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Breeding Season

Updated: Sep 20, 2018

I began to write for the week of Spring Break and realized that since Anthony & I split the week in half with Jake & Julia, what I had to write wasn't enough for its own blog post - So Spring Break is going to be tacked onto week 13 of the internship/week 1 of Spring Quarter.


Spring Break

Spring Break was much less hectic than finals week and Anthony & I were able to finish all of our work around 1PM each day (Monday through Wednesday). On Monday, we spent a majority of our time palpating the mares. None of them were close to being ready to breed, and Pfluffy ovulated so we planned on having Jake & Julia give her lutalyse on Friday, which would be day 5 post-ovulation. The corpus luteum does not have prostaglandin receptors on it until about day 5 post-ov, so that is why we scheduled it for Friday and let Jake and Julia know via group text. The lutalyse would lyse the CL and short cycle Pfluffy so we would be able to breed her sooner, because she would start growing up her next ovulatory follicle sooner with the CL out of the way. After finishing with the mares, we did chores around the barn and exercised the boys. Smarty went home, so we only had Dun and Protege to work. Since it was supposed to be Protege's western week since Jake hasn't ridden him much, Monday through Wednesday I lunged him instead of riding, so he would be ready for Jake on Thursday morning.


Tuesday we teased the mares, exercised the boys, and continued to do more chores. Protege was an absolute love for me all three days of working together. He was attentive, willing to work, gentle, and all three days he wanted to stick his nose into the halter when I got into his pen to pull him out. I was (and am) really happy with him.


Protege being a love

Wednesday was our busiest day, with a Dun collection for shipment on top of the chores, boys, palpations, and PM feeding. Anthony handled and I collected. Dun was easy as usual, but I didn't think he had ejaculated when he dismounted. I think I let too much water out of the AV so it wasn't the best, but we did end up collecting 17mL and able to get two breeding doses to ship as well as a dose for us to cool. We drove with Kelli to the mail center on campus to ship the doses out, so next time I think we will be able to do it ourselves when we have another Protege or Dun shipment to send out.


A special part of spring break, for me, was that I got to know Pfluffy a little better. Kelli said I could get her out for lunging in the round pen, so I got her out a couple evenings and groomed her up and then lunged her. She looked incredible and seemed to really enjoy the exercise. After her workout, she was really in-my-pocket and wanted to follow me around and be close to me. She's a really sweet mare.



After feeding Wednesday night, I was done for Spring Break and Anthony was already on his way to LA. We weren't updated with how the week ended until after we returned from our break, but Pfluffy had a mucosal irritation/perforation from her palpation on Friday that had to be watched so it didn't become septic, and for that reason she was not short cycled and we will be waiting for her to grow up her follicle by herself. I was worried about her once I heard, but it is currently 8 days later and she is still doing okay.


Week 13

Monday:

Also - I almost forgot since foals are not my main focus, but the first weekend of break early on Sunday morning (3/25), Tiztuff had her foal. He is by Im The Town Sleeper and has angular limb deformities and tendon laxity. The vets have been working on him the past couple weeks to try to straighten out his legs and improve his strength. So far, so good! His hind end is looking really well.


Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday:

These three days were absolutely a blur. Im the Town Sleeper, an AQHA appendix stallion arrived to stand with us for the breeding season. We spent loads of time at the barn just doing everything that needed to be done - scanning 7-10 mares each day, collecting, cleaning stud stalls, exercising the studs, teasing mares, and any other tasks that were stud specific. For me, I also had to clean the lab several times (since we were in there so much!), feed the horses, and clean mare motel stalls.



Friday:

On Friday, we started the day by scanning 10 mares, which is definitely the most we have ever scanned before in one day. Yellow and Pfluffy had large follicles, relaxed uterine tone and cervical tone, and lots of edema. We had fresh Landkonig semen delivered on Thursday, so we bred Pfluffy and then collected Smarty to inseminate Yellow. I had to miss the Smarty collection and Yellow insemination because I was in class for the afternoon, but I came out after class and helped with the stud exercising and had to clean the mare motel.


We made a plan to scan Gangster and Shemariah, both of which we thought might be getting close to ovulating, as well as Yellow and Pfluffy to check for ovulation on Saturday.


Saturday:

Jake, Izzy, and I got to the barn around 8AM to scan the four girls and see what our game plan for the rest of the weekend would be. We scanned Pfluffy and Yellow first to check for ovulation, and Pfluffy ovulated! I was very pleased and am so hopeful that she will conceive. Yellow did not ovulate, so she got put on the schedule to be ultrasounded on Sunday.


Gangster and Shemariah were also checked, they both had follicles of decent size but did not have a relaxed cervix or a lot of edema, so we put them on the schedule to be checked again Monday.


Sunday:

I didn't go to the barn on Sunday, but Yellow was checked and had ovulated (woohoo!), and Roz was checked and looked to be close to ovulating, so Anthony & Julia collected Handsome with Kelli's help and then inseminated Roz. She will be checked for ovulation on Monday.

Also - I almost forgot since foals are not my main focus, but the first weekend of break early on Sunday morning (3/25), Tiztuff had her foal. He is by Im The Town Sleeper and has angular limb deformities and tendon laxity. The vets have been working on him the past couple weeks to try to straighten out his legs and improve his strength. So far, so good! His hind end is looking really well.


Im The Town Sleeper x Tiztuff Foal

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