Stallions at stud - Choosing the right stallion


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When breeding your mare, it is important to choose the right stallion from the many stallions at stud. Choosing the best possible match for your mare from leading stallions at stud gives you the best chance at the breeding resulting in a top-quality foal.

Your decision to breed your mare should be based on her qualities that you want to see reproduced in a foal. Perhaps your mare has great conformation, talent in the show ring, or an excellent temperament. Ideally she should have many positive characteristics, and those advantages should outweigh her flaws.

Regardless of how many positive characteristics your mare has, you need to make an honest assessment of her flaws and give thought as to what traits you need to see in a stallion to compensate for those flaws. If your mare has minor flaws like legs that are on the short side or a weaker hind end, breeding her to a stallion who is strong in these areas can compensate for the mare’s weaknesses.

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When choosing from the many stallions at stud, initially look only for those stallions with characteristics you want to see in your foal. You need to critically evaluate a stallion’s conformation and how it will play into the foal’s talent in its expected discipline. Examine the physical build of the top horses competing in your discipline and familiarize yourself with the necessary traits for a winner.

Although a stallion’s physical conformation plays an important part in choosing a stallion, there are so many quality stallions standing at stud that you can also filter stallions based on their temperaments and still have a wide pool to choose from. Although your mare will contribute her temperament to a foal, the stallion’s character also plays a role, so consider carefully before you select a stallions at stud.

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Looking at mature stallions at stud gives you an advantage over younger stallions, in that mature stallions have foals from previous years’ breedings which you can examine for quality. Looking at a stallion’s previous offspring can help to give you a sense of what characteristics that stallion tends to pass on to his foals. Some stallions standing at stud produce foals so similar to each other that you can tell at a glance who their sire was; these foals indicate much of what you might expect in breeding your mare to that particular stallion. If a stallion has been standing at stud for multiple years, then you can look at how his offspring is doing in the show ring. Show ring success of a stallion’s foals can help you choose between leading stallions.

Don’t forget to look at the stallion’s own bloodlines, too. If you are breeding for a particular discipline or sport, such as racing, then bloodlines can be a determining factor when choosing from the many stallions at stud. Bloodlines will also affect a stallion’s stud fee, though, so always keep that in mind. Spend as much time as necessary evaluating how a potential stallion at stud might be a breeding match for your mare.

Don’t rush in to your decision making, and pick the best stallion possible that is available to you.

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