What to Expect

Breeding FAQ

May I come meet the Stallion?

Absolutely. Lestat is available for meet and greets almost any day of the week. We do not accept drop ins so please contact us to make an appointment.

Can I test ride Lestat

We would love to share him with everybody but that is not a possibility for many reasons. If you would like to see him under saddle or free moving in the arena, please let us know when you schedule your meet and greet appointment.

Can I use my own vet?

For the act of breeding we only use our vet; however, we are more than happy to work with your preferred vet in tracking your mares reproductive cycle and scheduling the optimal time for breeding. 

Can the foal be registered?

Yes! All foals can be registered with Heritage Horse. 

website: http://www.friesianheritage.com/

How do I secure a breeding?

In order to secure a space in Lestats book, we must have a signed contract and booking deposit on file. We cannot hold spaces in Lestats book without submission of a signed contract and booking fee deposit. It’s always a good practice to give us a call or send an email if you do not hear from us within a few days of submitting a contract to verify its receipt.

How do we get started?

Congratulations! You have chosen Lestat as the worthy sire to your mares offspring! In order to get the ball rolling we have a few requirements first: 

Please contact Bo Weeks/ Rocky Bay Equine and let them know you are interested in breeding to Lestat. Schedule an estrus check at the place of your choosing with your vet or ours (we are happy to host here). Bo can guide you on choosing the optimal time for breeding your mare! This is when it gets exciting! 

Send over the non refundable booking deposit and signed contract to us asap! Without this we will not be able to hold your breeding reservation! 

Please note that non maiden mares must have a clean culture and be reproductive sound prior to breeding. All maiden mares are exempt from cultures unless they have had uterine infections or difficulties cycling in the past. 

When your mare comes over for breeding, we hope that it will go quickly. Things happen though and stuff gets in the way so be prepared to leave her here for a couple hours or bring a chair! Bo and his awesome assistance Cori will handle both the Mare and Stallion so that you can watch and learn! After breeding, you are welcome to load up and go home. 

Do you offer Artificial Insemination?

Yes we do. We offer collection and AI onsite or we can haul to a facility for collection, processing, and shipping.
Please note that off site collection incurs a 100.00 fuel and day trip charge.

Do you offer frozen semen?

At this time we do not.

Do you offer a Live Foal Guarantee?

Yes! We include a Live Foal Guarantee with our breeding contracts. A Live Foal is one that stands and nurses within 24 hours.

Do you breed on the weekends?

In short, yes.
We breed by appointment only.
We are available to 7 days a week but unfortunately do not have room or time to host last minute reservations. Because we use an offsite vet, dates for breeding must be made with them.

Do you have any breed or height restrictions?

There are no breed or height restrictions but we have struggled in the past to live cover mares over 16 hands or those with a sharp hip angle. In these cases we have followed through with onsite AI and been successful. We would not recommend live cover for significantly smaller mares or ponies. AI is the preferred method for mares under 15 hands.

Is there mare care offered or included?

We do offer mare care either over night or temporary by the day. 
Mare hotel is charged 30.00 per day and includes up to 4 flakes of Timothy fed daily. We will feed any provided vitamins/minerals/supplements provided by mare owner.

I think my mare is in heat now, what do I do?

Great! If you haven't already, we strongly recommend you contact our vet and make an appointment for an estrus check and let them know she is showing signs of heat now. From there we can determine an optimal breeding time and maybe even get things done the same day! If we have missed our window or things don't line up right, our vet can direct you in what to do next. Typically this involves a heat shot to short cycle and hopefully revisit breeding the following week or simply waiting for the next heat cycle. 
We are happy to host your estrus checks on site so breeding can be done in a timely manner if things line up.

Who is your reproduction vet and how do I contact them?

We use Bo Weeks of Rocky Bay Equine. 

Website: https://www.rockybayequine.com/

Office phone: (253) 858- 4529

Bo Weeks DVM Cell: (253) 377-5519

What if my mare doesn't take the first try?

Sometimes things happen that are out of our control. We are not here to break your bank and we understand how stressing breeding can be for everyone involved. Because of this, we offer 3 cycles per contract with multiple covers. 

If your mare scans open on her 16-18 day pregnancy scan we are happy to host her 2 more times before we require a new contract and reproductive health check. All mares must have a 16-18 day check to confirm pregnancy. If your mare scans open at 30 days with no prior check at 16-18 days the offer is void and will not be honored. 


What if my mare isn't receptive to live cover?

We completely understand that sometimes breeding doesn't go as planned. We use a big teasing wall to introduce Lestat to the mare and give them plenty of time to get acquainted while insuring the safety of both handlers and horses. 
Most of the time mares that aren't initially receptive come around after a few minutes and are happy to stand and support mounting. Only then will we bring Lestat into position for cover. If your mare puts her foot down and says "NO!" we regroup and discuss AI. We do not charge another breeding fee if AI is used after a failed Live Cover attempt.
Collection and handling will still be charged and paid to our standing vet.

Where do I find breeding contracts?

At the moment we are happy to email over a copy of our contracts. Soon we hope to provide a download link for easy access to all of our contracts.

Will you come to me?

We do not offer offsite live cover at this time. We will consider offsite collection at with a licensed and experienced vet at a reproductive facility but we reserve the right to decline the invitation.

I have a mare currently nursing a foal. Can we still breed?

This one is a little tricky. In short, YES! We are more than happy to breed to a nursing mare if your vet approves!

All nursing mares must have a wellness check prior to booking and must be accompanied with a vets note stating the mare is in breeding condition. We will not accept mares that appear underweight or malnourished in any way, shape, or form. 

Unfortunately, because of recent circumstances that left a bad taste in our mouths, we no longer offer overnight mare care to nursing mares.  

I am not happy with my service and demand a refund!

We are so sorry to hear that! We strive to uphold and surpass expectation and we are truly sorry if we have let you down. 

We do not issue refunds for services rendered but if there is a remaining balance due we are happy to waive that depending on the circumstance. 

We reserve the right to deny services to anyone and we are not required to waive or dissolve any remaining balances.  If you feel the need to request a refund or that we waive your balance, please remember to be polite and thorough in your explanation. We absolutely will NOT issue refunds or waive balances for those who approach us in a verbally volatile or demanding manner. 

Do you still offer different fees for AI and Live Cover?

Unfortunately no. Breeding AI or Live cover now carries a flat rate of 750.00 which includes a 250.00 non refundable booking fee.
When we first started offering Lestat to the public we had an introductory breeding discount which offered A.I breeding at a 100.00 discount. We wanted to make the vet bills more tolerable by making his intro to the breeding world a little more friendly on check book. Unfortunately this wasn't friendly in our books so after careful and lengthy consideration we researched a reasonable flat rate based on the comparable stallions around us and some welcomed guidance from established breeders all over the US!