"Live Cover" as defined by the Jockey Club?
I know this is a basic question for you all but I'm not a racing person so I'd love to be enlightened...
I'm have a debate with a colleague over what exactly "Live Cover" is by Jockey Club standards. Is it that the stallion has to actually mount the broodmare who is in fact going to carry the foal? Or can the stallion mount a dummy and then the semen be transferred or can it be done in some other way? I'm assuming it's the first based on this quote I found from the Jockey Club
“the physical mounting of a broodmare by a stallion with intromission of the penis and ejaculation of semen into the reproductive tract.”
The other person is insisting that there is a (legal) way besides the stallion mounting the actual mare, because the horses are so expensive and fragile that they wouldn't risk them by putting them in that situation.
Am I right or am I being to literal in my definition?
Thank you for humoring my question :)
They do what they have to do
I think the JC should allow AI and embryo transfer. I also think they should hold inspections and not let second rate non performing horses into the breeding shed.