Managing a Shy Breeding Stallion
Eileen, via e-mail
A.It sounds like your stallion might be what is known as a shy breeder. You know he breeds, but not as enthusiastically and as indiscriminately as many stallions will. I would not worry at all that he showed no interest in the mare last month—the one that was already out of heat. Though it is unusual, you could argue that stallions that ignore such mares are just “smarter” than most stallions. I have known many highly efficient and fertile stallions which seemed to waste no time on a mare which wasn’t just about to ovulate. So even when we think the mare is ready to breed, maybe the stallion is better able to tell the best time to breed.
At this point, there are a few things you can do before the breeding season. First, it would be wise to rule out any major physical or medical problems that might be a cause of low libido. The best way to do that is to have a breeding soundness examination done by a veterinarian who specializes in equine reproduction. To find a specialist, you can ask your
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