The effect of insemination volume on pregnancy rates of pony mares. Academic Article uri icon


  • It has recently been reported that large insemination volumes might affect fertility of mares. The results from these studies are confounded by other factors, however, such as inadequate number of spermatozoa in the inseminate. We conducted a study to test whether volume alone affects fertility when sufficient numbers of spermatozoa are present. Semen from one stallion was collected, extended at 50 x 10(6) spermatozoa/ml, and stored in a commercial semen cooling device for 18 to 30 h before insemination. Ten pony mares were assigned during estrus in random pairs to be bred every other day with either 30 or 120 ml of extended cooled semen. Pregnancy was diagnosed by ultrasonography per rectum on Days 11, 12 and 13 after ovulation. On Day 13, the mares were given a luteolytic dose (5 mg) of PGF(2alpha). On the subsequent cycle, the mares were given the alternate treatment. The pregnancy rates in the 30- and 120-ml insemination volume groups were 7 9 and 10 10 , respectively; this difference was not significant (P=0.2). Embryonic growth from Day 11 to Day 13 was not different (P>0.05) between groups. We conclude that insemination volumes as large as 120 ml have no adverse effect on fertility.

published proceedings

  • Theriogenology

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Bedford, S. J., & Hinrichs, K.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Bedford, SJ||Hinrichs, K

publication date

  • September 1994