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2YO Colt - Improving Quality Semen

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Belinda
Neonate
Username: Oia

Post Number: 1
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Friday, January 18, 2008 - 11:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.
 

Gina McMahon
Weanling
Username: Moonlitpaints

Post Number: 24
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1691
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 08:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.

Take care...
 

Belinda
Neonate
Username: Oia

Post Number: 2
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 06:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Jos,
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.
Belinda

(Message edited by oia on January 21, 2008)



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