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  • Writer's pictureThe PFERA Team

3 things to consider before your mare goes off-property

Updated: Oct 17, 2019

Are you selling your mare or leasing her out? Make sure her records go with her!

Kobyla has three users with access to her profile and reproductive records, past and present

1. Do you have you mare's records?

Transactions can happen quickly. Having to find and copy paper records to send along with the mare you just sold can be a pain and may have even deterred you in the past from doing so. Without organized records, sellers often rely on telling the buyer by mouth any important details. These details can easily be forgotten or lost in translation. If it is out of season, the new owner may be unable to recall what you advised come spring time. If you want your buyer to be successful with their new purchase, the more information they have, the better.

Selling your mare to someone who doesn't use a computer or a smartphone? No problem! in Some situations, hard-copies are necessary. This is why we have made it possible to print every report from FoalPoint. When using FoalPoint, you are not restricted to only online use, your records can be downloaded, printed and tangible.

2. Help give your mare the best start in her new home

If you have ever bought or leased a mare for breeding, it was likely a well thought out decision and your are looking forward to the upcoming year. When she arrives, she's in good shape and exactly what you were hoping for, you can almost already see your perfect foal running beside her. You're excited to get the breeding process started so you start teasing her right away. A few weeks have gone by and she doesn't seem to be responding at all. You have her scanned and realize she did go through a cycle and ovulate but you missed it due to her silent heat. During this scan you also find she has multiple cysts and fluid, she's a bit of a mess! You're frustrated because now you've lost time on a mare that probably will require some extra TLC to get in foal anyways. Hindsight is 20/20 and you should have asked to see a detailed reproductive history before you leased her. You still really like the mare but it would have been nice to have a "heads up" so that you could have been more prepared.

With FoalPoint you can share or print off breeding records for the new owner, never letting the above story happen. Whether you are leasing, breeding or you share ownership of a mare, you can stay in the loop without worrying about constantly updating or being updated via email, calling, or texting. FoalPoint will support your positive reputation as a seller and a breeder.

The FoalPoint sharing feature gives you two choices for access

1. Read Only: the person you shared the profile with can view all the records but can not edit

2. Read and Write: the person you shared the profile with can view all the records as well as contribute to them

Share records instantly with your mare's new owner

3.) Is your mare being bred to a stallion on the other side of the border?

Sharing a border means we are fortunate to have access to stallions in the United States and vice-versa. If you are breeding by live cover, you will be shipping your mare down to a stud farm in the U.S. As availability is often rare, you want to do all you can to help your mare get in foal on her first cover. If she doesn't, you might be shipping her back and forth once again, paying for boarding until her next cycle or even have to switch stallions. Sending detailed reproductive records with your mare is a great way to leverage breeding accuracy and help the stud farm be successful. Not to mention, you may also save yourself some additional veterinary bills if her cycle is already thoroughly tracked and well-recorded when she arrives.

"She was leased out last year so I don't know much about her last pregnancy"

If your mare is travelling off property to be leased, boarded or bred and then shipped back the following year, you will be able to send her records but also receive detailed records in return. FoalPoint will make the following breeding season much easier.

In general, everyone needs to be kept on the same page about a mares reproductive health and her records need to follow her wherever she goes. Digital record keeping is important as a welfare responsibility and to ensure good management practices.

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