The horse breeder is just one part of a working breeding stable – and more often found in larger establishments. They generally report directly to a breeding manager, who oversees the operation.
A Demanding Position
This is a physically demanding position and one that requires the ability to successfully manage excited stallions, but also show compassion and consideration to working mares. Anyone who chooses this position must love the animal and be very aware.
What You Need
This is a position which benefits from lightning quick reflexes, strength of body and character and a firm belief in teamwork to accomplish goals.
The ability to think on their feet, a thorough knowledge of horseflesh and nerves of steel are all qualities well suited for being a good horse breeder.
Breeding encompasses more than just the physical act, from that point there is 11 months of gestation and then foaling itself. Facilities dedicated to horse reproduction range from a one-stud barn to breeding on a more commercial scale. The larger the establishment, the more dedicated and specific the job description becomes.
Handling stallions mares for live breeding
Observation & care of pregnant mares
Assisting members of staff and management with various duties
Semen collection & artificial insemination
In small establishments – more specific in nature
Working with owners to streamline processes
Communication with different parts of the industry
Being a breeder doesn’t require a textbook education per se. There is no book that can teach a person how to handle a stallion when they are fired up. Experience may weigh far heavier on resumes than most types of formal schooling with many establishments. However, a degree in equine reproduction or equine science are beneficial in many ways (and may be required to work at larger facilities).
A few places to start if you are interested in a career as a breeder.
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