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Artificial Insemination for Thoroughbreds

They're born and bred to be the best running machines on earth, but some say Thoroughbreds could be better.

Thoroughbred owners want to breed their mares to the best stallions available. Yet because they're not allowed to use artificial insemination, it's logistically difficult and expensive to access new blood. They lose the proven benefits of hybrid vigor, and they wear out the good stallions they do have. Reproduction expert Karen Berk.

"When I watch a stallion being bred six days a week, three times a day, to the point where his libido goes 'I don't want to do this anymore,' I look at it as almost a humane issue. I have the utmost respect for the Thoroughbred industry, but this would definitely simplify the workload."

Equine transport companies and others that benefit from the current ban on artificial insemination will undoubtedly continue to fight its acceptance for Thoroughbreds.



Story Credit: The Horse Show, with Rick Lamb: http://www.thehorseshow.com/

 

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