Breeding your horse, especially your mare, needs thorough attention and research on the horse owners part. Not only do you have to consider the breed of the horse, but also other factors like it’s genes, behavior, color, conformation, etc. to make the right choice for your mare. Before choosing the horse itself, selecting the breeding farm is a very important matter that requires your utmost attention to ensure healthy breeding.
The following tips can help you select the right breeder for your horse and make way for a strong and healthy foal. Remember, it’s not always about the looks- You need to select a breeding farm where you can be assured of a good match for your horse on all accounts.
1. Ask around or research in magazines, equine publications, or the Internet for quality breeding farms near your area. Visit the farm in person and take a look at all the horses there. Do not go for a stallion just because it is beautiful or it’s color attracts you- the temperament, behavior, and manner of the horse are also very important factors that need to be kept in mind.
2. Make sure that you inquire about the complete history of the horse that you select for breeding. This includes its medical and health information, vaccination schedule, any previous breeding history, etc. You can also look at any past foals of your selected horse to get a more practical idea of what you should expect.
3. The health and well-being of your horse should be your first priority. Get the selected breeder checked for any physical defects or health problems. Also check for any birth defects or behavioral disorders. You should also make sure that your selected horse is vaccinated by a registered veterinarian and does not possess any contagious ailments or transmittable diseases.
4. First think of what you are looking for in a foal and then choose a breeder keeping in mind requirements and needs. For example, if you are looking for specific breeds like Arabian or Palomino, or wish for a foal that can compete in racing tournaments etc, search for a stallion that fulfills these requirements and can transfer the genes.
5. Ask for advice and guidance regarding the breeding procedure and bloodlines if you do not have any prior experience. Certain bloodlines cross breed more easily and better than others, and there is always the compatibility factors that you need to have in mind.
6. Last but not least, make sure your horse is ready for breeding and is in perfectly good health and age. You can take your mare for a physical examination with a vet, who can better assess whether she is ready for breeding. At the end of the day, it is all about he love and care that you put in to select the right breeder for your horse. If you pay proper attention, you can ensure the health and well being of both your horse and new-born foal. Best of luck!