Introduction to Horse Mating
|Horse mating appeals to horse racing enthusiasts. It is a traditional practice that has produced legendary competitors for the world of horse racing. Stallions are brought across the oceans from other continents by breeders to produce foals with exceptional physique and mental strengths.|
Breeders use directories and visit stables to gather information about a particular breed.
Natural Horse Mating
There are a lot of things to consider in Horse Mating, like what is the best way to conduct horse mating operations? Should the stallion be allowed tograze in the pastures with the mares or use an assisted horse breeding methodology?
There are many believers in natural horse mating methods. Natural horse mating involves letting your stallion out to pasture with some mares and hope for the best. This method has a strong advantage but too much is left out of your control. Natural horse breeding keeps handlers completely out of harms way. This is the major advantage of this method especially for those inexperienced breeders, this may be the safest way.
|Horse mating can be rough and ugly, it depends on the manners of the stallion and the objects of its affection. When an unreceptive mare is mounted by an overly hormonal stallion, hooves will fly and the risk of getting marked is high. Both the stallion and the mare can possibly be severely wounded.|
While stallions know when to approach and when to lay off the mares, and patient mares will display warning signs before kicks painted with mean intentions start to fly, it is sill best to take a more direct role in the procedure.
Breeder Assisted Mating
|Breeders are encouraged to test their mare’s receptiveness first before considering the possibility of mating the horses. This is done by walking your mare to the stallion’s stall and allowing them to sniff and “nuzzle” each other. The mare is in heat when she flashes her vulva repeatedly, squirts a lot, and assumes a mating stance.|
It is important to ensure that all signs are present and clearly noticeable, because when a mare goes through her first day of heat, she may show some of the signs slightly, but still not fully receptive to the idea of allowing a stallion to mount her. When it is ensured that the mare is in full heat, the breeder can take her back to her stall for some last minute preparations.
|Then washing the genitals of both mares and stallions with warm water to minimize the insertion of dirt, dead skin and smegma during the mating process is required. This should be done carefully especially if the breeder is not fully familiar with his stallion, because not all stallions are fond of people handling their privates.|
By testing the two, the mare and the stallion, the risk of an overly eager stallion attempting to mount a mare that’s not ready is minimized. But in natural mating, the mare may decide she does not like the stallion, and the stallion may be aggressive and scratch up the mare’s back during the process, that is why the assisted route is still advisable.
|In assisted breeding, two people are involved: one to handle the mare and the other to handle the stallion. It is necessary that both handlers are fully confident in their abilities to work with horses. Inexperienced handlers can be seriously hurt during the mating process if they are careless. It is strongly recommended that handlers should wear protective helmets during the mating process.|
When everything’s ready to precede including the mare, the stallion and their handlers, the mare’s handler may walk her into a paddock, riding ring or round pen. Keep the stallion stalled during the entire procedure. If a stallion is allowed to follow a mare too closely, the stallion will often become impatient and disorderly which may put everyone at risk.