There are many situations where embryo transfer is the way to go. If you have a mare that you want to show, but also want a foal out of, or if you have a mare that you think may be damaged carrying a foal, you might want to consider embryo transfer.
Advances in science and technology are continually changing the horse world. Not too long ago, removing an embryo from a horse and having a surrogate carry that foal to term was the stuff of sci-fi novels. Now, it is common practice. To keep up with the times and still uphold the integrity of the American Quarter Horse breed, AQHA has instated a set of rules for mares and foals involved in embryo transfer.
For your mare to have an embryo foal, she must have an embryo transfer enrollment on file with AQHA. An Embryo Transfer Enrollment form must be completed and returned to AQHA, along with a $200 enrollment fee, before an embryo is flushed from your mare. The mare needs to be enrolled each breeding season in which embryos are going to be transferred, and only one transfer enrollment is required no matter how many embryos are flushed from the mare that year.
AQHA does require the form be submitted on time. If the enrollment form is received after the embryo is flushed, but before the foal is on the ground, the fee goes up to $300. If the enrollment form is received after the foal is born, the fee is $400. See the highlights of AQHA Rule 212 below.
As you can see, there are a few twists involved when working with embryos, but all the basic guidelines are there. Check out the AQHA Handbook of Rules and Regulations for more information.