Stallions Ready for Action

Before your stallion heads to the shed, make sure he’s in peak physical health and mentally prepared to handle the rigors of the breeding season.
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Stallions Ready for Action
Preparing the stallion for breeding season is a year-round job involving proper diet, exercise, and many other factors. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

Before your stallion heads to the shed, make sure he’s in peak physical health and mentally prepared to handle the rigors of the breeding season.

Another breeding season is just over the horizon, and stallion owners and managers will soon be awaiting the arrival of mares for live cover, or orders for shipped semen. Breeding season dates and methods vary among registries, but they have one thing in common: when the season starts, managers must have done their homework so stallions in their charge are healthy, virile, have a high sperm count, and present a strong libido.

Preparing the stallion for breeding season is a year-round job involving proper diet, exercise, and many other factors. It’s important to consider stallions with special needs or those breeding for the first time.

Two researchers with extensive experience in the equine reproduction field, Edward L. Squires, MS, PhD, and Juan Samper, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, will provide helpful suggestions for stallion owners and managers preparing for the upcoming season

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Les Sellnow was a prolific freelance writer based near Riverton, Wyoming. He specialized in articles on equine research, and operated a ranch where he raised horses and livestock. He authored several fiction and nonfiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse. He died in 2023.

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