The natural way or stick to the modern system..?
Iv a broodmare that's proving to be hard to get into foal. She's 8, perfectly healthy, and is in good fit condition. She's been to the stud twice and no luck yet. The vet has done loads of tests on her to check everything is working right and has done blood tests just to make sure everythings ok.. all fine. When she went to the stud farm the people said she settled in fine and when they brought the teaser out she reacted good and was ready to go to the stallion but they said she seemed to sour very quick around him and they only got to cover her twice. I have considered AI but the studs with stallions I like that provide this service are abit out of our budget. So I was told that it might be a good idea to think about letting her run with a stallion for the summer on our land. Iv a few stallions in mind and all are good natured horses, but I am just worried that when my mares not in heat that theyd fight! Would it be best to try and get him out with her just before she's about to come into heat, so that she's "willing", and they settle better with each other.. I kinda liked this idea because with the stallion being with her all the time he wouldnt miss a heat, even if it was short, and the mares so settled in her field that I think she might take if she's in her own surroundings and is settled..
What do yous think? Anyone else use the natural way?