Breeding Methods

 

Breeding Methods

Horse Breeding Methods, Pros and Cons.

 
Lusitano-044Horse Breeding Methods, Pros and Cons: Generally speaking, breeding is the process by which a male horse (sire) manages to have sexual relations with a female horse (dame) and a foal is produced from this encounter.   This encounter may take place naturally in the wild, between the dominant stallion in the herd and any of the mares that is going through her estrous cycle or under controlled circumstances between animals chosen for specific reasons.
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Lusitano-019Today with the advances of veterinary medicine two options are available to accomplish this feat, natural mounting of the mare by the stallion and artificial insemination.   The first requires excellent timing and a lot of expenses which include transporting the stallion to the mare’s home, feed and keep for him plus the stud fee.   If the mare is all the way across the country or world, it could be very expensive.   With modern genetics and advances in veterinary medicine this is not necessary or cost effective.
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Lusitano-009Artificial insemination is the best way to go.   Its greatest advantage is that it enables you to breed your mare with any horse in the world.   Frozen semen is transported all around the world every day.   The price you have to pay depends on the horse it comes from.   There are no complications and the only other expense you must pay is your doctor’s fee to introduce the semen into the mare.
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Lusitano-058Once the provider of the semen is chosen, things will move swiftly and the rest will be up to the mare.   The tricky part is to choose the stallion you want to breed with your mare.   Care must be taken when making this decision because the foal will be born with characteristics from both parents.   Some of his or her genes will come from his mother and the others from his father.   Officially, to be able to register a Lusitano it must be related to the original six Foundation Horses (five stallions, one mare) or “Heads of Lineage” through one of the three main lineage stud houses, the Andrade, the Veiga and the Coudelaria Nacional.   Pedigree is very important both financially and practically for the newborn foal.
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