Mistakes When Choosing a Stallion at Stud for Your Mare


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Are you looking at stallions at stud with plans of breeding your mare? Before you set your heart on a stallion at stud, consider these common mistakes that breeders can make when choosing a stallion at stud for a mare.

Choosing Based on Color

Unless you are breeding a horse that must be a certain color to be registered, selecting a stallion purely based on its color is generally not a good approach. The other characteristics, like conformation and temperament, that a stallion will pass on to his offspring should be given more weight in a breeding decision than the potential color output. A horse’s coat color will not affect his performance and overall health, while poor conformation will.

Accepting a Free Breeding Offer

When you are shopping around for a stallion at stud, you will want to find a stallion who is offered by a reputable breeder. Your goal when breeding your mare should be to breed to the highest quality stallion that you can afford. If you see offers of free breedings to a stallion, it is generally best to stay away from that stallion, since breedings to a quality stallion will not generally be offered for free. That said, occasional free breeding offers to quality stallions do occur – just make sure to do your research so that you know you’re choosing a quality stallion.

Not Reading the Breeding Contract

When you agree to breed your mare to a stallion, you will be presented with a breeding contract. This contract will outline the terms and conditions of the breeding, your roles and responsibilities in the breeding, and the conditions under which your breeding fee may be required. Always read the breeding contract thoroughly so that you fully understand the conditions that you are agreeing to.

Overlooking Potential Hereditary Diseases

When choosing a breeding stallion, remember that there are a variety of hereditary diseases that may be passed on to a foal. Many of these diseases affect only particular bloodlines of particular breeds, such as how Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP) affects the Impressive bloodline in Quarter Horses. Do your research beforehand to familiarize yourself with potential diseases that affect the breed of horse you’re working with. If there are tests available for stallions, make sure that any stallion you are considering has passed such tests.

Breeding your mare can be a complicated process, and choosing a stallion is something that you should do gradually. When looking at stallions at stud, it may be best to enlist the help of an experienced breeder to help steer you in the right direction. TOPHORSE–browse horses for sale or place an ad to sell horses

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