Stallion

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Q - I will be breeding my mare using cooled semen. Is there anything I can do to increase her chances of becoming pregnant on the first try?

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Q: I have a new stallion that I hope to offer cooled and frozen semen from. What do I need to do to prepare him for collection? A: Starting a stallion is perhaps the most important aspect of breeding management.

Q: I can only feel one testicle on my yearling stud colt. Is it possible his other testicle could descend later or could he be a cryptorchid? If he is a cryptorchid, will he still be suitable for breeding? A: If the colt was born with two testicles, chances are that the second one will descend.

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Old maiden mares are considered special mares with the possibility of reduced fertility. An old maiden mare is a mare that is older than eight or nine and has never had a foal. However, there are other mares that are in the same category; mares that are bred at the age of two, foal when they are three, and then go into a show career and are not bred again until they are 12 or older behave very similarly. Not all are the same, but they are all at a higher risk of being a problem.

The "Gen-ethics" of Breeding

By Lindsay Day - Recent advances in genetic research have paved the way for more effective identification and screening of genetic diseases in the horse. With these developments come new ethical considerations with respect to breeding practices, testing, and disclosure.

Maximizing Stallion Fertility

By Debra Ottier - An understanding of the behavioural patterns, limitations, and basic needs of a stallion is necessary to comprehend why some stallions are not able to settle all the mares they breed. In many cases, what can make one stallion more fertile than another comes down to management, although inherent fertility certainly plays a large role as well.

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