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post #11 of 16 Old 07-16-2010, 09:31 PM
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I just read the part where you were saying it'll be YEARS before you decide to breed her or not... if she's maiden, that's a HUGE risk. If she's already foaled once then not so much a problem.

Most breeders will breed a "potential" broodmare between her 4th and 5th year, and often no later than her 6th. It has been suggested by studies that mares bred for the first time after 6yrs old have a higher chance of pregancy (catching and carrying) issues, and birthing problems.

If you're not going to be thinking of breeding for 8-10 years, then my suggestion is to wait for that truly "special" mare... I'm sure in that time span you can certainly find a better candidate.
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Her neck will (hopefully) improve with some conditioning and fill out a little more. She is slightly underweight but gaining quick. I wish she wouldn't stand like a sack of potatoes when tied, she's much prettier perked up.

She's one of those horses that isn't much to look at, but has a big heart when put to the test and will trudge through whatever you want her to. Ugly, but trusty!

There is nothing in this mare that is breeding quality.

As far as the neck...sure it will fill out with muscling but that does not alter the basic conformation, just hides it. The same with any other part that is just not quite there as far as conformation.

And that leads me to this other comment that she looks prettier perked up. ALL horses look better "perked up" and that is the worst way to judge a horse.

If it can't stand alone and at least look conformationally correct then it should not be bred. I don't care if it is registered or not as that can be easily fixed with registries that will accept GOOD CONFORMATIONALLY correct horses. The registries that offer inspections are out there for you to get a more professional opinion and if she can't pass muster there to get BREEDING approval then at least you know not to waste your time and money on breeding her.
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post #13 of 16 Old 07-17-2010, 08:35 PM
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I wouldn't breed her. If you really want to breed and raise your own foal then buy a good quality registered mare and then breed. Your little mare is cute, but I definitely wouldn't breed her. She's got to many things going on, on top of being grade and I don't think the foal would be very marketable...if at all.

I've spent most my life riding horses...the rest i've just wasted.
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Leaving aside the need to repeat everything that has already been said about your mare, I get the desire to raise your own foal. Buy a quality mare that will be contributing something to the market, or rescue an already preggo mare that is going to have a baby regardless. Don't intentionally breed a less than stellar quality horse.

Just curious if she came from a rescue, how could you breed her? Don't most rescues adopt out with a no-breeding clause in their contract?


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Leaving aside the need to repeat everything that has already been said about your mare, I get the desire to raise your own foal. Buy a quality mare that will be contributing something to the market, or rescue an already preggo mare that is going to have a baby regardless. Don't intentionally breed a less than stellar quality horse.

Just curious if she came from a rescue, how could you breed her? Don't most rescues adopt out with a no-breeding clause in their contract?
Not all, unfortunately... nor do all who do actually "check up"

In my area a particular rescue was so innundated with horses that they didn't seem to screen homes well at all before adopting them out... a number of their mares were bred in the new homes, none were registered, though many were nice looking horses.
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Leaving aside the need to repeat everything that has already been said about your mare, I get the desire to raise your own foal. Buy a quality mare that will be contributing something to the market, or rescue an already preggo mare that is going to have a baby regardless. Don't intentionally breed a less than stellar quality horse.

Just curious if she came from a rescue, how could you breed her? Don't most rescues adopt out with a no-breeding clause in their contract?
She was rescued by a private person, pretty much like how I got Sam. You go to look at a horse, it's in deplorable condition and you just can't leave it there alone.


Like I said-I wouldn't be looking to breed ANYTHING (good brood mare or otherwise) for another several years (8-10). I simply do not have the setup. It is fun to 'stallion shop' though and imagine what little bundle of joy out pop out :)



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I just read the part where you were saying it'll be YEARS before you decide to breed her or not... if she's maiden, that's a HUGE risk. If she's already foaled once then not so much a problem.

Most breeders will breed a "potential" broodmare between her 4th and 5th year, and often no later than her 6th. It has been suggested by studies that mares bred for the first time after 6yrs old have a higher chance of pregancy (catching and carrying) issues, and birthing problems.

If you're not going to be thinking of breeding for 8-10 years, then my suggestion is to wait for that truly "special" mare... I'm sure in that time span you can certainly find a better candidate.
Well said. I want a safe, electric-fenced paddock, good stall in a barn, no barbed wire nastiness like I have now. I wouldn't be able to leave momma and baby alone. It's hard enough leaving my 'adult' horses alone out there. But, the pasture IS good and the people who live there do keep an eye on them.


In all honesty, my true, through-and-through DREAM horse is a lovely Friesian. I've seen several excellent mares, tested and with good lines, for surprisingly reasonable prices (well, if you consider 15k reasonable). Not one of those 2-5k whatever-fell-off-the-back-of-the-wagon horses, but a REAL Friesian of breeding quality.
I've talked with my good ol' dad about it quite a bit and will probably hold out for a nice Friesian mare, either a younger one to train, then breed, or a nice quality, older, broodmare.

Wait! I'll fix it....
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