I would like to stick with hand breeding (live cover) my 2 year old colt with local mares. Is this a good way to teach a colt to learn how to breed mares? Since I am new to breeding, how will I determine his stud fee? I do board him at a small stables where the owner does have lots of breeding experience, but only with Standardbred horses, not large warmbloods.
Hand breeding has good and bad points, like everything else. One of the bad points - greater possibility of injury to either or both (and handlers)if things get out of hand. I definitely recommend you watch how others handle them, and make sure you can handle him well on the ground. NObody wants their mare to come home with cuts scrapes and pieces of mane ripped out because stallion was a sex-maniac and came at her like a freight train.
Stud fee is usually based on performance record, or parents records, etc. Best way to value him would be to have an expert in that breed evaluate him.
Breed of horse shouldn't really matter in breeding - miniatures can be just as unruly and hard to handle as drafters. Main thing is to teach him manners, and develop a routine, as in use one halter for breeding, another one for everyday, breed in one area only - don't take him to other places to breed, etc. Make sure you have a safe place for breeding, plenty of experienced help, and try to anticipate any problems.
You also need to teach him to drop on command, and allow you to clean his genitals - he and the mare must be prepped before breeding to minimize possible infections.
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