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post #51 of 57 Old 02-07-2010, 03:50 AM
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You have hit upon the reasons why I have not done it .

I would not know how to do it without further advice
I can see several reasons why I should not do it at all.

The liklihood of ever going further than thinking about it
is pretty remote. But the opportunity arose to ask the questions of people who seem to know about how to do it.


PS I like that "Maiden Mare" bit - can I add Moody?
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post #52 of 57 Old 02-07-2010, 12:59 PM
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Just FTR 8 years old as a maiden isn't that bad, actually. That's actually fairly young for a maiden. After about age 14-15 I start worrying.
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post #53 of 57 Old 02-07-2010, 01:51 PM
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I work for a board certified theriogenologist and we breed dozens of maidens each season. We consider one over 6 to be in the problematic category and things increase from there.

B.G. you can add moody, but it seems a bit redundant with the "mare" bit. haha... actually I prefer mares lately myself but that is probably because it is winter and they are all so much more predictable right now! I do think Didi would make a lovely mum, but remember her foal is likely to be as jumpy as she can be (though not a guarantee!)

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post #54 of 57 Old 02-08-2010, 07:40 AM
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I am new here, so i hope it's ok to comment.

As an ex breeder, i agree with some of what is said. However, i also think we cannot expect someone to NOT breed just because their mare may be sub standard. Except for glaring faults that do affect their function and/or comfort, anyone should have the right to breed their own mare, no matter what others think of her. As long as they are willing to care for that foal. To breed to sell is a whole other matter and i would hope they would understand the limits of selling one.

But many wonderful horses have come from what others would determine substandard parents. And if a person just wants a baby from their favorite mare, I see no harm in it. But they should be prepared to assure that the offspring is well cared for!!!!
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post #55 of 57 Old 10-22-2012, 12:47 AM
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Not all backyard breeders are bad. Where my trainer keeps her horses now they used to breed paint horses they had the money and they got some nice horses out of it. The flip side of that is that they have the money for it. They live on family land and wouldn't even need to offer boarding they do it to be nice.

The results of their breeding were some lovely horses the last foal they bred is a black and white mare named calypso. She is such a fun horse! She has practically no vices and at three years old we took her out on trails putting her at every position in the pack and she was perfect. You could adjust her pace with just a squeeze shed quicken the pace and keep it there at any gait. Took her on a hunt and she did fine. She's 5 or 6 now. Her mother was a non-descript solid bay paint. The sire is invader something? *insert name's* dark invader I think. They still have all the horses including the stallion lol. He's a very well mannered guy but can't be ridden due to an injury. They keep him with one of their reject Budweiser Clydesdales. One's old with joint problems, The others a young one who didn't get dark enough for the team. A perfect match since Devon the Clydesdale doesn't kick(doesn't need to)and Vader's to small to do any damage and they play together a lot lol

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post #56 of 57 Old 11-10-2012, 01:40 AM
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once I bought a stallion and a 5 month colt thinkiing they were father and son. well not long before we bought them the old owner has a blood test done, onthe 5 month old Jester. they found out the stalion (Avelanche) was not the sire and it was another horse named velvet who bred his dam first. well velvets father is little kings Black Velvet and his grandfather Boones Little Buckaroo. and I also found out by looking at there papers that Avalanche and Jester's dam were half brother and sister with the same mom.

I aggree with you not everyone came have a perfect bloodline horse then the value would go down because no one would by them. those "crap horses" as they refere to them in my therad, make the well bred horses awesome or we would just go back to the place we were at.
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post #57 of 57 Old 11-13-2012, 08:21 PM
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I agree with some previous posts that breeding is not to be taken lightly, however, I don't agree that a horse needs to have absolutely perfect conformation to breed. As long as their faults aren't going to be detrimental to mare or foal, I don't think there should be an issue. I will be breeding my mare in the spring and it is something I have researched and taken very seriously. She does not have perfect conformation, but I've been told by others her faults are not serious. The stallion has excellent conformation and has won halter classes at the national level in Canada. To boot they both have fantastic personalities. My hope is that between the two of them, I will have a balanced, well-built foal that is an improvement from both parents.
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