Research into equine artificial insemination has recently expanded with increasing horse numbers, the developing leisure interest in horse riding and the realisation of the economic advantages of artificial insemination. This book provides a detailed reference book on the subject and covers its historical development, relevant equine physiology, current practices and future possibilities. It is extensively referenced to allow further reading into specialised areas.
Mina studied for her degree in Animal Science in Nottingham University. After going on to study for her PhD at Aberystwyth University she was awarded the Animal Health Trust Wooldridge farm livestock personal post-doctoral scholarship to continue her research at the University. As a member of staff of the Welsh Agricultural College she set up the Equine Department and courses. Since joining the University Mina has headed up the equine courses, and over time has developed and managed as well as taught on a wide range of equine science and studies courses, ranging from Foundation degree to MSc. Mina has particular responsibility for postgraduate students and for many years has been Course Director of the MSc Equine Science and MSc Animal Science courses in addition to supervising research students. Mina attained a University teaching excellence award in 2010 and a Higher Education Academy Senior Fellowship Award in 2014. Mina has taught on and held external examiner/adviser positions in numerous Universities in UK and abroad. Mina has published widely in the scientific and popular press in addition to being the author of 3 text books. Mina has been a horse owner and rider since childhood.
I: Introduction 1: Introduction 2: Advantages of Artificial Insemination 3: Disadvantages of Artificial Insemination 4: Conclusion 5: Historical Development and Present Use of Artificial Insemination 6: Introduction 7: Early History of the Technique 8: Decline in the Horse Population and Equine Research 9: Development of Techniques for Collection of Semen 10: Development of Techniques for Evaluation of Semen 11: Development of Techniques for Handling and Storage of Semen 12: Development of Techniques for Insemination of Semen 13: Present Use of Equine AI 14: Current Reasons for Using Equine AI 15: Conclusion 16: Stallion Reproductive Anatomy and Control 17: Introduction 18: Stallion Anatomy 19: Control of Stallion Reproduction 20: Conclusion 21: Production of Spermatozoa 22: Introduction 23: Seminal Plasma 24: Spermatozoa 25: Conclusion 26: Semen Collection 27: Introduction 28: The Artificial Vagina 29: The Condom 30: Preparation of the Stallion for Semen Collection 31: The Collecting Area 32: Sexual Stimulation of the Stallion and Encouragement to Ejaculate 33: Alternative Methods of Semen Collection 34: Collection Procedure 35: Frequency of Collection 36: Training the Stallion for Collection 37: Conclusion 38: Semen Evaluation 39: Introduction 40: Semen Evaluation as Part of an AI Programme 41: General Semen Handling 42: Gross Evaluation 43: Microscopic Evaluation 44: Functional Tests for Semen Evaluation 45: Sexing Spermatozoa 46: Conclusion 47: Semen Storage and Transportation 48: Introduction 49: Extenders 50: Fresh or Raw Semen 51: Chilled Semen 52: Cryopreservation of Semen 53: Conclusion 54: Mare Insemination 55: Introduction 56: Selection of Suitable Mares for Insemination 57: Preparation of the Mare for Insemination 58: Preparation of Semen for Insemination 59: Methods of Insemination 60: Factors Affecting the Success of AI 61: Conception Rates to AI 62: Conclusion II: Conclusion