I have a 27 1/2" Miniature stallion that I hand breed for his safety, and he knows what to do, but needs some elevation help. We have already tried the hill method. and the hole digging method- so please dont send me there. ( it is not fool proof) I am looking for something a bit more structured, like a ramp type structure that can be used to assist with breeding taller mares. I have seen one of these long ago but did not get to see up close. It even had a holding place for the mare. If anyone has info on how to build something like this that can assist with the the breeding of a smaller stallion to taller mares, can they please share it with me. I would very much appreciate it.
OK, being the breeder of a 26.5" stallion, I have a bit of experience with this. LOL It's not easy, is it Mary? I tried the hill, the hole, everything you can imagine....and ended up with a modified pit. In my search for the perfect breeding setup, I ran across this link (scroll down a bit) http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G2790
It gives great ideas for the mares end of things...but is not technically a ramp. However, when you set this set up over a 6 or 8 inch deep hole (big enough for the entire mare to stand in, not just the back feet) and you add a kickboard at the back, it becomes perfect. It puts your mare down low and containable...and the stallion is still at ground level, and will not step off or fall into the hole. My kickboard is removeable allowing the mares to enter the pit without a huge step down. I put the mare in, then drop the kickboard...stallion can do his thing without slipping over the edge. After trying all other options, i found this to be relatively easy to do, and the safest for everyone involved. I will take a pic of it when I go feed this morning and post it.
Thanks so much Dianna! I am excited to see what you have had success with. Yes, not easy is almost an understatment, as we have had stallions end up upside down under the mare with the hill method, and lose footing and fall in the ditch with the hole method, lol so I'm glad you understand.
(Message edited by Redeemed on March 10, 2011)
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