Tips for Breeding Your Mare

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Are you looking at ads for stallions at stud in preparation of breeding your mare? We’ve got some tips to help you along through the horse breeding process.

Find the Best Stallion at Stud Possible

Have you ever heard the saying, “Breed the best to the best and hope for the best”? While breeding horses is full of uncertainty, you can better your chances at breeding a desirable foal by putting the time and effort necessary into finding the best stallion that you can. If you’re working with a quality mare, you will want to be sure that the stallion is of similar or better quality, and that his traits can improve the mare’s shortcomings, and vice versa.

Read the Breeding Contract Thoroughly

Before you sign a breeding contract and pay the stud fee, be sure that you know what is actually in that contract. Read the full contract and take the time to understand the language enclosed – and if you don’t understand the language, ask someone who does. No two breeding contracts are exactly alike, and a contract may list specific requirements of your mare. If you don’t follow them, you could unknowingly void the contract and lose the stud fee.

Beware of Genetic Disorders

When you breed your mare, it’s up to you to ensure that the foal is not at risk for avoidable genetic disorders. Different breeds carry different hereditary disorders, some of which can greatly affect and threaten a horse’s quality of life. Before you decide to breed your mare, familiarize yourself with any disorders that the breed is prone to. If genetic testing is available, you should make sure that it is completed on both the mare and the stallion before you plan the breeding.

Prepare for the Unexpected

In the world of horses, nothing is certain, and nowhere does that hold truer than in breeding. Be prepared for things to go wrong, and for unexpected issues to crop up. Your budget should include plenty of extra money for expenses like emergency vet bills. If you plan on selling the foal, make a plan for what you can do in case the foal is difficult to sell and you end up owning him longer than planned.

Enlist Experienced Help

Nothing is more advantageous than having an experienced person to help you navigate the world of horse breeding. If at all possible, try to find someone who can act as a trusted resource, and who you can approach with questions as they arise.

Are you ready to breed your mare? Then it’s time to start looking at ads for stallions at stud.

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