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post #1 of 32 Old 10-22-2008, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Does breeding change personality?

My trainer really wants to breed my mare because she says it'll help her be a bit calmer and more down to earth. Is that true? I have no intentions of breeding my mare, really, but I'd like to know if this is some sort of real truth.
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I've always heard that too... and for the most part it's true I suppose....then again there are others that breeding has an opposite effect on

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I've always heard that too... and for the most part it's true I suppose....then again there are others that breeding has an opposite effect on

Yes I have also heard that if you get a young mare that can be flighty breeding seems to calm them. No idea if there is any thruth in it though.
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Although I have never thought it was a reason to breed, I have known a couple of wranglers that been every spring so mares are not so moody during the summer and fall riding.

My mare was a snaggle puss until she became a mom, now she is a sweet mare who wants another baby as its been 5 years since she has had a foal.
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wow..never thought about that...my dog is alot less hyper after her litter
I never figured it was the being pregnant that did it but I guess that's what it had to be

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oh well my young mare might be pregnate and I love her disposition now! I hope that if in fact she is that it will not make her crazy. She is sweet and willing now. I am going to have the vet come out and palpate her next week when I can afford it.

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I dunno... Beauty has an AWESOME personality when she's pregnant, but when she's not... she's just a moody mare... I use mare magic on her and that seems to work wonders.....

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Yeah, I have heard that. Some people breed their mares to "calm them down" and then they just pass on their moodieness/hyperness to the foal. We had a Morab X TB mare whom was eight years old and she had had one foal before we got her. I can't imagine what that foal might have turned out like if it had her personality. She was the flightiest animal on the planet, and I would NEVER had wanted to breed her....

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Yeah, I have heard that. Some people breed their mares to "calm them down" and then they just pass on their moodieness/hyperness to the foal. We had a Morab X TB mare whom was eight years old and she had had one foal before we got her. I can't imagine what that foal might have turned out like if it had her personality. She was the flightiest animal on the planet, and I would NEVER had wanted to breed her....
I will say my moody witchy mare gave me a really level headed sweet baby.....

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My trainer really wants to breed my mare because she says it'll help her be a bit calmer and more down to earth. Is that true? I have no intentions of breeding my mare, really, but I'd like to know if this is some sort of real truth.
It's not always true and many times it will make a mare more high strung and jumpy.
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