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  • Writer's pictureCarl Woods

How to breed racehorses - It's not as simple as you would think!

Breeding a racehorse in the United Kingdom requires careful consideration of several factors, including genetics, nutrition, training, and management. Here are some steps to consider:

Choosing your mare & stallion!

The mare is the most important factor in the breeding process. Look for a mare with a strong pedigree, good conformation, and a history of producing quality foals. Look for a stallion that complements the mare's strengths and weaknesses. A stallion with a proven track record of producing successful racehorses is ideal.

Nutrition & Care!

A well-balanced diet is essential for the health of both the mare and the foal. Work with a veterinarian to develop a feeding plan that meets their nutritional needs. Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and deworming are essential during pregnancy to ensure the mare and foal remain healthy.

Our breeding journey!

As a club we have bred our own horses and we know the challenges that every breeder is faced with. Breeding is not an exact science but a good knowledge of bloodlines is essential if you are going to breed over a long period of time. We have been lucky over the years, as we have bred 2 horses that have raced so far, with 1 of those winning 2 races for us, which is an unbelievable feeling. Then on the other flip of the coin, we bred our other mare to a first season sire. We paid for the covering (stallion), paid for her keep over the year, then paid for the foal until he was old enough to race, only to find out he wasn't good enough to be a racehorse. So breeding on your own is a big gamble but can be very rewarding and something that we really enjoy doing.

A plan for when the foal arrives!

Have a clean and safe foaling area ready for the mare, and be prepared to provide assistance if necessary. Once the foal is born, ensure that it receives proper nutrition, socialisation, and training to prepare it for racing. Experienced trainers can provide valuable guidance in developing the foal's racing skills and preparing it for competition.

In summary

Overall, breeding an racehorse in the UK requires careful attention to detail, a commitment to providing proper care and nutrition, and a willingness to invest in quality genetics and training.

Thanks for reading and I hope it helps you better understand what goes into breeding racehorses. Carl Woods

Racing Manager

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