It has recently been announced that top dressage stallion, Totilas’s stud fee will be reduced by £4128! This is a huge price drop and makes you question why?
One of Totilas’s sons won the KWPN stallion competition. With such impressive stallions with the Totilas blood line, it is possible that Totilas himself will become less popular and his stud fee has therefore decreased to help attract more mares.
However, I think it is very interesting that this stud fee has decreased not long after his dressage career came to an end due to bone edema.
Bone edema is essentially swelling of the bone and can have many causes. It is often linked to arthritis and navicular disease. Some of these things may be heritable in Totilas offspring.
I am therefore wondering if the price slash was to make up for the news that he is retiring due to injury and potentially disguise the fact that this problem could be passed on to his offspring.