If you are considering breeding your horse, you should know your horse’s cycle and when she is in heat. A horse is not always in heat, as many people believe.

Using live, fresh, or frozen semen each have different success rates, cost, and availability issues. If you have lots of horse traffic, or if your mare will be in a closed herd are critical factors to consider. Insemination decisions need to be based on all the risk factors such as the breed, age, board, and the owner’s objectives.

For example, when you spend the additional cost to use artificial insemination, you will incur more work in ensuring your mare is pregnant and have a lower success rate than if you used live.