10-25-2009, 11:08 PM
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I would STRONGLY advise taking a course on it. It's not just about how to go about successfully breeding, it's just as equally about proper stallion management. Live cover is an extremely dangerous task for all people involved, and you absolutely must know how to properly handle a breeding stallion and recognized the signs both animals give during breeding season.
I worked for a Warmblood training and breeding facility for a year. Elaine taught me tons, and even had me artificially inseminating her mares. She taught me about teasing, and taught me how to collect from her Hanoverian stud. Icarus was 17hh of dreamboat. I loved that stud as much as my own horses, he was a dream to handle and often I'd curl up with a book on the front lawn and just hand graze him because he was such a gentleman.
But when it came to breeding? I wouldn't have handled him even if Elaine had LET me. He was still an extremely well behaved stud and not dangerous, and I've been working around horses my entire life. But the behaviors I witnessed were those I'd simply never encountered before and it took a definte professional hand to keep him level headed and behaving properly. I have no doubts in my mind that had I handled him without experience, I'd have been toast.
Best of luck on your endeavours!