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    10-22-2010, 09:42 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Brood Mares

Just to start of with, I don't breed, I am just a curious girl who browses the for sale ads and wants to as much as possibe

Anyway, when I am browsing through the for sale ads, there are mares that are brood mares.
I know what they are, mares that have foals, but why would you breed a horse that has not proven it self in any other way, except to be a great mum or throughs great colours?

There was one horse, 12 year old never been broken and people were trying to sell as a brood mare because she had already had a foal.

Why would you waste a perfectly good horse just because you can't be bothered training it?

Sorry I am just really confused by the whole brood mare concept
     
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    10-23-2010, 06:52 AM
  #2
Trained
You have to look at it from a breeder's long term perspective. Their goal is to produce high quality horses with a set of traits that they are interested in. If you start with a mare that has proven bloodlines and she produces offspring that go on to have good performance records, you have exactly what you want and there is no need to ever train her.
     
    10-23-2010, 08:08 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Okay I guess that makes sense
     
    10-23-2010, 09:18 AM
  #4
Green Broke
Say a mare is bred to the 9's with GREAT names on both sides, but as a 2 year old got in a small accident that left her injured and unable to compete. She has a great disposition, sweet mare, really well put together, suited for whatever discipline she was bred for, etc etc. She is still worthy of being bred because she came from good quality stock to begin with, and has characteristics that are worth being passed on.

It isnt wasting a horse....as long as the horse is being sold as broodmare sound only, not a riding horse. Then the seller should be declaring what is wrong with the mare to potential buyers.

For someone that is knowledgeable and wanting to start their own broodmare band, or wanting a good quality mare for a few select hand raised foals with good futures, buying a mare that has a great pedigree behind her but wasnt competed because of (insert injury, blind in one eye, etc) is a good choice as it makes her a little more affordable.
     
    10-24-2010, 09:14 PM
  #5
Weanling
I use to think of using mares as just a broodmare "a waste" also. Than you have to look at it from the point of the horse, in the wild that's how they live and are quite content. My mares like being moms, I don't have any yet that run up and try to put a saddle on.
     
    10-24-2010, 09:26 PM
  #6
Super Moderator
Alot of race horses are bred strictly from brood mares, they are chosen purely for their confirmation.

I have a mare that has a terrifc pedigree and tons of training under her belt. The original owners put huge amounts of money into her, they had great plans for her to be a western pleasure horse. She was a witch and although she had the movement and the ability, she refused to show. Because of the amount of money they had in her, they bred her to try to get some money back. Turns out she makes good babies. They got 4 out of her that they were able to train, show, and sell for a profit. She was sold as a broodmare. They used a professional auction service and didn't mention her training. When I bought her we were using her for Western pleasure and some hunt seat. She's an awesome beginner level horse, but anytime you ask her to work, she bucks. And she's got one of the meanest straight legged bone jarring bucks you could imagine. They aren't high at all and they have no corkscrews or anything fancy, but because she keeps those legs straight... they are nasty bucks.

She's no fun to ride and she won't show, the tail go's up in the air and she gets all jiggy and witchy. We bred her. She gave me Riley. She's since severed her tendons so she's got a lameness issue now but... she made a good brood mare... not a good riding horse. (I found out the scoop on her previous training because I found one of her babies on dreamhorse and I e-mailed the owner. She gave me the dirt...)
     
    10-25-2010, 05:10 PM
  #7
Trained
For me no mare becomes a broodmare until they are proven under saddle and preferable shown and proven show horse. Then they become a broodmare.

There is no market for unproven mares or their foals. Even if you have a proven broodmare and to me a proven broodmare is a mare who has produced a horse who has excelled in an event. Not just had a foal. That proves nothing.

Also the price you can get for a foal out of a well proven mare is a lot more then the same mare who has not been proven. You are much better off proving them and then putting them into the broodmare band.
     
    10-25-2010, 05:31 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
For me no mare becomes a broodmare until they are proven under saddle and preferable shown and proven show horse. Then they become a broodmare.

There is no market for unproven mares or their foals. Even if you have a proven broodmare and to me a proven broodmare is a mare who has produced a horse who has excelled in an event. Not just had a foal. That proves nothing.

Also the price you can get for a foal out of a well proven mare is a lot more then the same mare who has not been proven. You are much better off proving them and then putting them into the broodmare band.
Ahhh the words of wisdom! I agree with you NRHA. IF I was to ever breed a mare, she had better done something worthy.

(We did have an accidental foal out of my Morgan mare. She was running in the back with all of our Standardbred mares and stud. Never believe a mare is too old to get pregnant..... She was 22 or 23 at the time. Beautiful baby though!! She wasnt kept out with Herc anymore after that...lol)
     
    10-25-2010, 07:12 PM
  #9
Started
I really don't have too much of a problem, with some mares only being used to produce. Let's face it, there are also a heck of a lot of wonderful stallions, who have never seen the inside of a show ring or proven themselves in various diciplines. Yet they often produce in a lifetime, a whole lot more offspring than the average mare.

That said, in our family, we do train our horses under saddle. Certainly I think, a brood mare who is also trained, is a lot more saleable if it becomes necessary. And of course, if a horse has a show record of worth, then it becomes even more saleable.

Also, when a brood mare becomes too old to produce or has had trouble producing, she can then go on to be someone's nice mount and have another career, if already trained.

Lizzie
     
    10-25-2010, 07:49 PM
  #10
Trained
Redtree being from WA as well, I see the same ads you do :) It's probably either injury that makes the mares unrideable, or psychotic mares. Sometimes they can be ridden lightly, but not doing anything that would stress their legs, like jumping.
     

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