Alright, my name is Krista and I am 19 years old. I am now the proud owner of an AQHA registered Grullo Stallion by the name of Whip to Impress, aka: Smoke. He is nine years old and does rather well for a stallion. He is my first horse, and I know it is frowned upon to have a stallion as your first horse, but I have a lot of help from my trainer. He is boarded with her after all. Anyway, more to the point. My trainer wanted to breed him to her mare, which I gave her full permission, even though we both had a feeling it wouldn't happen. When we first went to see him before my purchase, we were told that he is believed to be infertile. His previous owner had him since he was nine months old, and had tried to breed him several times over the years, but to no avail. They told us specifically that if they knew him to be fertile, he wouldn't be for sale. Now the mare we just recently bred him to is showing signs of heat, and we are about positive that it didn't take. Now I am not all that familiar with breeding horses, despite doing as much research as I can. I just want to know what could possibly be the problem, and approximately how much it would cost to have him checked. I have a very limited income, so no matter what I'd have to save up for it, I just want a rough estimation. He is a beautiful horse with nice conformation, good bloodlines, and a gorgeous color. If he cannot produce, I am going to geld him in hopes of it calming him down, but if he can I wouldn't dare. Any and all advice and information is greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time.
One thing that you do not mention is the current age of the colt/stallion. If very young, that certainly can have an impact. What will be needed for testing will depend to some degree what is found in the initial evaluation. The starting point is almost certainly going to be a physical evaluation (reproductively speaking - primarily testicular presence, size and condition) and then a semen collection and evaluation (to confirm sperm presence, and condition). What that will cost is going to vary from location to location, but depending upon where in PA you are located, you might want to contact the University of Pennsylvania (New Bolton) who should be able to assist you.
Not to be rude, but I must correct you on that I did in fact state his age. I said that he is nine years old, it is right below his name. I am very new to breeding horses, and it is not something I want to just jump into. I live in Clearfield Pennsylvania, and am just looking for an idea as to what the problem could be, and what I can do to have a vet give him a good and thorough evaluation. I just really need to know how much it may cost, as I have said, my income is quite low.
Regardless of stallions age or who's right or wrong, you should probably just contact the University of Pennsylvania and ask for prices. Jos offered you the name of a competent vet in your area. He can't quote you a price for what it will cost you in PA. If you don't live near UofPa, then possibly, they will know a decent vet in your area, and they can give you the phone number, and you can call for a price list?
In Ohio there is a place close to the PA border called Stallion Services (http://www.stallionservices.com/) West Farmington, OH. They have a complete price list on their website under Stallion pages. It's relatively inexpensive for the test, what isn't is them training to mount a phantom to collect the stallion (especially if your horse doesn't take to it right away). May be able to give you an idea of cost.
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