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post #1 of 7 Old 12-08-2010, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Buy a Bred Mare or Not?

There is a local person who bought a horse this summer when they moved into the area. The horse they have is in foal and will have it in the spring. Now due to circumstances beyond their control they can no longer afford to keep the horse and need to sell her.

I have lived on a farm when growing up and know the ins and outs of many farm animals, just not horses. We currently have the ability to take the horse, let her have the baby, then sell it later when weaned, but what are we getting into if I buy her? I know if things would go bad, there would be possible vet bills. The horse has been a broodmare a good deal of her life with no complications. I guess I need to know what would be required as far as good prenatal care.

Let me know the good, the bad and the ugly, no horror stories please, I know things that can happen as I have read other posts. I just need to know basics of what are required. I want to make sure as this person bought the horse was told she was exposed to a stallion and then hoped it wouldn't be in foal. Duh.

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-08-2010, 07:55 PM
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Its always fun to have the foal. Personally I love working with them. They are like little sponges and are so willing to learn once you have their attention
My only advice is be careful you don't get too attached to the baby. We bought a couple of bred mares 6 years ago with plans to sell the foals... We still have them
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-09-2010, 12:22 AM
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Before you read this, please note I am not a sensible person to take advise from. I have a small house, with 3 cats, 4-5 foster kids and usually 2 dogs (one just passed, and I am already looking at a new pup). I am not quite TV show hoarding crazy, but I am a sucker for something that needs a home.

If you have the space, the time and the money, I would take the horse. If you get attached to the foal, you could always sell the mare instead. Or if you are nuts like me, just keep them both.
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-09-2010, 12:31 AM
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If you have the facilities to keep a mare in foal and then a mare and a foal, I would.

Your first phone call should be to your vet. Phone calls are free and it doesn't hurt to know upfront what kind of costs you are looking to take on. Let them know that you are considering buying a bred mare and that you need to take a look at it from a strictly financial decision. Know the costs, weigh the risks and then decide.
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-09-2010, 06:02 AM
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We just braught a mare in foal a couple of months ago poor girl had to travel like 700 miles to get here then she got stuck on the mainland for three weeks after she set of.

Depending on what breed of mare and how she has live (stabled ro rugged of not) depends on the accomadation you nead. If it was one of my shetlands foaling march - september then they would jsut stay in the field to foal. Molly is going to be stabled at night in february to foal as it is awful up here. If the mare have been stabbled or rugged she won't be particully hardy so I would stable her for foaling. But if the horse is native or lived out side all year round without a rug then if it is the normal foaling time (April - June) then I would just leave them out side. Also if you foal her in a stable it has to be at least 12 foot by 12 foot.

To look after them the mare just gets what ever jabs she neads (here in shetland they don't get any unless they go to the mainland as there isn't any infecus anything up here not even flu) and make sure she fed right and she should foal fine.

Other cost there will be are Microchipping the foal, head collor and stuff like that for the foal.
Apart form all that jsut keep an eye her when she is due to foal and ating different then get up ever hour during the night to check on her just in case she neads help.

Here is a shetland pony breeders website that has lots of helpful information.
foaling signs (this has A lot of info on foaling sighs)
foaling diaries (this gives you a rough idea of she should look like at different stages in gestation).
Hope this helps
Rachel (sorry about any bad spelling)
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-09-2010, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, we are going to see her this weekend. Will know for sure then. Vet costs aren't too bad here. We have an older vet that still does it part time so that worry is gone.

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