Originally Posted by Harlee rides horses
I would never do pasture breeding. The barn I board at, they just put the stallion and mare in the same pasture and when it came time for labor, the mare colicked, and got the baby twisted around with her intestines and pushed her intestines out instead of a baby. Hand-breeding is more precise and you can pretty much guarantee that your mare will be pregnant.
What does pasture breeding have to do with a colic during labor? I must have missed a detail or two here because I am confused.
I have just started breeding my stud last year, but will do hand breeding with any outside mares. We did a combo with our mare...we started out hand breeding, and she was taking it very awkwardly, despite our stud's best and most polite efforts. They get along and were courting well, so we made the decision to turn them out together for a couple of hours. They managed much better on their own. The next day, we tried hand breeding again, with the same result, so again turned them out together, this time leaving them in for about three days together until she was no longer showing signs of heat. That was not my preference, but it ended up working best.
As I compete my stallion, I will 100% be hand breeding outside mares, and I have actually been looking into AI, but know nothing of the finer details of that method yet...that is what I would like to end up doing though.