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post #1 of 12 Old 06-19-2013, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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New to breeding... Help!

We are new to breeding. We own 2 mares that have never foaled and one gelding. These three always do great together. We was given a 2 1/2 year old stud. We introduced him with the other three horses and within hours he cut out one of the mares and he will not let her near the other two horses. He has been doing his thing with her and we want to remove her and let him stay with the other mare until she comes into heat so she can be breed. But when we tried to remove her he went wild and started biting and kicking at the other mare who was left in the field with him. Was it not a good idea to remove her? And will he take to the other mare when it's time?
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-19-2013, 05:41 PM
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When removing a mare from a pasture in a herd enviroment with a Stallion. Remove the Stallion first. Every time. It is his instinct to protect and keep those mares together. Luckily you were not attacked.
It sounds like the OP has very little experience with horses in general and none with a stallion. This does not sound like a very safe set up or breeding plan. OP please learn as much as you can and LISTEN to the advice given. A crash course is in order. Shalom
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-19-2013, 05:42 PM
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He needs manners and ditto everything the previous poster said.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-19-2013, 05:45 PM
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You need to remove the stallion first and then sort out the rest of it but even then theres the potential for someone to get badly hurt here.
I'm going to offend you I expect but are you sure you're breeding something worth having here?
If you were given the stallion is he good quality, does he have any breeding to warrant him producing stock?
I'm really concerned that you're going into this without even the basic knowledge of what's going on. Is there someone local who has the experience to help you out 'hands on'?
This sounds like an accident waiting to happen - and when I say this please understand its with your best interests in mind
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No offense, but why do you want to breed in the first place? Like dogs and cats, there are hundreds of thousands of unwanted horses in the United States alone. Breeding can be extremely expensive and you can rack up thousands of dollars in vet bills and may also lose you mare or the foal. Call the vet and have the stud gelded. Then they can all live in peace and harmony without hormones ravaging their bodies.
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-19-2013, 06:01 PM
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What everybody else said.
And keep the gelding away from the stallion too, or you will soon say" I used to have a gelding. He got killed by my stallion"
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post #7 of 12 Old 06-19-2013, 07:17 PM
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One of the mares is already bred. He bred her when they put them in together. That's what all the fuss and fighting were about. If she took/takes there is already a foal on the way.
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-19-2013, 11:54 PM
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I too will probably offend you but really? You obviously have no experience breeding horses someone human or horse is going to get hurt or maybe even worse killed do any of these horses have any reason to be bred such as exceptional conformation, points in their discipline, champion bloodlines, has your veterinarian examined the stallion and mares being bred? are they even breeding soud? Are they up to date on all their vaccinations and other care? What do you know about their sire and dams? do they carry any genetic defects you should not be passing along? are you prepared to care for every foal they produce for their entire life if you can't find them a home? both financially and space wise there is a lot to consider before just breeding two horses because you got a "free" stallion just be wise and seriously reconsider
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-20-2013, 12:11 AM
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I agree too with the others. A stud with that kind of behavior shouldn't be bred. I'm not being rude, just thinking of you and your horses well being is all.

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post #10 of 12 Old 06-20-2013, 04:58 PM
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Oh dear, yet another mare being bred, by people who know absolutely nothing about horses, let alone breeding.

The OP has been given very good advice. I'd like to add here, that keeping a stallion is a HUGE responsibility. When you remove him, make absolutely sure, you have him in an are with stallion-proof fencing. If you don't, then he will probably escape by jumping or pushing a fence down and injuring himself in the process. Very large vet bill or dead horse.

If he does escape and mares belonging to others are in the area, he will likely get over the fences and breed their mares also. Could results in a law suit or your having to pay all fees connected with the keeping and foaling out those mares.

Breeding is not for the inexperienced. It takes much knowledge of the background of the horses used, what genetic tests must be in order for their breed, good and safe foaling area and a solid bank account, in case the mare has trouble during the foaling process.

If the mare was only just bred, then call your vet to give her a shot to abort. Geld the stallion immediately. Do not put him with the herd for at least six weeks after he is gelded.

Until then, take care in handling him. There was probably a good reason why he was free.

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