1: Some of you may have heard me talk about Emma, my palomino paint mare. She's 14 and I really really want to breed her! My first question is should I? She's 14, has never had a foal to my knowlege, and has arthritus and this really concerns me..it kinda seems like a concoction of failure to me...but her arthritus is managable with excercise, and she is very healthy and spunky for her age, I ride her AT LEAST 3 times a week, and seems to beg boys to breed her.
2: How much is there to breeding as far as vet visits and such are concerned....some people around here leave it all natural, and some people do the ultra sounds and all that stuff.
3: There is a stud I found that is fresh on the market, so his stud fee is free for this year for trial. He is beautiful and I have talked to the guy about it. It will be $175 for the AI when I get up there plus $15 a day mare care. (He doesn't offer live cover) Is this reasonable? Here are pictures:
4: Would my mare and this stud make a good baby? Here is a picture of her: (please excuse the rediculously large pics and the rider...it's not me, it's my best friend- although people say we look alike )
I know her conformation isn't perfect- she slopes down a little in the back, and her head is large- not babydoll or femine, but for a non-registered paint/quarter, I think she's pretty...(also, the first picture is from last year- she is much more muscled now and has a prettier more peach-colored coat coming in since I've switched foods)
I don't know...what do you all think?