READ BEFORE VIEWING VIDEO PLEASE!
I sent my breeding video for the MOD's to review. I have permission to post it as a learning and teaching tool. Some points should be noted first.
Why we want a foal from these two!
1. Sereno has an excellent lineage and most everyone knows it. BUT due to a rather unusual situation we can not register him. Owner of the known stable died and the manager went into business for himself. Sereno is a great informal show horse. He is smart and learns. He is the smoothest riding horse that I've ever been on. His size and conformation is almost perfect Paso Fino. His temperament is really good though he does have some stallion moments and that's just fine with me. (his rearing in the video with me walking toward him is ok.) I work with, train, ride, play with Sereno everyday and we have a strong bond with respect and trust.
2. After two years of searching for a mare, we found Hechicera (Sorceress). Though color was important, she was perfect. The mare has a similar problem and comes from one of the best stables in the Dominican Republic but no one witnessed the mating or made the proper notes. I personally know the owner that I bought her from, 6 months ago, and his reputation. She has had two foals before I bought her that sold very quickly. She was field kept so we have had to take some time getting her better acclimated to being around people. She has a smooth gate and ride. She has been quick to learn and has adjusted. She has most of the traits that we were looking for and a good match for Sereno.
3. We have the time, room, land, help and money to do this. We are not doing this for money. BUT, we know that the two other foals she had sold for $3k at 9 months old.
4.Though our stallion Sereno is not allowed in with the the gelding or mare, they are barn mates, can see each other in there stalls and from their own pastures, are groomed together and ridden together. So they "kinda" know each other.
OK. About the video. It's blurry and the sound is terrible. Perhaps for the better. This is the second mating of these two. Yesterday we let them graze close by while on leads letting them get closer and have some interaction. We could, and did, pull them apart a couple of times. We wanted to be SURE that Hechicera was ready and willing. Sereno was a gentleman nuzzling and a little gentle nipping and all went very smoothly that morning. The video is of the second mating was taken that evening. Both wanting to get to their grain so the expected routine had been changed. I did pull Sereno off of Hechicera since he was not ready and I didn't want him hurting her or himself. When he was ready they got it done.
We had another coupling this morning that went about the same as this video.
We opted to do this using just our leads because we know our horses and they know us; and we had others near if needed. This MAY NOT be the way to breed your horses. Some need a lot of restraining and to be tied down. Some stallions can be brutal and need boots or socks on the front hooves and some muzzled so they don't bite hard and deep. Some mares will kick the heck out of a stallion.
I'll let others with more experience comment and teach. I'll also start reading and entering in other foaling threads.