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post #1 of 11 Old 04-08-2007, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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This may be a stupid question, but

how long can a stallion produce babies. At what age do they stop or slow down? The reason for this question is I have found one and he's an old guy, just didn't know if he would be able to produce for very long. Thanks for your time.
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-08-2007, 04:44 PM
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er... it would depend on their health i would of thought x

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post #3 of 11 Old 04-08-2007, 05:10 PM
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It depends on the horse and their health, but until they're in the their 20's or so. I think you can breed them until they decide to stop breeding, I'm not sure.
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-10-2007, 01:57 AM
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You could get a vet to do a sperm count and see if he's not 'shooting blanks'. That's the most definate way to tell if a stallion can still breed. It depends on the stallion whether they can still breed sucessfully. I have known stallions to still be breeding at 30 or so. These stallions only breed very few mares a year to save the stress on thier bodies. Artifitial insemination is also sometimes used if they stallion can't mount comfortabely.

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The vet can also do a sperm motility percentage. It doesn't matter how many sperm he has if they don't swim. 8) How old is this stallion?
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-12-2007, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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He's 27 years old.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-12-2007, 01:49 AM
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He's pretty old. Are you planning on buying him for breeding purposes? If so, personally, I would pass. Even if his sperm is good, he doesn't have very many (if any) breeding years left. It is physically very hard on a stallion to breed. Even if everything is ok, he should breed no more than 3 mares per season.

If your thinking of breeding to him, as for a sperm count and motility report. No use putting them through a breeding if it's not going to take. I would say consider AI but, that decreases the chance of a mare "taking" even with a young virle stallion. Sorry.
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-12-2007, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Don't be sorry, that's why I asked......

The people are giving him away but I would have to pay for his shipping and it would quite a bit. I am going to pass on him, it's just not worth the free part. Thanks, Kim
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-12-2007, 05:56 PM
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Sometimes it's those "free" horses that end up costing the most. Too bad.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-20-2007, 04:12 PM
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my old stud lucky was well in to his 30 when he sored his last batch of foals
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