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    02-03-2010, 08:36 PM
Alfalfa cubes are ok. Sounds like a nice stud. Have the vet out and let me know! Good luck!
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    02-03-2010, 08:44 PM
Originally Posted by kassierae    
Also, please don't breed her based on her temperament.

It's her termperament, and her build (when she's in good shape). Not to mention, she's double registered with the Tennessee Walking Horse Association, and the American Racking Horse Association.

She was underweight when I got her, but I have seen pictures of her from before the lady cut back on all of her horses feed because her husband being out of work. She also has a very nice, natural gait; and throws some beautiful babies (I've seen pictures of them also). If she's not bred now, I was looking at this stud within the next couple of years...just not this year. Carvins Cove Stables

He's been sold, but I emailed and now have the information on the new owners. I just hope they still have him when and if I actually get ready. Of course, if she's already bred, I won't do it to her again.
    02-03-2010, 09:51 PM
Build doesn't change with their level of fitness, it's their bone structure. As for the stallion, he's nice but IMO not stallion quality. He's very pretty, but I'm betting if he was any other color he would be a gelding. He also hasn't done anything but stand there and be pretty and make babies. And registration has less to do with breeding than conformation and accomplishments, IMO. If you do in fact choose to breed, breed to something that will provide you with a well built MARKETABLE foal, because nothing is ever set in stone. Breeding is very expensive, and many times if you breed to a lower quality stud you will not get what you put into it to have that baby. Not to mention the obvious risks to mare and baby.
    02-03-2010, 10:10 PM
I thought the pictures below the main one spoke for themselves. I wouldn't be breeding for the looks of a show horse. I want the solid structure with a good level mind. I know that in breeding there are no guarantees. But IF she's bred now to the stud that the trainer told me about, I already have 2 people, that he spoke to today, that want it just because of it being from Rosie.

Besides, what is marketable in one place, could not be marketable in another. Ty was not marketable in this area...because he didn't jump. He was shown only as a WTC horse. Took him to where I'm from, traded him for Rosie, and gave her money to boot. She sold him for $1000. I only paid $200 for him from a lady in MD, and Rosie's previous owner only allowed me $400 as a trade. It's all according to preferences.
    02-04-2010, 08:56 AM
Did you call the vet and make an appointment to have her checked?
    02-04-2010, 10:20 AM
I wouldn't have a wait and see attitude like the previous owners. Pregnant mares need shots at certain intervals for some virus can't remember what one???
    02-04-2010, 09:36 PM
They're supposed to be out in the morning. Weather permitting that is. We're supposed to get between 16 & 24" of snow starting tomorrow morning at about 10. They're supposed to be there at 11, but that was the quickest they could get out.
    02-04-2010, 09:41 PM
Glad you're getting the vet out !
    02-05-2010, 08:16 PM
Green Broke
So what did the vet say? Is Rosie bred?
    02-05-2010, 10:11 PM
They didn't make it out with the snow coming. She said the earliest would be later next week. So, I have the lady that I ride with call her vet and see if he can see her when the roads clear enough for me to get the trailer out. I've got to find out soon. If she is, I want to get the inside stall ready. The barn has 5 stalls, 1 being used for hay. 2 open up to the paddock area (1 of which she's in), and 2 inside stalls. The BO's miniature donkey had her baby in one of them this past July.

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