Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians
Do you have a good enough set up to handle the foaling out and keeping a foal and mare safe from a bad winter? That's another consideration. I like having early babies, but if you don't have the facilities, foal watch can utterly suck in Jan/Feb and having a sick baby is a possibility.
As someone who had meager facilities and was surprised with a foal in Wisconsin February, certainly not a wonderful experience unless you have an enclosed barn and a good stall. I bought a mare that caught a few weeks before we got her, and expected her to foal the summer we got her, not knowing when she was bred. A whole year of waiting, checking every cold, winter night was worth it, but I would never do it again without facilities or great incentive. Keep that in mind when you breed next year. But it does pay to mention that a foal in the cold is better than a foal in the midst of heat and bug season. Takala, my filly, wore a jacket for her first week of her life, and then she was good all by herself. Foals can adjust to cold better than heat, as can most horses. My filly was also born with a winter coat, which needed to be shaved off a few weeks ago because it wasn't shedding out.