Hi Jos. I attended your 3 day clinic in Arkansas in 2006 or 07... without a doubt the BEST money I've ever spent on anything horse! To this day the binder of class notes you handed out is still either in my office or my car (for lunchtime studying). Thank you and Kathy for what you guys do! I have two questions. One is I bought your stud lead and chain from you at the clinic. Can I buy another one from you?? 2nd... I have a AQHA/APHA stallion I have owned for a couple years. We are in the process of switching him to ground collection as he came to us with a healed broken stifle that keeps him fairly unsound. We are doing better than I expected, but will it confuse him if we collect AND live cover him? To be honest he REALLY sucks at live cover... he is VERY aggressive teasing and in the pen towards the mares, when I bring him around to the breeding station it's all I can do keep him from dragging me over there... so you'd THINK he'd continue to be aggressive and he is sort of... but when I bring him around the barrier to the mare he'll either race towards her and attempt to mount without an erection OR as he's mounting her he'll lose his erection. Either way, he gets mad and it takes a LONG time to get him ready again. Usually by the time we get him ready again he's made the mare mad. So this year I was determined to go strictly AI. So far....SO good... had a couple of collections (ground) and I'm still alive with only a few bruises. I'm still training him and putting together my equipment... but my husband thinks we should allow him live cover AND AI. I'm worried about making him bad at both! What do you think? He lives in a large pen on an aisle with mare pens all around him...so he get's quite a bit of "contact" with the mares on a daily basis. Some of them he likes, and some of them he acts like he'd like to kill... (sigh)
I know that we do not have any stallion lines made up at the moment, but if you go to our contact page and send an e-mail (which will go to the office) they can let you know if/when we have some available (they may even make one up for you if they have all the bits - the brass chains are I understand the issue).
If the stallion is ground collecting well (which it sounds as though he is), then I cannot see any reason whatsoever to risk him and you by doing live cover as well (has your husband just upped the life insurance on you by any chance - you might want to check!!! ). While it may not (or may - they're all different) "confuse" him, there is certainly no need to do it, and it is possible that if he thinks he can get away with live covering if he plays hard to get ground collecting, then you could mess up the ground collecting! There is no need for him to live cover. Perhaps your husband is anthropomorphizing (if he hasn't upped the insurance), but tell him to stop. Live cover is not necessary; is dangerous; and may mess up a good thing...!
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