HORSE BREEDING / HORSE MATING
How to make sure you get it right.
Here are the searching questions you need to make.
Submitted by Stephen Ashdown’s Horse Mating Veterinary Advice
Should I breed from my horse? Quite a fundamental question, I’ll think you’ll agree?
These are some of the issues:
1: What does a new foal cost? First there is the stud fee of £500 plus; then there is stud livery and routine vet's bills of £1-2000 and another £500 plus if you intend to send your mare to foal at the stud. These items do not allow for something going wrong with the pregnancy, birth or the foal's first few days.
2: Get the best stallion for the job not the cheapest one or the one nearest to you. Make a short list of stallions you wish to see - studs have photos and details - then go and look them over.
3: Looking for a stallion. www.stallionsdirect.com is an equine breeding site. We suggest you start here. You may want to consult the British Horse Database which publishes a list of registered competition stallions (01933 274363) or if you want a particular breed make a point of contacting the appropriate breed society listed in the British Equestrian Directory.
4: In preparing your short list of stallions bear in mind
5. Stallion shortlist. You can probably make a short list from all the photos and details provided by the studs and your other research.
6. Checking out the stud. When you visit each stud check out the venue, staff, general ambience and the cost. You then need to balance the looks and character of the selected stallion with the perceived quality of the stud.:
Stephen Ashdown answers over 100 Frequently Asked Questions on www.freevetadvice.co.uk and provides a free helpline
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