Response to cooling of pony stallion semen selected by glass wool filtration
The aim of this study was to compare the sperm separation technique using filtration through glass wool compared with just diluted cooled semen. Eighteen ejaculates were collected from 6 pony stallions of the Brazilian pony breed. Evaluations were done on pH, osmolarity, total motility, membrane functionality (HOST), membrane integrity (CFDA/PI), morphology and mitochondrial viability (MTT) in fresh, 24 and 48 h of cooled semen at 5°C. After dilution, the half of the extended semen was cooled (control group). The other half was cooled after filtration trough glass wool (filtered group). Retained semen was considered the portion of cells that did not transpose glass wool barrier. Total motility from the control, filtered and retained groups after 24 h of cooling was 35.5%, 43.3% and 10% (p < .0001) respectively. Sperm membrane integrity percentage at the CFDA/PI test was 37.9%, 44.8% and 14.8% (p < .0001), on the control, filtered and retained groups respectively. The results confirmed that the passage of spermatozoa through glass wool increased the selection of spermatozoa from pony stallions with higher motility, mitochondrial viability and membrane integrity for cooling in milk extender up to 24 h. Moreover, it was not obtained higher sperm parameters to control after cooling 48 h under the conditions that the study was conducted.