Monday, February 13, 2017

Are draft horses harder to breed?

Yes, as it happens.

Draft stallions tend to produce more semen...but the same amount of sperm, meaning their sperm count is lower. Then that sperm has to get through a bigger uterus. Draft mares are also more prone to endometritis (uterine infection) and retained placenta. (This is also why draft mules are more expensive - it can take quite a few coverings to get one).

Most draft people think it's worth it, though.

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