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post #1 of 7 Old 09-20-2013, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Breeding, Maiden Mares, Foaling

Ok, so this year I am looking to breed my first foal but there're a few things I'm not to sure about, I was wondering where people keep their mares after they've been served (in a paddock obviously!) but with other mares? are they able to go in with/next to geldings or will this cause the mare to come into season and loose the foal?

I have a very nice Tb mare that I want to put in foal, she has a wonderful temperament, good breeding/conformation and is great under saddle. The stallion that I have selected is a Stockhorse (and the sire to my current competition horse which is the main reason for going with this stallion). I know a lot of the offspring from this stallion and all are very nice horses (nature and conformation wise).
I am breeding for myself and if all goes well the foal will eventually replace my current horse. my mare is a maiden mare and I understand the complications and risks (I'm a vet nurse) and have a lady up the road who breeds sport horses who is happy to help....so I guess my biggest question at the moment is can I put my mare in with geldings? I have no other mares on the property and she has always lived with these three geldings.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-20-2013, 08:36 AM
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Yes you can. when my mare was bred, we only had 3 horses, her and 2 geldings. she came home and went right to the pasture. 337 days later, my filly was born.

i suggest reading and preparing as much as you can. 11 months seems so far off, but my mares pregnancy went so fast that i did not feel prepared enough. Im so glad she foaled on her own cause i was a wreck. Blessed Are The Broodmares is the best book to purchase. Very informative.
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Yes you can. when my mare was bred, we only had 3 horses, her and 2 geldings. she came home and went right to the pasture. 337 days later, my filly was born.

i suggest reading and preparing as much as you can. 11 months seems so far off, but my mares pregnancy went so fast that i did not feel prepared enough. Im so glad she foaled on her own cause i was a wreck. Blessed Are The Broodmares is the best book to purchase. Very informative.
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My mares not only return to the herd they are members of after being covered they also foal in that same pasture with other mares or geldings if their herd has any. Shalom
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Our mares return to the herd also. We do separate 2-3 months before foaling to get them off fescue onto orchard grass.
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My mare went back to her pasture with 2 geldings. I only separated them when she got close because geldings will run a newborn, which is not good. After the foal's tendons tightened up, he was getting around well and they got their sniffing done over the fence then we put them together and they are all best buds now!
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Yes, you can. We live covered our mare last year and she was put back with the gelding after servicing. She'll be fine.

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