Originally Posted by dbarabians
Sam failed to settle 3 of the 7 mares he bred this year. He is 20 and might begin to have low fertility.
The three mares are mine and I did not repeat the breedings as they were later in the year.
Star settles every mare during the heat he breeds them. I have not had to re breed a mare with him.
If Sam does have low fertility and as he ages it gets worse he will be put down. He is only sound for light riding and 21 next spring. He is a dominate stallion and not very kind to the mares he has been pastured with.
Now I am glad that the race mares I considered buying I was not able to close the deals or someone else beat me to them.
I hope I am wrong . I like Sam and if he were sound I would keep him as a personal mount. Shalom
Just so that you know, there are some fairly easy things that can be done to help a stallion increase his production of swimmers. Basically keeping him cool, feeding hay that does not increase body heat, and adding certain supplements that will be of benefit as well. Don't give up just yet