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Mare wont stand still for breeding?

Discuss all kinds of problems encountered in breeding mares from not standing for live cover, through to not getting pregnant for unknown reasons!

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Mare wont stand still for breeding?

Postby rcappaloosa » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:07 pm

I have a 20 yr old thoroughbred mare who wont stand still for mounting.She has many foals in the past, but this is our first time breeding her to one of our stallions. We teased her and she was in full blown heat(winking,urinating.etc), then brought out our stallion. She will stand and let them mount, but as soon as hes on top, she will start to wiggle her butt side to side.

We tried pasture breeding, but she wouldn't stand still for him. Then we tried hand-breeding her during her second heat, and even with someone at her side trying to stand her in position, she still refuses to stop wiggling, but the stud did manage one successful mating.

She is an older mare, but has always been an easy catcher. My question is how can we make her stop wiggling for mounting? We tried pinning her one side up to a fence, and someone at the other side, but she still managed to wiggle. Since we need the foals Jockey Club registered, AI is not an option. Any help would greatly be appreciated!
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Re: Mare wont stand still for breeding?

Postby Jos » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:44 pm

There are a variety of tips and tricks which Thoroughbred stallion managers use in live cover situations such a holding up a front leg until the stallion has entered the mare; twitching the mare to maintain a stationary position, use of drugs; and a variety of other techniques. Some can be difficult to explain via the Internet without creating a wreck, so your best bet is to try and get an experienced local Thoroughbred stallion handler to come and give you a hand...
We're always happy to try and help, but don't forget to check the articles section
of the website too, which has a search engine to help you look for answers!
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Re: Mare wont stand still for breeding?

Postby rcappaloosa » Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:36 pm

We were going to try twitching her, but weren't sure if that would help. Thanks so much for the ideas, the lifting of the front leg is a great idea!
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Re: Mare wont stand still for breeding?

Postby moonwillowranch » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:02 pm

I would be concerned about discomfort in her hips. At her age and based on the fact that she is wiggling and not kicking or being violent, i would wonder about pain from the weight of the mount. just a thought. I know livecover is unavoidable in TB's but it may give you an idea of why
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