The Process of Horse Breeding

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Horses have been domesticated for about five-thousand years. (Klinkenborg) Humans have domesticated horses and have controlled horses’ actions. There are many opinions in the horse related world that feel strongly about this topic. People need to raise awareness to the things we are doing to these wonderful animals. It all begins with the breeding process. That is the root of a lot of other problems that have occurred. People working with horses need to realize when to intervene and acknowledge the effects they have on their horses regarding the breeding process.
First off the breeding process needs to be a healthy one. The mare, female, and stallion, male horse, need to mature to at least three years old. These animals need to be able to mature and show the characteristics before being bred. Plus, horses can be bred up until the later teens so there is no reason to rush this precious process. The right way to breed a horse will be described just so the reader has a baseline. A mare will need to be in the estrous cycle. Also referred to as being ‘in season’, she is able to be bred to a stallion. The mare and stallion have to be introduced to see if the mare accepts him. The stallion could be walked past the pasture the mare is in. If she responds, then he could be acceptable. Another way to test for receptiveness is to put up a ‘teasing board’ to divide the two horses. The stallion could nuzzle her and the reaction of the mare will determine her acceptance of him. The board is set up to protect the mare from a stallion that could kick. Now if a breeder has two compatible horses then the stallion can cover her every two days until her symptoms of being in season disappear. Just like a human, if the mare does not go back into se...

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