Mares may be pasture bred, bred by live cover in hand, or bred by artificial insemination. Live cover breeding in hand entails some type of restraint technique of the mare. This may range from tying the mare to a post or breeding rail and handling only the stallion, to handling the mare and stallion with different individuals. Ultimately the goal of the technique is to facilitate a safe and successful mating. This chapter discusses a step by step procedure for performing the restraint techniques to achieve successful breeding. It is important for the mare handler to keep the mare's hind end centered when the stallion mounts so that the stallion will be properly aligned with the mare.
- Restraint techniques