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Preparing your mare for breeding by

Sarah Lewin The stallion

The mare

Choice of stallion is one of Mares resume ovulating the first decisions. Factors in spring, but a cold snap in the weather and other to consider include size, external factors can affect temperament, breed, this. Nutrition is important conformation, fertility but being overweight can and performance. be as deterimental to A.I. increases the number fertility as being of stallions available. Semen can be fresh, chilled undernourished. The mare will generally be or frozen, and different receptive to the stallion for packages are available about 5 days on a 21 day - either a set number of cycle and will show coverings, inseminations classical signs such as or straws of semen and squirting small amounts of whether you are buying a urine. Her temperament pregnancy or a live foal. may also change.

The Vet

It’s advisable to ensure your mare is fit to breed. The Vet will examine the vulva, as this can change in older mares, and do an internal examination to check the cervix and finally an ultrasound exam of the uterus and ovaries. Mares going to stud need certificates to prove they’re not carrying Contagious Equine Metritis. A clitoral swab will be sent for laboratory analysis. A blood sample may also be required to certify the mare is clear of Equine Viral Artaritis.

SPRING TALK Dr Derek Knottenbelt

will be giving a talk on Sarcoids and other equine health issues at the Village Hall in Newbiggin on Friday 23rd March. Doors open 7pm for 7.30 start

Entry free

A.I. Packages

See our website for full details of our Artificial Insemination packages and to find out more about our BEVA(British Equine Veterinary Association approved facilities.

February 2012

Contact us: CALDEW VETERINARY HOSPITAL Carlisle House, Townhead Road, Dalston, Carlisle Tel: (01228) 710208 TOWNHEAD VETERINARY CENTRE Newbiggin, Stainton, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0HT Tel: (01768) 483789 LONDON ROAD SURGERY 87 London Road Carlisle CA1 2LG 01228 591005

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Meet Paragon’s Equine team




I joined the Paragon equine team in 2008 after completing a degree in Equine Sports Science at Nottingham Trent University. I have always had a keen interest in horses, having ridden from a very young age and was a member of the CFHS pony club for many years. Show jumping is my main equestrian passion and I’ve competed in affiliated shows at junior and senior level both within Cumbria and further afield for the past 13 years. I’ve competed my mare Riana for the past five years but unfortunately she can no longer jump following injury. However she’s due to have her first foal in May, which I’m very excited about. I now have five year old Kimberley and hope to be competing her this spring. We also have three other horses - 29 year old 12.2hh Timmy, Roxy, who’s 3 and Storm who’s just one. I enjoy all aspects of equine work, especially breeding and A.I. Out of work my life revolves around my horses - which leaves little time for anything else!

EQUINE SHOPPING LIST... Stock up with equine essentials at our Newbiggin and Dalston surgeries everything from wormers to supplements and all at highly competitive prices. We also have equine First Aid kits - or we can make one to suit you.

ITCHY SKIN PROBLEMS by Lucy Hindmarsh • Lice are small insects that live on the skin, underneath the pony or horse’s hair. • Lice can make horses scratch so much they rub bits of mane out and make bald patches on their skin which can be sore as well as unsightly. • Lice are very small, but you can see them if you look closely where the hair meets the skin. You may also see lice eggs, which are small white dots that stick to each hair. • Lice usually affect the areas around the mane, forelock, neck and the base of the tail. • Lice are generally a problem during the winter or early spring, but ponies and horses can be affected all year round. • Ponies can catch lice from each other, and from rugs. You can buy lice repellent powders, but if your pony already has an infestation, a Vet will have to give treatment. Speak to one of our Vets or nurses for further advice. STOP PRESS... Welcome to our two new Vets Neaera Fletcher and Diether Prins who are joining our Farm and Equine teams. They will both be working from our Newbiggin practice primarily, and will be be accompanying colleagues on visits, wherever possible, to meet our clients. More on Neara and Diether in next month’s newsletter.

Equine Feb 2012 (a)  
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