Stud Duty

The first few seasons at stud for a new stallion can make or break a new career. This article highlights the keys to getting off to a fast start.

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By: Jennifer Morrison |

What is involved in moving a racehorse from the track to standing as a stud? Some of the more important key points are to ensure that you know your market – if the horse you plan on using as a stud is a top-class grass horse, that horse should be standing at stud where turf racing is available. You must also choose a stallion farm that is experienced with handling new stallions; dealing with the actual transition to stud life, in addition to marketing and planning the horse’s career.

When it comes to physical fitness and the like, getting the stallion scoped to ensure no flaws in the airway and a blood panel are important, as about 10 per cent of all stallions are infertile – the stallion needs to have a good libido. In addition, it should be physically fit, without weak hocks or a weak hind end.

This Canadian Thoroughbred article includes many important factors about standing a stud, such as what to look for conformation wise, and sometimes, using a proven sire line.

Read the full article on Canadian Thoroughbred.