Breeding questions for an early foal...
Whiskey will be bred to Invite the Artist for a 2014 foal. I would like to have an early foal, as this baby will be my show prospect... I have a few local girlfriends who are helping me through this, as it will be my first home bred horse, but would like the advice of those that are on this board that have done this before as well. It is very much appreciated!
Whiskey is Mayanna Gun. She is coming 5. She was shown last year, earning 47 APHA points in 7 different events including Halter, WP, HUS, horsemanship, trail, reining, showmanship, and speed events. She is currently #5 in APHA Top Ten Open SPB (solid paint bred) and Zone 3 Champion Open SPB, with honor rolls in Showmanship and Trail. Won many high points this year. She is 15.3, straight and correct, and the nicest mare in mind and body I have ever owned. She developed sarcoids on her neck and jaw, so will no longer be able to be shown. Vet said not hereditary and she is clear to breed.
Invite the Artist is a 16 hand bay homozygous tobiano with a ROM in Western Pleasure and World Show Slot Champion in Western Pleasure. He is straight, balanced, and has a beautiful head. He is Breeders Trust, NSBA, Reichert and a few other nominations.
So - here are my questions.
I currently have her in the barn at night under lights. They come on at 0430, off at 0730. She is turned out all day, then comes in and back under lights at 1630 (4:30 pm) until 2030 (8:30 pm).
I would like to aim for a March breeding for a Feb 2014 foal - what are the risks that you that have bred have encountered with early breedings. She is a silent heat mare, which has me a little worried. She will be going to a mare care station for her insemination - they do daily teasings and can do hormone injections as needed.
Do you do a pre-breeding exam - my breeder friends says huge waste of money on a maiden mare - she is current on coggins, shots, teeth and feet and worming.
Any advice or things to prepare for - thanks in advance...
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