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    02-24-2013, 06:07 PM
  #31
Foal
Just to point this out-- I'm not a "breeder." I don't breed and sell or anything like that; I bred these two because they have the best personalities of any horses I've ever been around in my entire life. Combining the two will make a very fine foal, in my opinion. They're both incredibly gentle, love everyone, can be ridden by anyone, and give us no trouble whatsoever. Snazz is registered with the APHA and has nice bloodlines---I didn't know I was supposed to "prove" my horses to be worthy of breeding, I just thought some would be interested in seeing how the foal turned out and whatnot. :) Blondie is also a great mother, she has thrown absolutely GORGEOUS foals with beautiful personalities and conformation.
     
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    02-24-2013, 06:27 PM
  #32
Foal
And I wasn't ignoring anyone's comments btw!! Most of the comments didn't show up for some reason :o
     
    02-24-2013, 07:16 PM
  #33
Yearling
You don't owe anyone an explanation, even if they feel entitled to it, so don't worry. If passive-aggressively picking on people who post foaling threads on a horse forum actually did anything useful, they would have solved the problem that gives them their righteous purpose long ago.
Do you know when they bred?
     
    02-24-2013, 07:39 PM
  #34
Foal
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Originally Posted by soenjer55    
You don't owe anyone an explanation, even if they feel entitled to it, so don't worry. If passive-aggressively picking on people who post foaling threads on a horse forum actually did anything useful, they would have solved the problem that gives them their righteous purpose long ago.
Do you know when they bred?
Thank you, I agree! I DON'T own anyone an explanation. Thanks for that, makes me feel much better! :)

I'm not sure about the date, Blondie is kind of a shy breeder (in front of humans--she's never been caught!). We put them together on March 10, they could have bred right away. I'm positive it happened in March, though. She stopped going into season after that.
     
    02-24-2013, 08:02 PM
  #35
Trained
I would ask everyone to remember that there is now a warning when you post in the breeding section

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Please note that in many cases, breeding a horse is a controversial topic. Many feel that, with the number of horses going to slaughter and the economy in the state it is, breeding unregistered, unproven horses, who's foals would be without inherent value and would therefore have great difficulty finding new homes if necessary, is irresponsible. If the horse you would like to discuss breeding has any specific accolades (awards, pedigree, etc.), please share them at the outset so that others understand that the foal in question has decent prospects and can reply accordingly.
On the other hand, if you are simply looking to breed a companion animal you are fond of or the like, you are of course welcome to start a thread, but please be advised that, because this is a public forum and posts invite replies, you are likely to hear from people who consider it irresponsible to take on the risks and expense of bringing a foal with dim prospects into the world when there are already many fine companion animals going to slaughter.
While we don't like to see anyone's feelings hurt at the Horse Forum, we would be remiss if we did not allow members to educate those who's plans to breed tend to contribute to the collective suffering of the horses we all love.
By agreeing to this and creating a thread in the Horse Breeding forum, you acknowledge that your thread is subject to criticism and understand that you have the option of not creating it.
This means that anyone who chooses to go ahead and post in this area does so with the knowledge that not everyone will post "Oh pretty horse, can't wait to see the baby" This is a topic that a lot of us feel very strongly about, and yes it is totally up to the OP if she reads or agrees or responds to any of the posters, but we have every right to post, and state our thoughts, that is the very nature of a forum.
     
    02-24-2013, 08:05 PM
  #36
Foal
More pictures of Blondie from today! Some of these turned out really small, sorry about that :/ had to use my husband's phone for a bit!
As you can see, she looks pretty exhausted. She's been pacing a good bit today. Her belly also looks smaller, but I can still feel the foal moving.


She isn't bagging up, but her nipples are much bigger. Her utters do feel thicker.


Her vulva does look relaxed and slightly swollen. She has some dry discharge, but I've had several people look at her and tell me it was normal. Also contacted a vet, but they didn't feel the need to come out since she's so close to giving birth. She was also "winking" earlier for a few minutes; the inside is a dark pink color.


This is how she's been holding her tail; usually it is more over to the side. As you can see, her hips are starting to sink in a lot (they look a little worse in person). She looked nothing like this before. Is this because she's relaxing back there? Her muscles are also starting to soften up a lot all throughout her hind end.


That's pretty much all she has going on today!

I also figured I'd include some pictures of the daddy-to-be. I love my beautiful boy and nothing anyone says about him will change that!






*The mare below belongs to my father*
     
    02-24-2013, 08:29 PM
  #37
Foal
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
I would ask everyone to remember that there is now a warning when you post in the breeding section



This means that anyone who chooses to go ahead and post in this area does so with the knowledge that not everyone will post "Oh pretty horse, can't wait to see the baby" This is a topic that a lot of us feel very strongly about, and yes it is totally up to the OP if she reads or agrees or responds to any of the posters, but we have every right to post, and state our thoughts, that is the very nature of a forum.
I agree fully with you on this! My feelings haven't been hurt; the way I look at it, everyone is entitled to an opinion, whether it be nice or not. If someone reacted EXTREMELY rudely, which hasn't much happened to be on here, I would simply ignore it and move on. This is exactly why I haven't been whining about it! :) I have no hard feelings against anyone on this site.

The sire of this foal is registered, the mother is not (to my knowledge, anyway-- if she is, I don't have the documents). This doesn't matter to me because the foal will be used for the same things his/her parents are; life-long companions and trail horses. I don't live on a farm. I don't deal with horses for a living. I don't sell horses, period. When they come here, they stay until their time is up on Earth. We have three horses total. Two are mine, the other is mine as well, but my father bought her for me (she's registered with TWHBEA AND SSHBEA). Blondie is the only unregistered horse I have. Both of the others have very nice bloodlines.
     
    02-24-2013, 08:33 PM
  #38
Yearling
Nobody ever questioned your right, Golden Horse. Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD, however. :)
Although I would like to point out a small piece of this, if I may, as I am slightly puzzled.
"While we don't like to see anyone's feelings hurt at the Horse Forum, we would be remiss if we did not allow members to educate those who's plans to breed tend to contribute to the collective suffering of the horses we all love."
If you could show me where you all have been trying to educate the OP, since I'm blind as a bat and seem to have missed it, I'd very much be indebted.
Also, I don't know too much about breeding, but she seems a bit small in the belly... Is that normal at 11 months?
     
    02-24-2013, 08:44 PM
  #39
Green Broke
I've seen some mares that don't bag up until the day they foal so its not always an accurate read of when it may happen.

It will definitely be interesting to see what you get from these too. Keep us updated with LOTS of pictures lol


Have you tried the color calculator for these two?
http://www.horsetesting.com/CCalculator1.asp
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    02-24-2013, 09:08 PM
  #40
Foal
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Originally Posted by soenjer55    
Also, I don't know too much about breeding, but she seems a bit small in the belly... Is that normal at 11 months?
She has been VERY large for quite a while; in fact, two days ago she had dropped so much I thought she would explode, lol!
But since last night, she started getting smaller. I got very, very worried, so I did some research and most everything I read said when the foal is moving into the birthing position, they will normally look much smaller. I can still see and feel the foal moving, he/she is very active! He was throwing a party in there earlier today. It slowed down just a little bit tonight, but I also read that the foal stops moving so much when in the birthing position. It also could have been nap time! **Someone PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong about any of this!!!**
     

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