I don't see why you couldn't breed her once more. She's not maiden, she's recently foaled, and she's healthy (I'm assuming). As long as vet says she's still breeding sound I would breed her to the stud once more.
Not sure what stud you mean for Takala if you bred her down the road, but I wouldn't breed back to the sire (first impression I got when I read the post, I'm assuming you didn't mean that though, lol.).
I just love your curlies though..I'd buy one of them, lol.
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She is a very healthy mare, especially know with a proper worming and vaccination schedule as well as routine farrier care. Her last few foals she had without any grain, and while she was under conditioned, she wasn't thin. She just didn't look like now where she gets brushed, bathed, and braided enough to make a difference.
And yes, I'd find a different stud for Takala. Curlies may have a small gene pool already, but I'm certain I'd be able to find something nice out there that isn't that closely related.
This is what I mean by a decent market. Plenty of people can tell they are good looking horses, plus they are sound minded and functional. I might have a biased opinion, but I certainly wish a good horse like that was easier to find.
You're producing good, solid using horses, yes? No particular bloodlines or anything? I really like a solid draftX, but there are literally thousands of them where I live, available for next to nothing. The meat men LOVE them.
Are you breeding for sentiment? All good things do come to an end. You have 2 beautiful gifts from this mare... Why the push? Do you have a place or a plan for all her babies?
I, myself, only have time for one horse. As it is, he barely receives the attention due to him.
Everyone's journey is different, and I certainly make no judgements. Just offering a perspective from someone who's accepted the market reality in North America's hot zone for trail mutts. A well trained mutt here goes for less than $2000. (Lucky me!)
Hold the phone! They're CURRLIES? They look much more stout than the one I've met!! Sexy as hell! IMO, working to preserve healthy bloodlines is the entire point of breeding. Didn't realise you were a bonafide breeder with a mission...
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Yes, both parents are ABCR registered Curlies, just out of a line that has much more meat to their bones. Most Curlies I see are mustang sized, and the few draft ones you do find out there are really something special. They'd be more than just a draft cross, that's for certain. I apologize for not going in depth enough sooner.
OP, I guess you need to go into more detail about your mare and history since not everyone followed your foaling thread.
While waiting a bit longer might not be a bad choice. You cannot predict what the future will bring. Maybe a year or two wouldn't be bad, but 5-6 yrs would be pushing the ability to get in foal and carry to term a healthy pregnancy. Have you been able to register your filly yet?
Another thought, if you wait to breed, you can see how your filly matures and if she is breeding worthy. Then you could find a really nice curly stud that compliments your filly ;)
I would really love to get another filly out of Tenakee, and I think if that happened I might retire her for sure, as then I would have two daughters who I could not only use as a pair in harness, but as broodmares down the line.
I actually typed up a huge thing, but deleted it and decided to start out small as to not instantly convince everyone that I am just loco.
This mare was owned by Joe Mead, a notable man in the history of Curly horses for his breeding of magnificent animals. She was given/sold to his sister-in-law as a riding horse. Joe liked this mare, and loved her dam as well. Joe's brother, Don, contacted us after we bought two dogs and a horse from him previously. (All on separate occasions, mind you.) We were told she was bred, and we thought she'd foal soon after we brought her home of March 2012, but she foaled a year later, February 5th of this year. She was used as a broodmare most her life, but is broke to ride, and apparently they dabbled with driving her. She's produced many outstanding foals, all similar build with a bit of influence from the sire. She will typically throw something very drafty, and I am certain that it would even hold up to the most dishy Arabian you could find. That is a bit of her past.
The reason I want to breed her isn't on sentiment alone, but there is an influence thinking that these are her last fertile years. There are other horses out there, but nothing that could match having another son or daughter of this spectacular mare. With having a rare breed, it is harder to find something that will suit your exact needs. I might never have another opportunity like this, especially with an experienced broodmare.