Safe Teasing

Teasing is essential to detect when a broodmare is in estrus, but it’s no easy feat due to the size and power of the animals involved. Safety should be top priority–to avoid injury to horses and people. Teasing is particularly useful on farms with more than a dozen mares, according to…
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Safety when teasing depends on the surroundings, the method, the horse, and the handler.

Teasing is essential to detect when a broodmare is in estrus, but it's no easy feat due to the size and power of the animals involved. Safety should be top priority–to avoid injury to horses and people.

Teasing is particularly useful on farms with more than a dozen mares, according to Ahmed Tibary, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, professor of theriogenology in the department of veterinary clinical sciences at Washington State University.

"You are then looking at two options," he says. "During breeding season you'd have the vet come every other day to scan mares, or use a teasing stallion to reduce the number of veterinary examinations

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Heather Smith Thomas ranches with her husband near Salmon, Idaho, raising cattle and a few horses. She has a B.A. in English and history from University of Puget Sound (1966). She has raised and trained horses for 50 years, and has been writing freelance articles and books nearly that long, publishing 20 books and more than 9,000 articles for horse and livestock publications. Some of her books include Understanding Equine Hoof Care, The Horse Conformation Handbook, Care and Management of Horses, Storey’s Guide to Raising Horses and Storey’s Guide to Training Horses. Besides having her own blog, www.heathersmiththomas.blogspot.com, she writes a biweekly blog at https://insidestorey.blogspot.com that comes out on Tuesdays.

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