Could someone please tell me roughly at what age does a colt become fertile?
Obviously I realise gelding should be done at approximately 6months of age if at all possible, but when can a physically mature colt actually begin to cover a very small quantity of carefully selected mares?
I do not have a colt myself, just very curious!
Any information greatly appreciated.
b Posted From: 184.108.40.206
Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 04:05 pm:
Hi. A friend of mine bred a yearling colt to a mare of her's as he was showing much interest in her. He got her pregnant in 6 breedings. She just bred him to the mare because she was going to stand him at stud when he was 3 years old or so and she wanted to have some proven babies on the ground.
Anonymous Posted From: 220.127.116.11
Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 08:46 pm:
Thank God my breed registry refuses to register any foal that is the result of conception while either parent is less that 24 months (which I thnk is still too young). It keeps this kind of crap out of the breed. Of course many people (I wont say breeders) will do anything just to call themselves breeders, and get any kind of foal on the ground. I think your friend sounds like one of them.
Another Anonymous Posted From: 18.104.22.168
Posted on Tuesday, January 04, 2005 - 12:05 am:
I have to agree with the post concerning the reckless breeding of colts who are too young. At that age, a colt has yet to completely fill out, is still usually growing (would hate to have a kick planted right onto a growth plate), and is still learning real manners. The youngest a horse should be bred would be the summer of their second year, minimal! Each registry decides what age they believe a colt should be bred, so make sure to check. Even then, some colts might not be allowed to breed until their 4th or 5th year. I have seen some Friesian stallions who had to wait until their 5th/6th year because they were still maturing.
Until that point, show the colt, teach him manners, and talk to people who are working with the same breed. If you can't place within an ACCREDITED (not local, because they'll put a ribbon on a cow if you could put a bridle on it) show, then cut the colt. People who breed like B's friend are why so many horses are sent to slaughter each year. They're considered throw-aways, and they're why some registries are considered jokes in the horse world.
Anonymous Posted From: 22.214.171.124
Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 12:08 am:
How about waiting to breed those colts when they've actually proven themselves in the show-pen and earned the right to reproduce? They should also me a minimum of 2 years but even that is too young!
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