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Having a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology, plus being aware of each individual stallion’s sperm production capability, can help the stallion manager to make better decisions concerning proper care of the horse and the number of mares to be booked each breeding season.
Breeding horses is a precarious business at best. Despite great strides in research, conception rates overall are not high. Some researchers place them as low as 55-60% of all mares bred. In many cases, blame is placed on the mare. She is too old, she has uterine cysts, scar tissue, abnormal perineal conformation, a malfunctioning endocrine system–and the list goes on. However, it takes two to reproduce, and there are times when the problem can lie with the stallion. Before we can discuss what those problems might be, or what is involved in getting maximum reproductive efficiency from a stallion, we must understand the unique anatomy and physiology of the unaltered equine male. Only then can we understand what difference siz
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Les Sellnow is a free-lance writer based near Riverton, Wyo. He specializes in articles on equine research, and operates a ranch where he raises horses and livestock. He has authored several fiction and non-fiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse.
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