Originally Posted by Indyhorse
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 :)
Originally Posted by TheLastUnicorn
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.