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Mare Services > Care of a Pregnant Recipient Mare

Your recipient mare must be cared for properly to ensure the birth of a healthy foal. Guidelines include:

  • Pregnant recipient mares should be kept in an area separate from other non-pregnant mares, young stock, and geldings. Other horses could transmit viruses or other diseases causing abortion.
  • Pregnant recipient mares should not be put into stressful situations (long transport, changing of herd, nutritional stress, etc)
  • Pregnant recipient mares should be kept in a paddock with good feed and/or supplemented feed as needed especially during late-term pregnancy
  • Tetanus/Strangles/Salmonella vaccination is recommended 6 weeks before projected foaling date
  • If mare is caslicked, she needs to be opened about 3-4 weeks before estimated foaling date
  • foaling paddocks should be clean and safe with proper supervision

Please remember that 4-6% of pregnancies will not carry to term for various reasons, many of which cannot be determined. This is a risk that horse breeders take with each pregnancy. Unfortunately, QEC cannot guarantee its recipient mares will have a live foal (and consequently cannot offer full refunds for recipient mares). We can guarantee that when a QEC recipient leaves the centre at 45+ days, it has been managed properly and is carrying a live foal. After that point, diligent management by client is the best way to ensure the recipient mare will carry to term.

Please note that QEC recipient mares are ever only under lease by the client; QEC recipients should be returned after weaning the foal, approximately 18 months after the embryo transfer date.