Fascinating feature by Monte Reel for Bloomberg on the business and process of putting champion thoroughbred horses out to stud:
The verb to use in polite company is “cover.” The stud covers the
mare. Or: About 11 months after she was covered, the mare gave
birth to a healthy foal.
The deed itself, here in the hills of Kentucky horse country, is
governed by strict rules. Section V, paragraph D of The American
Stud Book Principal Rules and Requirements is clear: “Any foal
resulting from or produced by the processes of Artificial
Insemination, Embryo Transfer or Transplant, Cloning or any other
form of genetic manipulation not herein specified, shall not be
eligible for registration.” No shortcuts, no gimmicks. All
thoroughbreds must be the product of live, all-natural,
There are some guys in this industry with really, really weird jobs.