Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Thanks for the additional advice. That is scary about the hobbles. The twitch is an interesting idea..I will check out the articles and see if my vet can show me how to use one for the future. Our mare went back into cycle after the first breeding, so we bred her again, and she is now in foal, so it will be a couple of years before we breed her again. I wonder if the twitch would have worked in her situation...she was very willing to breed and setting up well, she just fidgeted a lot with her back end when he was trying to cover her as if she was preparing to be knocked off balance at any moment.
Can anyone explain what the theory is behind breeding every other day? We did every day the first cycle, every day the couple days of the second cycle, and then we put them in together for the remainder of her cycle. Obviously if I open my stallion next year, I will not turn someone else's horse loose with him, but our mare and him worked really nicely in together and were able to get the job done better without humans in the way. Our mare is in foal, but if other mares are here for a limited amount of time, I want to have the best odds for successful breeding.
Another question that came up was with the mare's tail. We had the upper part wrapped, but the rest of it still seemed to get in the way.
I have yet to decide whether to open my stallion for breeding next year, but if I do, it will be for a very limited number of mares. He is still in training, and advancing very well, so that is where my focus with him is, but a lot of people have been asking when I am going to open him up. I know that a lot of people open their stallions much earlier (he will be six next year), but I just don't feel in any hurry. It seems like the more events he competes in, the more interest people have in breeding their mares to him (go figure :) ).