have an AI package deal. Ask around among your local breeders to find out who the best repro vets are, and then call and ask for prices. They can usually give you a ballpark figure.  

I have never known when my mare was in heat....does that have any effect on taking the first try or not?
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casualdust07
Reg. Mar 2005
Posted 2019-02-08 2:51 PM (#7421533 - in reply to #7421458)
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A 6 YO maiden I would feel good about getting in foal on the first cycle. Way easier than getting a 16 year old maiden in foal on the first try LOL.
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AmericanJelly1
Reg. Dec 2018
Posted 2019-02-08 3:16 PM (#7421545 - in reply to #7421529)
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If you take your mare to the vet prior to breeding they can tell where they are at in their cycle. Yes this will be adding to the cost but you will have a better chance of catching on the first try. With shipment fees being so high, I would recommend talking with your vet on the best approach and they can give you a ball park estimate. All the extra I did made sure my mare was bred. Yes added to the expense but was well worth it!

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Whinny19
Reg. Aug 2004
Posted 2019-02-08 5:17 PM (#7421565 - in reply to #7421545)
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AmericanJelly1 - 2019-02-09 2:16 PM

If you take your mare to the vet prior to breeding they can tell where they are at in their cycle. Yes this will be adding to the cost but you will have a better chance of catching on the first try. With shipment fees being so high, I would recommend talking with your vet on the best approach and they can give you a ball park estimate. All the extra I did made sure my mare was bred. Yes added to the expense but was well worth it!

This is great advice, and will give your vet a nice leg up for breeding season. Plus ultrasounding is at the lower end of costs (usually $40 or less), and is often included in the vet's AI packages (up to a certain number). Just tell your vet you want to breed your mare this year, but she doesn't show you any obvious signs of being in heat. So you'd like to get her scanned to find out where she's at in her cycle and start monitoring her.
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Posted 2019-02-08 8:48 PM (#7421587 - in reply to #7421529)
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slacy09 - 2019-02-08 1:25 PM

Whinny19 - 2019-02-08 12:15 PM That 4 to 6 year range is usually a good age fertility-wise for a first foal. But it also depends on the stallion's motility and how well he ships, and how well your vet can pinpoint your mare's cycle, too. Be thankful if it happens on the first try, but like the other poster said, don't count on it. My bf was discussing AIing his mare with me last year, and I told him to budget $2k for the vet costs just in case. Most of the time it won't be that much, but at least you're prepared if you run into problems. And yes, most clinics that do a lot of repro work will have an AI package deal. Ask around among your local breeders to find out who the best repro vets are, and then call and ask for prices. They can usually give you a ballpark figure.  

I have never known when my mare was in heat....does that have any effect on taking the first try or not?

 you just never know. I bred a 4 yr maiden mare of ours and she had a really short cycle and didn't settle. We live cover, bred her next heat and she's due this May.
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AmericanJelly1
Reg. Dec 2018
Posted 2019-02-11 9:12 AM (#7421802 - in reply to #7421587)
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IDK how true it is but I have heard a lot of maiden mares don't take AI the first time. Just what I have heard. People tend to live cover the mare the first time she is bred. Anyone have any truths to this? My mare was a maiden but I had no issues get her bred first dose.
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nettieb3
Reg. Sep 2006
Posted 2019-02-11 11:59 PM (#7421981 - in reply to #7421458)
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It was 60 visit, 50 to check her, and 75 to inceminate..good grief I’ve never heard of such costs as above. Now mind you I own the stallion. We took over to collect and went into next bldg to inceminate....14 days later they stopped at my house ..another 50 ultrasound and wala!!
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KindaClassey
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Posted 2019-02-12 6:15 AM (#7421990 - in reply to #7421458)
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I think the advice to get your mare checked ahead of time is a good idea. A big part of getting a mare settled with shipped semen is understanding how HER cycle works. Some mares read the books - they grow that follicle and release it just like the reproductive books say. Other mares do their own thing. They may release it kinda early or grow it monster big. But, they tend to do the same thing every cycle. Your vet having a basic understanding of how your mare cycles will help immensely with timing the call for semen - especially if it is from a stud that only collects on certain days. Spending some money early on the first time, can save you money and time down the road.

I use a vet in Evansville, Indiana. My mares all read the books, are consistent in their cycles, and I know when to take them. Unless I have one that needs extra flushing, it usually runs me around $500.
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ecranch
Reg. Dec 2012
Posted 2019-02-12 10:50 AM (#7422038 - in reply to #7421458)
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Last year I paid around $400-450 per mare.
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Posted 2019-02-12 3:03 PM (#7422090 - in reply to #7421458)
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I got super lucky the first time I bred my maiden mare. She took the first try. I paid $ 460 for her to be left at the vet hospital for 7 days for them to check on her regularly, handle the shipment, AI, etc. $400 for the stud fee. $ 349 for shipment of semen (ouch). And $ 115 for my local vet to come after she returned home to ultrasound and confirm pregnancy. = $ 1,324.00

Last year I tried to breed two mares and was not lucky at all. I had retained breedings to a stallion I had sold so I did not have to pay for any stud fees, just collection & Shipment

Mare 1 is the one mentioned before who had already taken easy peasy as a maiden. This time around she was at the vet hospital for almost 3 weeks. She was only developing a size 20 follicle (I probably worded that wrong) and then ovulating. They kept bringing her in, and she kept repeating this so they finally just tried breeding her on the small follicle. Vet care - $562. Collection - $ 250. Shipment - $ 93. Vet ultrasound upon her returning home - $ 90 (must felt bad for me when she didnt show pregnant). And before all of this she had been cultured - $ 200. So = $ 1,195.00 and no foal.

Mare 2 was older but not maiden. She was at the vets a week and even tho she cultured clean prior ( $ 200) she kept producing fluid that they had to remove. Her week at the vet cost - $ 1,015.00. Collection ($ 250) Shipment ( $94). Vet ultrasound upon returning home - $ 93. So $ 1,652.00 and no foal.

So well over $3,000 (after gas for hauling, insurance coverage, shots prior to breeding, etc) to breed 2 mares to a stallion I had retained breedings to and got no foals due this year. :(  Defiantly made me realize how fortunate I was the first time around.

This year I plan to haul mare 1 back to the vet and the stallion himself to be collected on and fresh AI'd inhopes that does the trick.

Best of Luck!

 

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Whinny19
Reg. Aug 2004
Posted 2019-02-13 9:14 AM (#7422156 - in reply to #7421981)
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nettieb3 - 2019-02-12 10:59 PM

It was 60 visit, 50 to check her, and 75 to inceminate..good grief I’ve never heard of such costs as above. Now mind you I own the stallion. We took over to collect and went into next bldg to inceminate....14 days later they stopped at my house ..another 50 ultrasound and wala!!

As mentioned above, on-site AI is much cheaper than cooled shipped semen. Often less than $200. 
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