Questions on placement of Breeding Mount

We have just ordered a "Colorado" style breeding mount. Is there a preferred way to position this mount? i.e. parallel or perpendicular to a fence with the mare on the other side, completely in the open, etc. Also do you have any ...We have just ordered a "Colorado" style breeding mount. Is there a preferred way to position this mount? i.e. parallel or perpendicular to a fence with the mare on the other side, completely in the open, etc. Also do you have any ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lowder:
We have just ordered a "Colorado" style breeding mount. Is there a preferred way to position this mount? i.e. parallel or perpendicular to a fence with the mare on the other side, completely in the open, etc. Also do you have any suggestions for training the stallion to use the mount? The stallion in question is five year old appendix quarter horse 16.2HH, who has been hand bred approximately ten times. I would appreciate any advice, or referral, that you can give me.

Thanks,
Chris McDonnell

Chris,

I would mount it perpendicular to the fence that way the stallion could watch the mare. You will need to have a mare in heat or a ‘jump’ mare (one that has no ovaries and can be given a shot of estrogen to bring her into heat) to excite the stallion. The mare will frequently urinate and you may take some of the urine (catch it in a bucket) and pour it over the breeding mount to give that natural odor to it. Once the stallion is excited lead him to the mount and they are usually smart enough to work things out. It may take more than one try. Be sure the AV is hot, lube and close at hand.

Good luck,
Dr. Lowder

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