Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Stallion at Stud for Your Mare


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When breeding a mare, one of the most important decisions that you’ll make is choosing an appropriate stallion at stud. But as you’re looking at stallions, you’ll want to avoid these common mistakes when choosing a stallion.

Falling for Flashy Photos

Many ads for stallions at stud feature beautiful photos which make the stallions look amazing. These photos are often created by staging professional photo shoots and capturing the stallion when he looks his absolute best. But it’s important not to let yourself be swayed by photos alone. Don’t forget that you’ll need to consider many other factors when evaluating a stallion, including his show record, his temperament, his conformation, and his breeding results so far. Don’t simply fall for beautiful photos.

Choosing a Stallion with the Same Flaws as Your Mare

As you assess a stallion at stud, carefully critique his flaws. A stallion’s weaknesses should be in areas where your mare has strengths, and vice versa. Never choose a stallion who has the same flaws that your mare does, since it’s likely that the foal will also have those flaws.

Not Reading the Full Contract

Before you sign a breeding contract, take the time to read the entire contract. Never sign a contract because you’re pressed for time, or because the stallion’s owner tells you there are limited breeding spots available. Signing a contract that you haven’t read means you could be in for disappointing surprises down the road.

Choosing a Young Stallion Because of Cost Savings

It may be tempting to choose a young stallion who is new to breeding, due to the lower breeding fees. This generally isn’t a good idea, especially if you’re breeding only a few mares per year. You will put a significant amount of time, effort, and money into each mare’s breeding, and you don’t want to risk the quality of the foal in order to save some money on an unproven stallion.

Not Requesting Photos of the Stallion’s Offspring

Always ask for photos of the stallion’s offspring. These photos can give you a much clearer idea of the qualities a stallion passes onto his foals, and can help to identify whether a particular stallion may be a good match for your mare.

Finding a stallion at stud for your mare can take some time, but it’s worth the wait. With time and patience, you can find a great match and increase your chances of getting a great foal.

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