Just wondering if anyone has come across this before. I have a 13 year old QH stallion, and he has no interest in breeding whatsoever. It does not matter which mare is in heat, he even ignores his favorite mare. What would be the best course of action from here? Any tips or tricks that might help?
Reluctance/refusal to breed or ejaculate can usually be caused by issues in one of three areas:
The first category can include things like attempting to breed a mare (or a mare the same colour as a mare) that kicked him last time he bred her; stallion handling by a handler (or even the same sex as a handler) that showed the horse and abused him for demonstrating sexual behaviours at a show; attempting to breed the stallion in the same location as where he usually works. The second category has some degree of overlap (i.e. environmental factors can lead to psychological responses), but there can also be other factors such as a stallion that simply doesn't like a certain colour of mare or a certain mare. The most common aspect of the third category is related to pain - not uncommon in older stallions. Sore back, hips, hocks or stifles can result in a reluctance to breed as they know it's going to hurt! The use of some NSAID's can be beneficial in that circumstance and a discussion with your vet may help. Obviously the three categories can be expanded upon, so think long and hard about various responses you've seen from this stallion, and what his life has been like up until now.
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