Tower Equine

Veterinary Surgeons


AI Terms & Conditions 2017

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Mare Health

Strangles* - All mares must have a negative blood test for strangles within 1 month before arrival.

CEM* – All mares covered naturally in 2015 or 2016 must have a negative swab for CEM (contagious equine metritis) taken after 1 January 2016. This may be taken before arrival or at the AI Centre.

EVA* – All mares imported from abroad must have a negative blood test for EVA (equine viral arteritis) before arrival. Mares that have not left the UK do not require testing, although we reserve the right to request testing where we feel it is appropriate.

Passports – all mares should travel with their passport, which will be retained at the stud during boarding. Up to date Flu and tetanus vaccination is advisable.

Worming – Mares and foals will be wormed every four to six weeks and owners charged accordingly.

Farrier – All mares should have their back shoes removed before arriving at the stud. Mares and foals feet will be trimmed as necessary and owners charged accordingly.

* - Certificates and/or Lab Reports for Strangles and where required for EVA must be forwarded to Tower Equine Veterinary Surgeons at least 24 hours before the mare is due to arrive - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / fax on 01778 591082.

Veterinary Treatment

Pregnancy Scanning – All mares should have a first pregnancy scan on the fifteenth or sixteenth day following insemination. A second scan to confirm pregnancy and obtain a heartbeat is advised.

In Foal Fee – An In Foal fee of £150 plus vat is payable on all mares leaving Brackenspa Stud or Tower Farm in foal to chilled or frozen semen. If a mare leaves without a pregnancy scan she will be assumed to be in foal and the fee will be charged. If she is subsequently found to be not in foal before 1st October 2017 and this is confirmed by a vet’s certificate, the fee will be returned.

Veterinary Treatment – Tower Equine Veterinary Surgeons reserve the right to provide any veterinary treatment they consider necessary for the welfare of mare and foal and to charge owners accordingly. In the event of an emergency we will attempt to contact the owner prior to treatment, but if this is not possible we will administer the treatment we consider most appropriate.

Invoices – The veterinary fees for all fixed price packages and any additional veterinary treatment are payable to Tower Equine before the mare leaves Brackenspa Stud or Tower Farm. Keep fees over and above those included in the packages and any additional livery charges are payable separately to Brackenspa stud or to Tower Farm, at the same time. Mares will not be allowed to leave before payment is made in full. VAT is charged on all accounts.

Age restriction – The fixed price veterinary packages are not available to mares aged 16 years and over. Mares of this age are accepted for insemination but standard stud charges will apply.


All mares are at Brackenspa Stud or at Tower Farm at their owner’s risk, and whilst every veterinary care will be taken, Tower Equine (taken to include Tower Equine Fertility Services) is not liable for any damage, injury or illness to mare or foal. Tower Equine accepts no responsibility for visiting horses and does not provide insurance cover for them during their stay either at Brackenspa Stud or at Tower Farm. It is the individual responsibility of the owner to have their own comprehensive insurance cover.

All mares are inseminated at the owner’s risk, and Tower Equine do not accept any liability for injury or damage to any mare howsoever caused.

All Frozen semen stored by Tower Equine is stored at the owner’s risk and no liability is accepted for any damage or loss of semen. Whilst every effort will be made to coordinate the correct ordering and delivery of chilled semen, Tower Equine accepts no responsibility for failure of availability or arrival of semen.


Tower Equine Veterinary Surgeons reserves the right to terminate this agreement if we believe or have reason to believe that:

  • it would not be in the welfare interest of the mare to continue
  • the mare or foal poses an unacceptable risk to other horses or to handlers,
  • the terms of the agreement as detailed above have not been complied with.



In the event of deciding to send a mare to either Brackenspa Stud or Tower Farm, please print, sign and return a copy of these terms and conditions to Tower Equine Veterinary Surgeons.

I have read and agreed to all the conditions detailed above


Signed ......................................................... Dated .........................................................

Full Name .....................................................