So I really want to breed my mare, but I want to wait til I have more time/money to invest in a baby. I found a stud that I really, really, reallly like, and the breeder offers shipped semen. I have never used this before, and don't know my mares ovulation cycle. The stud is a long ways away (as in across the country), and there is no way on earth I am shipping her there for the sake of distance and cost.
So here are my questions:
1. How long does shipped semen last?
2. Should I have a vet inseminate my mare, or a local breeder?
3. Here are photos of the 2 studs I picked and my mare; tell me if you think they will be a good match. I do, but I want other opinions! K bar K Missouri Fox Trotters and Custom Western Jewelry
THIS IS MY #1! I am in love with this stud. But what do you guys think of his conformation? I love his color, and I love his conformation. My only question is that there is no video to see how he moves. Blue Roan Stallion - Missouri Fox Trotter - Bridle Ridge Gaited Horses
Ok, so this url is my 2nd favorite. I like how much more lean he is, but I'm not so into his color. Conformation wise, I want offspring to have a smaller head then my mare. This guy is a bit taller then my liking, but then again since my mare isn't the tallest I think they would average out nicely. I love his conformation, but my biggest question mark on him is his color. I'm not a fan of the black based color. I'm more of a bay, sorrel, chocolate, person.
And last but not least, here is my mare. Forgive the fluffy coat and hay belly in some of the photos. She is super calm, has great energy, and is so smooth its unbelievable. But she can't seem to canter and this worries me. I love her to death, and think she would make an amazing baby. She isn't registered, but I am thinking of registering her (if the breeder ever returns my contact). She is used for trail and has amazing trail capabilities, often outpacing and outworking the proven trail QH's that we ride with. Her stamina, heart, and ability to take on any object put in front of her are phenomenal! She barrels through obstacles like a piece of cake, she is the best trail horse I have ever owned, hands down.
The 3rd photo was the day I brought her home, so she looks kinda crappy as she was left in a pasture and almost never touched. Since these photos were taken, I have had her hooves trimmed and started riding again. (The ice here was so bad we had to coat the pens with kitty litter for traction :/)
In the last photo, ignore me. I put that one up so you could see what color she is when she doesn't resemble a wooly mammoth lol
I can take more photos today if it would help.