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Months for breeding

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  • What month is the best to breed your horse to get a spring foal
  • What month to breed my horse

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    11-10-2011, 05:09 AM
  #1
Weanling
Months for breeding

This is out of complete curiousity that I am asking this. What month(s) do you breed your horses, and for what reasons? I know season has some to do with it, but are there other factors? Do you prefer one month over another? Does the stud owner have say in it? What factors play into when you breed? Just want to point out, I am not planning to breed, I am just curious.
     
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    11-10-2011, 06:00 AM
  #2
Green Broke
We were going to breed our mare a couple of years ago but it wasn't feasible for us at that time. What we were told was to breed in late spring. Their gestation is 11 months. That way they would foal in the spring when it's starting to get warmer. It makes it easier for the foal to not have to deal with the cold of winter right away. Also if they foal in the summer, it would be more uncomfortable for the mare dealing with the heat. If you have a heated barn, you could foal in the winter. However if they foaled during a bad storm and had complications, the vet would have a hard time getting there to help.
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    11-10-2011, 06:21 AM
  #3
Showing
For performance horses especially, you want a horse to deliver as close to the first week in January as possible. Since a horse turns a year older on January 1st, a foal born on January 6th will have a distinct advantage over a horse born on Decempber 23rd. Both being judged as a one year old on January 1st.

Since Futurities are for 3 year olds. The horse born on Jan 6 will be 11 months older then the one born on Dec 23rd.
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    11-10-2011, 08:38 AM
  #4
Weanling
I generally try to breed in early to mid May for an April baby. By April the weather here in NC has generally leveled off so there is not a lot of cold rainy nights, but it has not yet started to get hot.

I'm not into futurity babies so I see no reason to stress a mare by forcing her into heat with lights and all that jazz or to deal with worrying about a baby in the cold. If you are going for a futurity show horse, it's worth it, but if you are not aiming for that then stick to the spring cycle.
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    11-12-2011, 04:28 PM
  #5
Weanling
I agree. I usually put my mare under lights after the summer solstice to keep the day length consistent and breed in the first heat cycle of the year.


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For performance horses especially, you want a horse to deliver as close to the first week in January as possible. Since a horse turns a year older on January 1st, a foal born on January 6th will have a distinct advantage over a horse born on Decempber 23rd. Both being judged as a one year old on January 1st.

Since Futurities are for 3 year olds. The horse born on Jan 6 will be 11 months older then the one born on Dec 23rd.
     
    11-12-2011, 04:47 PM
  #6
Weanling
It deepends on what you want to do with the foal. It depends on what type of place you have. I want them foaled near Jan. I breed in Feb or March.
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    11-12-2011, 06:35 PM
  #7
Trained
I prefer to breed Apr/May/1st half of June at the very latest. But for futurity reasons I have 2 foals coming the very last of Jan/early Feb this year. As a stallion owner I offer shipping from the end of Feb to the end of June unless it get ridiculously hot in early June like it did this year.
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    11-16-2011, 01:10 AM
  #8
Foal
As I am in the southern hemisphere (Australia), I breed my mares around Oct/Nov. I have had foals born in August, but I found its just a bit too cold for them; hence why I don't breeding until more towards the middle of our breeding season.
     
    11-16-2011, 08:18 AM
  #9
Weanling
I bred my mare last June to get a May foal. Spring were I live can sometime be cold and wet. I wanted to have a late foal in hope that it will be warmer and dryer.
     
    11-18-2011, 04:54 AM
  #10
Weanling
Sounds likethe horses breed and location (weather for that area) pretty much determine when you breed your horses. Thank you everyone for answering.
     

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