Are You Prepared to Stand a Stallion at Stud?


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If you’re thinking of breeding one or more of your mares, standing a stallion at stud on your farm may seem like the natural best way to build up your breeding operation. But standing stallions at stud isn’t a task that’s right for everyone. Here’s a brief look at how you will need to prepare to stand a stallion at stud in your stables.

Appropriate Horse Fencing

Good, strong, and safe horse fencing is a must if you will be housing both mares and stallions on the same property. Ideally, your paddocks should be positioned so that the stallions cannot see the mares. The fencing that you will need to safely contain a stallion typically needs to be taller than your standard horse fencing. The fencing also needs to be highly visible, and most barn owners add electrical fencing onto a solid horse fence to help keep their stallions safely contained.

Skilled Horse Handlers

Stallions at stud can often be more difficult to handle than your average horse. If you decide to stand a stallion at stud, then you will need horse handlers and caretakers who are experienced and knowledgeable in handling stallions.

Knowledge of Breeding Procedures

When you stand a stallion on your property, you will be responsible for handling the breeding procedures themselves. You might choose to bring in a breeding manager to handle the breedings, but you will also need proper facilities in order to keep all of the horses safe during live covers. The cost of creating breeding facilities can be significant; it may not be worth the investment if you plan on only running a small, occasional breeding operation.

Handling of Breeding Contracts

If you plan to offer your stallion at stud to off-farm clients, then you may experience a great influx of business. You will want to have a strong and detailed breeding contract drawn up, and will need to manage those contracts and your stallion’s schedule throughout the year. Additionally, you will need to have a good sense of what stud fees would be appropriate for your stallion.

By offering up your stallion at stud, you will also need to carefully manage your stallion’s breeding schedule. It’s important not to over-breed your stallion each year, since this could lead to fewer successful breedings and could negatively affect the demand for your stallion. Standing a stallion at stud brings with it a lot of administrative and office-type work.

Standing a stallion at stud on your property can be a rewarding and successful way to build your horse breeding business, but it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared for the increased demands of caring for a stallion on your property.

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