Originally Posted by SallyRC123
I would love to breed my mare, she's a registered Quarter Horse and will be 5 this year.
I don't know very much about breeding horses, so any info anyone has would be great.
Where would I start? How does the stud process work? How would I choose a stallion? Can you ride your mare while she is pregnant? Would she be able to stay in the group paddock she is currently in? What is the pregnancy period for a mare?
How old are you? If you are young, you really need to talk to your parents about this, as you cannot legally enter into a breeding contract on your own.
I would also study up on conformation, health risks to your mare, foal complications, and general breeding practices. Some books and web sites that are good:
Breeding & Foaling
Http://www.amazon.com/Your-First-Foal-Breeding-Beginners/dp/3861279185/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243514785&sr=1-11 CR - BREEDING INFO The Horse: Fact Sheets The Horse: Preparing for Foaling https://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=13555 The Horse: Know the Stages of Foaling Mare Labor The Horse: Impending Arrival The Horse: Researchers: Mare's Condition Appears to Impact Sex of Foal The Horse: AAEP 2003: Preparation of the Mare for Normal Foaling
Http://www.amazon.com/Birth-Backing-Complete-Handling-Young/dp/0715312847/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243515752&sr=1-1 - I have this one, it's very good. Robert Miller - Early Learning :: Downunder Horsemanship Handling Foals Weanlings and Yearlings :: Downunder Horsemanship The Horse: Managing Foal Rejection and Maternal Behavior
LOTS of great articles here: Horse Breeding and Equine Reproduction Horse Breeding, Foal Care and Mare Pregnancy Information The Horse: Breeding/Reproduction | Mare Care and Problems