My stallion the last time i tried to have him cover a mare became aggressive with her--lashed out etc... This time its a different mare and this mare is showing heat so tonight I tried to have her covered --he did mount her( no aggression this time) but he never became erect--just dropped down after a few seconds. He did this twice-- then seemed uninterested. So I put him and her away. Could it be she isn't really in full heat so he wasn't really interested ?? I'm just not sure if I should try to cover her again today or wait til tomorrow?? This is an 8 year old seasoned stallion
Stallions will commonly mount mares in the wild prior to breeding before obtaining an erection - they are making absolutely sure she is really serious about this before dropping the delicate equipment into the line of fire! To discourage them from mounting in that situation may discourage them from breeding. Assuming the mare is "safe" to mount, allowing the stallion to mount prior to gaining an erection is perfectly OK, and will actually speed up the breeding (or in the case of collecting semen on a mount, the collection).
It sounds as though perhaps the stallion has had a bad experience, and is trying to be a little more cautious! Note that you may not have seen the bad experience, but a mare may have "said" something to him that's given him pause for thought.
As ever, without seeing the whole picture, it is really difficult to make suggestions as to what the cause may be, but the above may be one.
Yeah unfortunatly the last "experience" was bad for all of us involved.......... he lashed out at the mare, bit her(not just a nibble either--very aggressively with ears pinned) and she did kick him then-- of course I wasn't thrilled about the situation--that mare also seemed in full standing heat. Well I did re--cover the mare and he did become erect and did finish the job this time-- very glad I also moved the area that we are doing the breeding--I think it may have been the neighbors geldings that set him off last time--I guess we'll see when my mare comes back into heat(the one he attacked) and I will know then if its just her he doesn't like--hopefully its not that. Thank you for the quick response--
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