HELP -- KY repro vet for problem mare

Ok… I will try to be brief. After some 25 years of breeding (mostly) warmbloods , I decided to hang it up with my “swan song” being a racing TB (I worked on the track for about 10 years long, long ago). I came across a nicely bred mare I could afford, had a deal with a trainer all worked out…signed a contract on a stallion. Shipped the mare a LOOONG way from my place to KY. Parked her at the only farm I could find that had room.

Now this mare had a complete work up at a major vet school before I sent her including uterine biopsy, etc.Her uterine grade was not great, but the vet said maybe a 30-50% chance of a Live Foal if she was handled correctly.

Fast forward to today when she was checked as open. As someone who has been working with frozen and shipped semen, inseminating my own mares, etc. I can see where the vet made several decisions that were not in the best interest of a pregnancy for this mare. The original vet (a therionlogist) agrees.

Farm manager totally blowing it off and saying “can’t change vets in mid-stream”.

Says who???

So I know this is a shot in the dark but any recommendation for vets in the Lexington area? And farms as well, since it seems I will have to move the mare. Sheds close July 3rd, so I have one more cycle left.

And is this normal? I mean communication sucks and I just have to take whatever vet that farm uses? I mean there are a BILLION vets in KY…common sense tells you they can’t all be good.

Thanks in advance. PMs are fine.

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In my experience, Kentucky farms care more about keeping their vets happy than their clients. So you are right that you will have to move your mare to switch vets because even if the farm vet “allowed” the switch, you would have hard time finding a repro vet who will be willing to step on a fellow vet’s toes (so to speak).

This is an off-the-wall idea (and not cheap, unfortunately) but what if you call either Rood & Riddle or Hagyard and explain the situation, tell them you need their best repro guy, and arrange to board the mare at the clinic until she’s (hopefully) checked in foal after the next cycle. I know it sounds extreme but since you’ve only got one more try you might as well give it your best shot.


A couple of casual friends (i.e. they were undergrad farm workers at UK when I was in grad school there) run this farm: They’re great horse people and really know their stuff. I have no idea if they currently have openings, but this late in the season, they might. Worth reaching out to them, at least.

Either of the big clinics (Hagyard/R&R) should have multiple excellent repro vets available to help you. Scheduling can be tight this time of year, though, I know. Good luck!


I’m a nobody, wannabe breeder, but my two experiences:

  1. I used to haul into Rood & Riddle’s repro center with my problem mare, because my home vet was about useless even though repro was one of his “specialties.” Could you arrange that without burning bridges at the farm? I was shocked how hard it is to find boarding for a broodmare in KY when I tried, so I know you might be in a pickle.

  2. Depending on the farm, they might do a late cover for you even after they close for the season. When I was breeding to Crestwood and Pin Oak stallions, they kindly extended the offer without me even asking. Although another farm was firm on their closing date. Anyway, my point is it can’t hurt to check. Not all farms will be willing, especially if the stallion worked hard or is shuttling, but I was surprised some places were so flexible for me.

Good luck. I unfortunately did not have any success getting mares in foal during my most recent foray. I took a break, as my mares retired and life got crazy. I’ll give it another go one of these days.