Breeding


The genesis of success.

The Haras de Gouffern & de La Genevraye is the perfect location for your mares and their offspring, regardless if they reside there for the breeding season or permanently.
During the breeding season, a senior veterinary monitors the mare on a daily basis. Thanks to continuous care and expertise, over the last five seasons about 95% of the 20 mares at stud have been in foal.
Foals are carefully monitored. In the days following their birth, they are tested for FPT. Mares and their foals are turned out on a daily basis, first in individual smaller sized pens and then in bigger paddocks together with other suitable mares. The foal’s conformation is checked every week and each foal comes with its own carnet that includes specific observations until it is weaned from its mother. Monitoring the foal continues right up until it leaves the stud as a yearling or as a two-year-old.
Regular paddock rotation is carefully documented to protect the paddocks. Soil and pasture is regularly tested in order to find the best modification programme corresponding to the needs of each individual paddock. A specific mineral supplement, based on the findings of these analyses and supported by a team of nutritionists, has been designed especially for the stud. Hay is produced exclusively on our sites in order to ensure that it is completely free from nitrogen fertilizers.


Preparation for the sales


Respecting the nature of each individual.

The Haras de Gouffern & de La Genevraye has a sales preparation programme in place, which is adapted and respectful of the individual needs of the foals, yearlings and mares.

Regarding yearlings, our objective is to bring yearlings to the sale that can be broken in and commence training without losing any of their previous condition. We build up muscle mass in a natural way by respecting the individual’s physical evolution. Yearlings will continue to be turned out in the paddocks each evening and obviously, colts and fillies are separated at all times. The stud team has a comprehensive understanding of the markets and is able to point breeders in the right direction and find the appropriate sale that best suits the profile of each of their horses.


Breaking in


Skillful teaching.

Breaking in a young horse is a major chapter in its career. The way it is broken in determines its future behaviour at a training yard, as well as its handling ability in a race.

In two days, without any fighting or struggling, the horse is ready to carry a rider. It is then ridden along the forest ways where it will be confronted with all different kinds of new situations, so that it learns to obey its rider without resisting and to completely trust him.


Place for a break or a rest


A tailor-made programme.

The stud’s installations provide an ideal environment for horses that need a break or rest from training or horses that have been injured and need a tranquil environment for rehabilitation. During that time, their regular nutrition is adapted in view of a swift return to the competition. Horses enjoy a regular exercise programme, alternating between time in the paddock, the horsewalker, as well as much needed rest time in the box. When the horse goes back into training, it will do so with a clear and ready mind.

Regarding convalescent horses, each case will be individually assessed and provided with a customised programme. Major veterinary centres (clinics, CIRALE, laboratories, etc.), as well as the best techniques and treatments available for the optimal recovery of the horses are easily accessible thanks to the geographical location of the stud.