Post Number: 1
|Posted on Friday, January 18, 2008 - 11:20 pm: ||
I am intending to breed by 2YO colt to a few mares this season. I am going to collect him off a mount and then AI the mares with his semen.
B/C he is a young stud, my question is will it help to improve his semen count if I start collecting him once weekly for the month leading up to when his semen will be required?
Or should I only collect him when the semen is going to be AI'd into the mare just prior to ovulation?
I appreciate any advice.
Post Number: 24
|Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 10:21 am: ||
Oh cool Belinda, Paints in Austrailia! What bloodline is your colt? We have been toying with the idea of trying to move to AUstrailia, but I heard it is hard to gain citizenship. If you would feel comfortable emailingme privately I would love to discuss the Paint program over there!
My website with my email is www.moonlitpaints.com
Post Number: 1691
|Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 08:54 pm: ||
Stallions do not produce sperm on demand. It's not like a mare producing milk. If you collect him repeatedly all you will do is deplete what (at 2) are probably already limited gonadal reserves. Additionally, over-breeding (or collecting) a young horse is likely to result in behavioural issues, including "souring" him on the whole concept of breeding.
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 06:30 am: ||
That was exactly the advice/information I was looking for. I appreciate it.
There is a lot of conflicting information here in Oz, and they tend to breed their 2YO colts to huge books. I am limiting my colt to just a few mares.
(Message edited by oia on January 21, 2008)