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post #1 of 6 Old 05-03-2010, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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How many foals is a lot?

Hi everyone! As many of you may know if you read this forum a lot, I bought a registered Fox Trotter mare last fall as my new trail horse (see Isabelle in my profile if you want to see her).

At the end of March I found out she is in foal!

Well, I called the Fox Trotter registry today just to find out some info and one of the questions I asked is if she had any registered foals.

Low and behold she has had seven registered foals! And the guy I bought her from has had two non-registered foals out of her, plus he bred her again so now I am expecting MY first foal.

Anyway, the poor horse will have had 10 foals (that I know about) in her 16 years of life once this baby is born.

I am definitely going to retire her from breeding, lol!

Is it common for people to breed that many foals out of one mare? Now I am feeling sorry for her! No wonder she is saggy in the belly and udder!

So this last baby will definitely be her last. I'm just like "WOW!" I figured she had a few, but WOW!
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-03-2010, 10:36 PM
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Some horses start after a show career; which could be 5 or 6 years old, and have a foal every year for 15 to 20 years...depending on how the mare holds up, healthwise. Not saying it's a 'good thing' but it's not uncommon, either.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-03-2010, 11:59 PM
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Not Uncommon at all. Alot of Healthy Brood mares have many foals in their life time. Hopefully an owner will realize when its time for a mare to be retired from foaling though. My guess is your mare is a good mother, I just watched my first live foaling yesterday actually its fascinating and the foals are a blast. Enjoy it!
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-04-2010, 01:10 AM
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My mare just turned 10 last month and she has had 7 foals.

Proud owner of ~Mana: 6yo Arabian gelding~Pearl 13yo Arabian~Danzer 14yo Arabian mare~ Tiny mini filly
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-04-2010, 09:12 AM
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It does seem like a lot, doesn't it?
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-04-2010, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I had no idea that was so common, breeding nearly every year the horse is breeding age. I still think the gals should get a year off now and then, because it must deplete their bodies. I started her on a vitamin/mineral supplement right after I got her, because she was slightly underweight and I felt like her body must be depleted from her foals (and of course fed her a lot of good quality hay). And that was before I found out she was in foal again. So I'm really glad I did that.

It's a wonder my gal ever got saddle broke, lol!
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