Embryo transfer in horses: essential to modern breeding

  • L T. M. Vandenberghe
  • J. Govaere
  • H. Nelis
  • M. Hoogewijs
  • P. Daels
  • A. Van Soom


Nowadays, a valuable competition mare can produce offspring without interrupting its sport career which is made possible by a technique called embryo transfer. The valuable mare is inseminated and an embryo is flushed seven days later. The early embryo is then transferred to the uterus of a recipient mare that carries the pregnancy to term. In 50% of the cases, flushing of the donor mare results in an embryo. After transfer, an average of 70% of the recipient mares become pregnant. These percentages are influenced by several factors related to both the donor and recipient mares.

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Vandenberghe, L. & Govaere, J. & Nelis, H. & Hoogewijs, M. & Daels, P. & Van Soom, A., (2012) “Embryo transfer in horses: essential to modern breeding”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 81(5), 274-282. doi:

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Published on
30 Oct 2012
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