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post #1 of 5 Old 09-19-2011, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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First time breeding

I am not looking into breeding right away but maybe six or seven years down the line, if I do that. I want a few pointers though to help me decide. I would absolutely love to breed my spotted saddle as she is an amazing horse. At three years old she was going and seeing more things than most six or seven year old horses. She has beautiful conformation and a lovely disposition. She only wants to please. She has the best gaits ever. She smooth as glass and has been clocked at twenty eight miles an hour when she just turned three years old. However, she is my baby. I am not very willing to let anything happen. Breeding her scares the life out of me because of the what ifs. If something happened to her I don't know what I would do because it would be all my fault cause I bred her. But I would absolutely love to have a foal from her. It would not be sold or anything like but just for me and my daughter when she gets older.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-19-2011, 10:54 PM
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OOOH, I just have to discourage you. Not for any moral issues or anything like that but because the economy is so bad that you can BUY a foal that is exactly what you want for less than the stud fee these days and for sure for less than stud fee, insemination or mare care and 18 months of feeding and caring for the little critter. I love breeding my mares and caring for the foals but even though I own my own mares and my stallions, I haven't been breeding because I can put in an "order" for the exact animal I want and get it without any of the guesswork and risks to my own horses.

Now in 6 or 7 years, if the economy is booming, ask me again! LOL

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I am extremely in-between on this because I do see that I could get exactly what I want color wise by just buying one, but, I know my mare and her temperament/disposition and her sire and dam. Color I am not worried with in the least bit. I don't have two horses that are even remotely alike now. The ones we have now were all bought based on temperament/disposition and willing to learn. But like I said this is nothing that will happen anytime soon because my mare is extremely precious to me. I would give and do anything for her. I don't know if I am closest to her out of all our other because I trained her as a two year old and taken her everywhere with me or what.

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-20-2011, 09:23 PM
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Breeding your mare does not guarantee that the foal will have a temperament to match that of the mare. In fact, you may end up with the opposite of what you want.
Buying is a far safer option, just buy a weanling or yearling, then you can see colour, general conformation, sire/dam, siblings etc. MUCH safer. If you're terrified of losing your mare in pregnancy/foaling, then don't even go there.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-20-2011, 10:47 PM
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Breeding a maiden mare that you love is always a very difficult decision. There is no right or wrong, and it sounds like you know the risks. We had always wanted to breed one of our trail mares, but we were also concerned with the risk of losing a well trained horse. We decided to buy the dam of one of our mares (a proven broodmare) and breed her instead of risking one of our good trail horses.

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