I've been somewhat casually looking around for a young prospect to bring along as a dressage horse. I've got a huge huge soft spot for Welsh Cobs and came across one that seems like she would be perfect. The only thing is, she's 3 years old... already had one foal and is lined up for another one this spring.
So my first question is, are there any ramifications for her being bred twice so soon? 2 years seems awful young to be bred by my standards. She actually foaled when she was 3 years if that makes a difference, and will be 4 by the time she foals again. Could this potentially have "stunted" her growth?
Also, her owner plans to keep the foal when it's weaned next summer. If I were to come along and buy the mare, would I be expected to leave her there with the owner until she had foaled out and the foal was weaned? Would I take the mare and give the owner the foal back after it was weaned? If I did buy the mare (which is still a big IF), I would want to get her primed for being formally started under saddle pretty soon after foaling/weaning. This would involve lots of ground work, desensitization, etc. I wouldn't want to have to postpone all training until next summer! Should I forget it?