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Friday Feature: Stud Hand

This week’s letter is S.  If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Rug Repairs.

A stud hand is someone who works with horses used for breeding.  The horses will be bred for sale, racing or some other form of competition.  Although this will bring in money, often money is made from stud fees by stallions covering outside mares and from mare’s coming to agist on the farm (livery).

A Foster Mare and Foal at Stud

Someone who is employed as a stud hand will often be involved in:

  • Care of mares, foals and stallions
  • Foal watch
  • Horse health
  • Sale preparation (weanlings and yearlings)
  • Assisting the vet with reproductive procedures such as scanning a mare for a pregnancy

As someone who has experienced the stud industry first hand, I believe it is a great opportunity to learn about many different classes of horses and see how a horse’s life starts and ends on the breeding side of things.  If you’re passionate about the breeding season in particular, you can travel between hemispheres and deal with mares and foals all year round (or stallions!)

For some posts that relate to this topic on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“What the horse does under compulsion…is done without understanding…and there is no beauty in it.” – Xenophon

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