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To Breed or Not To Breed? That is the Question!

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        08-21-2010, 10:40 PM
      #11
    Showing
    I think you'll be fine then, unless the vet says otherwise
         
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        08-21-2010, 11:01 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    OOooo I think it'll be a beautiful cross! I'm hoping to buy a FriesianxMorgan in-utero soon. The parents are a amazing with confo and temperament, I gotta find out how big the foal will mature out to be, otherwise I'm looking for something else.

    The stallion here is...$250 if you breed this year, if I remember correctly. He's more of a sport type though, AND unshown (his babies are awesome though).
         
        08-21-2010, 11:12 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I love friesians :) this one's big though, which isn't necessarily my preference as i'm short, but I think if it's crossed with my mare (15 hh) I should have a chance lol
         
        08-22-2010, 08:44 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    What a gorgeous match! Go for it if it's safe!
         
        09-06-2010, 01:21 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Its kinda like people....As we get older things will stretch out but not goe back were it origianally started. As things age the calogen in the skin depletes. Older mares have a higher chance of not carring to full term and if you have an older maiden, the bones might not open up as good causing a difficult birth. Age does this. Tearing is also very more probable in an older mare than a younger one.

    Colic is also higher in older mares after birthing and can be a death sentence leaving you an orphan foal. I believe in keeping their system full of dry hay and give them all they can eat to keep the intestines from twisting when giving birth.

    Breeding is a crap shoot and any of us that breed are taking a chance of loosing one or both. Even with the best of vet care this can happen. I'm also a fan of breeding big mares to small stallions. Draft breeds will have big heads and large shoulders and can make giving birth to a maiden light mare difficult.

    Chris
         
        09-06-2010, 01:41 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Well it's still under consideration lol. If I do decided to go ahead with it i'll definitely have the vet check her first.
         
        09-06-2010, 02:04 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Another big factor is going to be that she will have a big baby if bred to a large stud, but that will be a gorgeous cross!
         
        09-06-2010, 03:06 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Yes that is always another thing to keep in mind. I would really love to breed my mare (this one in particular) but I know that if I don't & still really want a foal from the stud I could bug my aunt into letting me use one of her mares lol! They're all Paints, though...
         

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