Yes, my stallion is papered, his DNA is on file with APHA. He has one registered foal from when he was bred at age two (before I bought him),and we have now bred him to our registered AQHA mare this year.
I have been doing research since he was two (he is now five) about what exactly I want to include in his breeding contract. I am in the process this summer of writing his contract so that I will have it ready for next year.
I am very comfortable with handling my stallion for the safety of him, the mare, and the humans involved; I spent the last three years training him in hand and in general for exactly this purpose. He is very respectful to me and what I am asking of him even when he is ready to mount a mare feet in front of him.
With our own mare, I have been careful to tease her adequately to make sure that she will in fact be receptive to him before I put him in harms way of a kick.
The area where I do not have as much experience is with the handling of the actual mare. The tips I was seeking were more along the lines of: how many people is the best number to handle the mare? Are breeding hobbles helpful? Has anyone found success in the use of a breeding chute or stall? Pature breed or hand breed (although I have heard that many mare owners want hand breeding)?
I do intend to do live cover, not AI at this point. I will offer a LFG contingent upon certain requirements being met by the mare owner. I also plan on outlining what needs to be done by the vet before breeding in my contract. I will explain board situations/accomodations, fees, etc.
My stallion will be six years old next year, and I feel that his riding and handling training is at the point where he can begin breeding. I was worried about a change in excitement after breeding him this spring, but he has actually become more calm and focused during training.
Unfortunately, we do not have "breeing farms" in the official sense of the word up here. We actually probably have less than a handful of reputable stallion owners/breeders in the entire state. The experiences that I could gain volunteering would be very limited. I can definitely seek out some experience in this way though.
Thank you very much for the feedback and concern. The last thing that I want to do is get anyone (horse or human) hurt :)