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post #1 of 13 Old 03-13-2012, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Best time to breed?

I am looking into breeding my mare and was wondering what is the best time of year for the foal to be born?

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post #2 of 13 Old 03-13-2012, 09:24 PM
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Depends on where you are and if you have a heated barn. Mid to late spring are the most common times for foals to be born outdoors, but foaling can extent all the way to the later part of summer.
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-13-2012, 09:51 PM
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I see you're in Australia.
Generally breeders aim to have the mare foal between October and January, with Jan being very late in the season.

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Depends on where you are and if you have a heated barn. Mid to late spring are the most common times for foals to be born outdoors, but foaling can extent all the way to the later part of summer.

No, I don't have a heated barn...not yet
Okay thank you!

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Also, someone told me most mares give birth in a storm...
Is it true?

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I see you're in Australia.
Generally breeders aim to have the mare foal between October and January, with Jan being very late in the season.
I thought it was some time around then!
Thanks

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I breed for May, so they get bred in June but you do not have to worry about our -40 weather.
I have not had a mare foal during a storm yet. LOL

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We had one foal born during a storm, a big thunderstorm. Spunky black as night filly with a star, named her Stormy and she was a handful from day one. Of course she went to a light grey by the time she turned 6 years old
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The worst time is late in the year. You want to have it as close to JAN as possible without going into DEC.
A horse turns a year older on JAN 1st. So if the horse is born in DEC it will be a year old even if it is 1 day old.
I try to breed for a April foal.
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