I hope its ok to post my question here. I am just starting out breeding my Miniature horse. I have a wonderfull well behaved stallion that has coverd 4 mares before I bought him. Our mare though is a maiden. I cannot get her to tease to my stallion. She will tease to my thoroughbred gelding but shows no interest in my stallion although he tries real hard to get her attention. I am nervous about letting him tease her with out a fence or wall between him and the mare and a little nervous about letting him breed her even when she is teasing to my gelding. The mare has a pasturemate gelding that was gelded late and they are very close (not sure if that has anything to do with it). Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do? Please feel free to e-mail me. Thank you!
ELizabeth Hardy (184.108.40.206)
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 10:46 am:
This mare maybe a very submissive mare. I know of a mare who will show to her pasture mate gelding but not the stallion because the stallion really intimidates her. ( She was confirmed by ultrasound to have a folicle ready to ovulate and she was only teasing the stallion to collect him.) She wanted no part of this stallion.
I would have her ultrasounded and when the ultrasound confirms she is ready then I would breed her.. if you are worried about live cover then you might try having her AI'd.
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:40 pm:
Her reaction to the stallion is a common one. The gelding is not as agressive as she is more relaxed with his attentions. This mare needs to be exposed to the stallion's teasing.
You may need to allow more time during the teasing and let her get used to the more agressive attention from your stallion. I have a fence that is sturdy, but does allow the stallion to reach over and touch the mare. She can then get used to his coming up over her from behind, without actual penetration. This helps the mare to differentiate between a mounting action and an attack. Once she is relaxed and in a strong heat, she will accept this stallion.
For the first time ever, I had a mare last year that would not relax to the stallion and she bred A.I. without a pregnancy. This year, when she returned, I continued to train her to accept the teasing. With persistance, she came around and was live covered. She is in foal and a better mare for the process. Don't give up, give her time and let her see that this will not hurt her.
Tease her from nose to nose to nose to tail multiple times. Do not allow her to turn or step away. Once she finds out that he will not hurt her, mother nature will take over. Keep at it, and stay safe.
Les Joiner Posted From: 220.127.116.11
Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 01:44 pm:
I knew a girl in comfort Texas that sold me a goat to tease with, I dont know how well it works on a horse but the cows love it, we get a few good yucks out of it too. Are you the same kelly?
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