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post #1 of 18 Old 03-14-2012, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question Should I Breed my QH Mare?

I have a purebred ten year old Quarter Horse mare. She has very good bloodlines. I am only a teen though, but I have a very good and experienced riding teacher and mom. I would like to breed her because she has a very good confirmation and is good at most things I do with her but she was never fully trained. I would like to have my riding teacher train the foal for showing, but I thought I'd see what others thought before I breed her.
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-14-2012, 05:52 PM
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Focus on your mare and her training. Babies are expensive and you have no idea where you will go and if you can care for your horses when you are on your own. There are also a lot of babies on the market right now for less money than you would spend on stud, mare care, vet bills, and raising a baby to weaning. I would suggest that you not breed just for fun when you are still so young.
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post #3 of 18 Old 03-14-2012, 06:20 PM
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If you start your thread with "should I" then the answer is always NO! If you even have ANY doubt in your mind about it then the answer is no.
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post #4 of 18 Old 03-14-2012, 06:37 PM
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I have to agree. starting off with "should i" always ends in no because you should know your mares value :) What is she bred for and her bloodlines? What are the plans for the foal other than just having him at the trainers? Do you ride western, eng, ....?
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Here's a questions to ask yourself, do I have the means to support the foal if something were to happen to my mom, does my mom support the idea of another horse to feed, what do I plan to do with the foal, do I have the experience or help to raise and train the foal.

In this economy there is no way to recoup the money you put in to breeding and feeding a foal, there is no profit in breeding right now it a loss.

But breeding your mare is your and your parents decision. Most people on this forum will tell you NO not a good idea if you looking for something in particular buy it don't try to bred it. Just because your mare and the stallion you choose has great bloodlines and conformation doesn't mean that you will get them from the foal there is no guarantees the foal will come out to be what you wanted or expected.
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post #6 of 18 Old 03-14-2012, 06:46 PM
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you have a 10yo mare you havent trained. How long have you had her ? If you cant handle and train a 10 yo I suspect you will do the same to the foal. Now you will have two untrained horses.
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post #7 of 18 Old 03-14-2012, 07:25 PM
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Im going to say it again Breeding right now would be no too many out there and in your situation you would have to raise the foal before anything can really be done thats like 2 years before really getting into any training. And who knows what can happen before that.
QHs are a dime a dozen and right now your better off working on the mare more get her showing then to worry about babies. Babies are cute but they grow up.If you truely love horses then dont add to the unwanted list. JMO
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post #8 of 18 Old 03-14-2012, 11:04 PM
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Cmarie has given you some very sound advice.
Breeding a mare just to get a foal is not a good reason. Breeding for a pupose like a halter prospect or English or western pleasure prospect, barrel horse etc is important.
You also need to consider the cost of breeding and raising the foal. Having the skills and the time to properly train the foal is very important.
Both you and your mare are young enough to realize this dream if you plan properly. Take your time and learn as much as you can before making this decision. Shalom
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post #9 of 18 Old 03-14-2012, 11:06 PM
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Honestly, I read nothing in your post that would justify adding another horse to the current population.
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post #10 of 18 Old 03-15-2012, 05:22 PM
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If i were you i wouldnt. If it is that old and not fully trained why have a foal that you wont train.
Things to think of before breeding. Is this foal going to be worth anything. What has the dam / sire done? Think about foal watch will it mess with your school? Do you have a place for the mare to foal? There are so many more things to think about.
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