Training the Novice Stud to a Phantom Mare
Semen collection with an artificial vagina while the stallion mounts a phantom rather than a live “jump mare” is practiced by most professional collection facilities and is a way to increase safety for both the stallion and the handlers, as well as improve the hygiene of the collection process. Training a stallion to mount a phantom can be accomplished with nearly all stallions, including novice stallions that have no breeding experience. There are a variety of reasons that stallion owners want to have semen collected from their young stallions: evaluation of sperm production and quality to assess suitability as a breeding stallion; training to collect on a phantom with an artificial vagina in preparation for a breeding career; to collect and preserve semen from a young stallion prior to castration or starting a performance career. When to Start? We advise clients to wait until early spring of the stallion’s three-year-old…
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