Originally Posted by Annanoel
Okay, please don't rip me apart here, at least not too bad! I have an honest situation and looking for advice. I have a neighbor who would like a foal. She is a highly experienced horse woman and she used to breed. She has lost her stallion, and now has asked if she can breed my colt if it works out. He is only one and a half so she wants to put him in with her mare, and just let it happen...
Rocky is very well mannered and has indeed displayed he is ready. He is now in with her and they've become best friends. Is this honestly alright? I know people have "accidents" happen. He is young and I didn't want to control the breeding and have it go to his head. She just wants to see if they'll breed once and then he will be gelded.
I guess I'm just looking for advice, they have been in for a week now and no action. I really think he is too young to realize what he needs to do. Would you say leave them together if everything is fine or should I just pull them and geld him?
I still work with him daily, it has not changed his attitude or demeanor at all, he is just in with Chyenne instead of my other gelding.
**We have consulted a vet recently, he said that if all worked out just let it happen naturally since he is so young. Also to be careful not to control the breeding and don't force it. Just let him be a young horse!
I don't see a problem with it necessarily. The vet was consulted, if it's going to happen then it's going to happen.
I personally wouldn't breed one that young, but that is your choice. I don't think it will do him any harm being in with the mare, and actually may teach him some manners about how to behave around mares. If the breeding is planned and wanted, with the vet giving the okay, then I would not pull him.
Be advised that he may get an attitude after he is used as a stud. And gelding him may not do anything after that, it's all individual to the horse. Be prepared for that, and then let them do their thing.
Number one thing to remember, this is your horse, so you get the say in the breeding up until that mare has taken, unless otherwise agreed upon with the mares owner.
Oh and BTW, unless you've been out 24/7 youll never know if there was action or not. And if the mare hasn't come into heat yet, she will not allow said action. But it wouldn't be too uncommon for her to come into heat, get bred, and then take without you even seeing the "action"