Modifying Unruly Breeding
Behavior in Stallions
Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, Regina M. Turner, VMD
Nancy Kate Diehl, MS, VMD
- Most stallions can be trained and handled to behave in an
orderly, safe manner for in-hand breeding.
- Unruly stallions are those that are overly aggressive in the
breeding shed or that exhibit specific behaviors that make in-hand breeding
inefficient or unsafe.
- Simple behavior modification can be effective in retraining
unruly stallions; pharmacologic aids are rarely required.
- Truly savage stallions should be distinguished from simply
unruly stallions: attempting to retrain savage stallions is not recommended.
- Successful behavior modification involves eliminating
undesirable habits without suppressing normal sexual behavior.