Skip to content Ontario. Horses have the potential for high reproductive performance. With an understanding of basic reproductive science, breeders can be better positioned to achieve their goals.
Do you know the difference between stallion-care lore and reality? If you own a stallion, or are thinking about owning one in the future, you should. The more you know, the less unnecessary work-not to mention heartache and disappointment-you'll experience.
The goal of a stallion breeding soundness examination is to select stallions for fertility, eliminate stallions with heritable defects, alert owners of subfertile stallions, and determine any cause of infertility. It is important to note that the fertility is assumed for time of examination only, since conditions may arise shortly after the examination that affect fertility. History The foaling rate is a good indication of fertility.
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A stallion is a male horse that has not been gelded castrated. Stallions follow the conformation and phenotype of their breedbut within that standard, the presence of hormones such as testosterone may give stallions a thicker, "cresty" neck, as well as a somewhat more muscular physique as compared to female horses, known as maresand castrated males, called geldings. Temperament varies widely based on geneticsand trainingbut because of their instincts as herd animals, they may be prone to aggressive behavior, particularly toward other stallions, and thus require careful management by knowledgeable handlers.
Also see Breeding Soundness Examination of the Male. The breeding soundness examination should begin with a thorough history, including information regarding libido, mating ability, number of mares bred, pregnancy rates, prior illness or injury, and any medications administered. A general physical examination should be performed, noting lameness particularly of the back and hindlimbs and heritable conditions that may affect breeding ability or desirability as a sire.
Then subscribe today! Stallion problems fall into some broad categories. A lack of sexual desire is a frustratingly common problem in stallions.
Jul 12, Breeding. What a week! I am exhausted just from watching the clinic staff in recent days — Springhill Equine has been in full swing for breeding season these past two weeks!
This chapter reviews normal and abnormal breeding behavior of domestic stallions. Included are practical considerations for routine management of stallions as well as for the retraining of behaviorally challenging stallions. Descriptions of reproductive behavior of equids under free-running conditions are available in a number of resources. Most domestic stallions are handled under halter for live breeding or collection of semen.