2 Things to Look for in the Right Stallion for Your Broodmare
One of the most exciting, fulfilling, yet nerve-wracking aspects of owning a mare is deciding the stallion to mate it with. While there are now technologies that allow for artificial insemination for selected types or breeds of horses, many still prefer the old fashioned and more traditional way of mating a stallion and a broodmare. However, just like in the human dating scene, mate selection is an important aspect in order to ensure successful breeding. Here are two of the essential things you have to look for in choosing the right stallion for your broodmare.
Conformational Fit to Your Broodmare
Perhaps one of the more important things to look for is the conformational fit of the stallion to your broodmare. One of the reasons why people breed animals is for animals to gain some traits or features that will significantly improve their genetic pool. This is fundamental to strengthening the genetic line of a particular species. As such, it is important to first understand the unique characteristics of your broodmare so that anything that you would like to enhance will be the qualities that you have to look for in the right stallion.
For example, if your mare has relatively shorter legs and you would like its offspring or foal to have significantly longer legs then you need to choose a stallion that has considerably longer legs as well. If your broodmare has a rather elongated back and you would prefer the foal to be a little bit shorter, then you need to choose a stallion that has a relatively short back. The trick is for you to objectively assess the different characteristics of your mare and choose a stallion that will provide the best conformational fit.
This also means that you have to check the stallion for any conformational faults or problems. Remember that 50 percent of the traits will come from either stallion or broodmare so it is always a good idea to get a stallion that has excellent conformation to breed standards.
Gentle, Willing Attitude and Personality
Unless you are going to use artificial insemination to your mare, it is always ideal to look for a stallion that has a gentle and willing attitude and personality. This is to make sure that the mating process will proceed in a less traumatic way for your mare. According to Kyle Knappenberger of odorklenz.com, who spent over two years study horses and their behavioral effects to different odors stated: “a mild-mannered or well-demeanor horse can pass on these traits to the foal which should make it an excellent horse to have”. Many animal behaviorists identify the temperament and the teachability of the horse to be two of the most important behavioral traits that owners should always look for. Since horses are used in a variety of roles, it is very important that good temperament and an equally intelligent nature is passed on from stallion to foal. While a stallion may look dashing and charismatic but if it is ill-tempered that no one can literally approach it, let alone handle and ride it, then it is best to put the stallion back in the wild.
Of course, different horse owners will have different things to look for in a stallion for their broodmare. However, experts agree that these two are essentially the most important things if you want a foal that is remarkably better than its predecessors.