Breeders and Naming Horses

Effort, expertise and expense go into breeding foals and developing young horses. The success of its foals and young horses promotes a breeder’s business and enhances its reputation leading to future enquiries and sales.  The names given to progeny are used to promote the breeder because in some way they identify the breeder. This article…

Agistees and Semen Suppliers

Two unrelated matters are worth addressing this month.  Firstly, whether an agistee needs to register his or her ownership of a horse under the Personal Properties Securities Act 2009.  Second, the liability of a breeder to pay 2 service fees to a semen supplier if one insemination should result in twin embryos transferred into 2…

Hobby breeding

Hobby breeding occurs around the country between individuals in a non-business setting.  A person might import a stallion to improve the gene pool of a breed with candidate mares belonging to owners within the same breed circles. Or a person might have simply bred a nice looking colt and decided to give breeding a go…

Studs and Colts

Studs are sometimes concerned that a mare might produce a colt which could stand in competition to its own stallion.  If a stallion has, for example, a unique colour characteristic or some other unique trait, the stud will try to exact an undertaking that the breeder will geld any colt. The stud and a breeder…

Leasing a Broodmare

Leasing a broodmare to breed a foal is an option if the price of a quality weanling or young horse is unaffordable.  With semen available from superior sires, improving a mare’s attributes with a sire known to stamp his progeny with desirable characteristics, like a good temperament or a strong back, is a realistic goal…