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Live Cover Breeding Dilemma-Emotional Stallion

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Bobbi Govro
Breeding Stock
Username: Hh_farms

Post Number: 667
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So, oddly enough, I am having an issue in regard to my stallion and re-breeding my mares under live cover.

My stallion is currently running with my last mare who foaled. He re-bred her on foal heat and it was successful. This mare currently has a filly on her side. "Daddy" is quite smitten with this mare and filly, displaying typical herd behavior by being quite protective.

My other two mares have colts by their side. We have been attempting to re-breed them. We turn him in with them every three days to test for heat cycles and reception. We put the colts in a round pen in that field to reduce any incidence of challenge by the fact that these are colts. It also keeps my mares subdued and receptive when they can "hang out" by their babies.

He usually trots up to the mares and does his typical stallion inquisitive behavior. When they're not in heat, the mares just ignore him and walk away. He in turn, then walks away and if no action is happening, he is turned back out with the mare & filly. (These horses all run together for the majority of the year, other than foaling time and nursing time.)

The issue now: One of these mares is full standing heat and is loudly exhibiting receptive behavior. He has yet to breed her. Last night, he made himself silly fretting about the mare & filly (who is NOT in heat) and is visually right next to this field. He was frantic to get back to them and although he took some notice to the mare in heat, he only attempted twice to mount her. In the middle of mounting, he would not complete the process and back off of the mare and frantically go back to pacing the fence line.

Any suggestions? If I remove the mare and filly from his site, he totally goes bonkers and has no interest at all in the mares ready to be bred. Has he just emotionally attached himself to this mare and filly so much that he has lost interest in breeding the other two? He has successfully bred them in previous year??? What's up with him this year?
 

Diana Gilger
Breeding Stock
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 804
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 12:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bobbi, can you put the mare with filly in with the two mares to be bred? That'd help reduce his anxiety about keeping an eye on them, wouldn't it?
 

Bobbi Govro
Breeding Stock
Username: Hh_farms

Post Number: 677
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 03:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I thought about that Diana but here's my concern, Lena is such a protective mom that I'm afraid to add to the commotion by re-introducing them all together. Even though they can touch each other over the fence lines (and do) I just didn't want to increase the odds that the two mares in heat would start chasing after Lena's foal resulting in a major "plethera" of disaster. LOL! I might be over analyzing this and being too paranoid. It was Blossom (one of the mares in heat) who about killed JJ when he was born (she is a merciless alpha). I'm going to try again today and see what happens.

Such interesting behavior and I've not had this issue before. He usually is "best buddies" with whoever is in heat...what a stinker he's being! (Kinda ruining my time line for next year...wanted to get them all bred within 45 days of each other so that my foals were synchronized...LOL...should have known someone would throw a wrench in there!)
 

Diana Gilger
Breeding Stock
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 829
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2008 - 11:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bobbi, did you get them bred?
 

Bobbi Govro
Breeding Stock
Username: Hh_farms

Post Number: 687
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 04:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Diana: It was really strange. He finally got interested in Echo on Friday. And, she finally, after a bit of a tussle, allowed him to mount her. But, she was my mare that ripped so bad during delivery, he could not fully penetrate her. So, I don't think we got the job accomplished. A vet call is on order. When she had originally tore so bad, my vet thought we may end up having to go back and do some minor surgery repair if she developed alot of scar tissue. He had followed her up after she had healed and thought we were ok as far as breeding goes (and it doesn't appear on the outward that there should be an issue) but obviously there is something where he could not get through the door so to speak.



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