Breeding is not a butterfly farts, rainbows and sugary candy. Its a TON of preparation, stress and takes a ton of experience and knowledge in order to do it successfully.
first off, what does your mare have to offer the horse world? What's her conformation? and dont say perfect because there is no such thing. Every horse has faults. How extreme are the faults? What has she done in life to warrent producing a foal? Does she have a money will show record? Hows her personality? What else? What's her pedigree consist of?
what genetic testing has your mare had? Any? Horses have genetic diseases and disorders that can be fatal. Horses should be tested negative for them before ever even considering breeding.
a vet should always be involved! Do you have kids? Did you have a obgyn? Did you go for monthy visits? Did you follow a pre natal diet? Did you have your shots?
breeding is EXPENSIVE! You shouldnt just breed to Joe-Stud-Muffin down the road because hes there, or "is a pretty color" You would need to find a stallion that makes up for your mares faults. Is the best possible cross for you mare. And will produce a marketable foal that is WANTED by someone. Not just you.
what happens if you ever have to sell? If you bred a crappy foal, your going to be stuck with it. Which is why your breed the best to the best...and hope for the best.
are you prepared to lose your mare? The foal? Both? Labor can go wrong at any time. Its a fact of life. You breed for horse number 2, and end up with 0. It happens. Its something you have to consider and prepare for.
sure foals are cute and sure they are fun. But, what about the tens of thousands of horses already born that sit in the slaughter house without an owner? Waiting to die. You could save one. Perhaps one day the foal you produced ends up there. How would you feel?
there are so many other options then breeding.
do your research and keep an open mind. Breeding is hard work, very expensive and shouldnt be done by anyone inexperienced in equine genetics or horse care in general.
breeding a QUALITY foal takes a ton of effort.
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Last edited by CLaPorte432; 09-03-2013 at 05:12 PM.