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post #1 of 73 Old 02-11-2012, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question breed this mare??

I want to breed my mare but have vary mixed feeling about it! I have had colts before and that is not the issue, the issue is that she is not registered. I my self don't think unregistrered horses should be bred..but... this is a REALLY great mare who has won me at LEAST half the barrel kackpots I have bin in, plus can be pretty decent reining horse, tracks a cow AMAZING and is all around a great ranch horse.

her dad was a registered Morgan who I beleive was broke to ride but that's all I really know about him he died a while back.

her mom is half QH half Morgan and his a great kids horse and also not a bad reiner with almost flawless conformation.

her full sister is making out to be quite the barrel horse and speed event horse also with almost flaeless confo.

her half brother (from the dams side) is almost three and is coming along really nice, showing signs of being athletic with a great pateint and laid back personality.

she is SUCH a good horse and I want a foal from her to keep for my self to have after she is gone that hopefully is even half as good as she is

Whats your oppinion? Please don't make this into an argument or be harsh about it.
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post #2 of 73 Old 02-11-2012, 07:18 PM
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Do you have pics of your mare? Do you have a stallion in mind?
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I don't have stallion in mind, I would like either a barrel bred or reining bred though. I didnt want to go on a stallion hunt and get all excited just to hear it would be stupid to bread her. I wanted to hear what everyone had to say first!

I will post some pics later too!!
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Depends on her age, breeding soundness, who you breed to and how much more you are willing to spend in breeding/raising a foal instead of buying one already on the ground.

Breeding is a risk to your mare, one of my mom's mares just miscarried at 8 months gestation yesterday morning. She is getting regular medication now, and needs additional vet checks and exams before trying to rebreed. There is a risk something might go wrong and my mom is checking often for warning signs that there is a serious problem. All things need to be considered before breeding. It can be very dangerous, if the vet didn't remove the placenta yesterday, hours after the miscarriage, the mare probably wouldn't survive very long. This is why it is so much easier to find what you want on the ground already.
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Hold on, wait a minute, put a little... nevermind. Not a song to sing at this time.--- You have already stated that you don't like to breed unregistered horses, so how about a deal?

Like someone already said, the mares conformation, breeding soundness, and disease testing would play a big part. Now, lets say she has almost flawless conformation, her breeding soundness(from a vet) comes back perfect, and you get her tested for common diseases in morgans and quarter horses and she gets a clean bill of health.

Then, and only then would I suggest you go on breeding her. Though at that point, you have put in mind a stallion. One with good conformation, breeding lines, and will fit your disipline. What I would suggest here, and this is where the deal comes in, finding a paint stallion that is what you are looking for. If my memory serves me correctly, you can register a horse as a pinto even if only one parent is registered. (Someone correct me on this.)
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Good comments all. Yep, are you willing to risk the mare by breeding her?

I mostly do not agree with grades, 50% of the time you get a mutt. The other 50% crop out as amazing and can carry on all the great attributes of the mare. If you know what you are doing. I've done it (a looooonnnggggg time ago) and the foal came out EXACTLY like her mother. The mare was a Quarab I crossed her with a very athletic proven QH stud and the foal got very little from him, except for longer legs and a nicer head! My mare was very much like yours, athletic, smart, easy keeper, perfect endurance, incredible feet, great conformation. She passed it all on. I was going to really get into endurance and this mare had it all. I have yet to find a horse as tough as my little mare was.
Would I do it now? There are soo many good horses going south. Now should I have to suck it up and purchase someone else's cross or prospect? Especially when I loovvee the horse I was going to breed, knew her family, history, abilities? Tough call. Post her picture, the prospective stud and we'll see.

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here are some pics of her I hope they are good enough. The 4th one was when she was 6 and we just got her so she was a little lacking in the muscle department.

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She actually has a level topline she was standing on a slant.
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the only real confo flaw she has is a touch long back.
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I actually really like her personally (Im a sucker for those 4 socked chestnuts..hehe) She looks like a full QH to me. Pretty nicely built..the one thing I notice from these pics is her back seems pretty long so you might want to find a stallion (if you decide to breed her) that doesn't have the same trait. Also...3rd pic..YIKES! Dangling rope and unbalanced/unhelmeted baby :(
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she is 11 now, I am aware of the risks in breeding like I said I have had mares in foal before. I would only breed to proven stallion with some kind if show reccord and goo conformation as well as disposition. Blood lines would also be a huge part in it. I will go on a stallion hunt and let you know what I can find. Oh and I also would have a vet out to make sure it is totally safe to breed her, that she is free of any deseases and so on. I will NOT breed her if her health check is not good.
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