Originally Posted by Indyhorse
^^^ Couldn't agree more. You want a baby horse - buy one! There are plenty in need out there. People are giving horses away left and right just trying to get homes for them. I have 2 horses now that "were thrown in the deal free" when I bought my young colt (his dam, AND she was bred back before I got her, and just gave birth to a filly) because the owner had too many horses and not enough finances. But still had the mares pastured with the stallion to make more babies, WHILE she was having to give horses away. Geez, where the heck is your brain? BYB's, in both the horse AND dog world are a huge pet peeve of mine.
Ooh ooh... I want to get in this one...
IF you are wanting to have a baby for emotional reasons (??? Which Im telling you, the only emotion Im feeling about it right now is stress), don't breed a mare you have no history on to a stallion you have no history on, go to the sale and buy a pregnant mare... then you have the same thing as if you were backyard breeding... you have no clue what the hell your going to end up with... like me and Dusty. I totally took her in as a charity case, didnt want nor need a baby, and really couldn't afford one, but we got one anyway... so now were going to make the best of it.
There are plenty of decent "grade" mares out there that are already bred, and this is the reason their owners run them through the sale... because they don't want the extras that come along with a foal... so for goodness sake, go save one that somebody already "backyard bred" and now their sendin it to the packer!
I don't usually put in my two cents, but there you go.