Pasture breeding noob
So I'm new to pasture breeding, I've only done AI. But recently I started working for this woman who's all natural, and doesn't believe in AI or in hand. So she wants pasture brewing. She's foaled horses on site, just not bred them herself. She bought a gorgeous stallion a year or two ago and now wants to breed him to a broodmare for a test run.
I've made a little diagram (which isn't very clean lol) with my phone to show the layout. I'll explain the numbers below!
Layout : http://i.imgur.com/siHWg8V.jpg
A: House... Pretty simple
B: Round pen. We made this round pen with metal panels. It was a temporary riding arena (attached panels to fence and used the fence as one of the long sides) while the actual one was being built. The panels are moveable and everything, it's just there as I'm training a lot, and now there's a gelding living in it because his foot is torn up.
C: Stallion paddock. So the stallion lives in here with two miniature geldings. He's a really chill guy, doesn't scare or spook and he's only 3!
D: Sub pen 1. There are 4 "sub" pens to the stallion paddock. This is the first one. There are currently 2 bottle feeding calves in there.
E: Sub pen 2 AKA Stud pen. This is the second sub pen. It's enforced for a stallion overnight. It has high chain link fence with hot wire running along the top. The gate is mega enforce with chains and clips and like 4 different things. He can't escape overnight in it. During the day time when there aren't geldings being ridden next to his pen, it's left open so he can go into his little hut/shelter if he wants to.
F: Sub pen 3. This is a small pen with a shelter and grass. It's left open all the time. The minis like to stay in this one.
G: This pen is open when all the mares aren't turned on to the clover field.
H: Geldings field. Self explanatory.
I: "Empty" paddock. This is where an outdoor arena is built in. Sometimes we will keep a horse in the arena area, and then put other horses around it to get used to the others. The stallion is in his pen at this time. Usually we ride in it though.
J: Mares. 9 mares are here during the day. Overnight, 6 of them are turned onto the clover (broodmares stay on grass).
K: Clover field. Lots of clover and grass and everything in the field. The 6 riding mares (plus yearling an donkey) get turned onto this overnight. But we will probably keep em on it 24/7 now as they have eaten it down pretty much completely, and we'll leave the 3 broodmares in the mares paddock.
There is other stuff on the property, but none that matter. There is also a long pen that I couldn't draw with my finger beside the arena and in front of the mare's field. It's pretty skinny and long. Nothing is in there right now.
All of the pens, paddocks, etc minus the arena area and round pen have a few shelters in them.
Sooooo my question is - what is the best way to breed him? Should I select the mare that comes into heat and put her in with him in his stud pen, one of the sub pens, put him up beside the broodmares in that long pen, round pen? Just wanting your opinion. And we can make up the round pen wherever, the panels are movable! And feel free to ask anymore questions.
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