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        11-22-2009, 10:02 PM
      #11
    Foal
    It wasn't my idea to breed her.. it was my grandfather who owns her. And I HIGHLY disagree with Kevins First Statment.
         
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        11-22-2009, 10:05 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I agree with all of the above posts, plus will add this.... the first 2 studs pics are frame overo's.

    I certainly would be asking for their LWO test results so should you go ahead with this, which I hope you do not, so the baby won't suffer
         
        11-22-2009, 10:06 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Why have horses if your not going to atleast just enjoy them? We had a horse that had a pinched nerve, he would book it the secound you swung your leg over his back. Almost killed 5 people. Best horse ever on the ground. Good looks too. He lived in the feild for 7 or 8 years, then he broke his leg. We had to shoot him. My barn, dosn't throw away animals just like that.
         
        11-22-2009, 10:09 PM
      #14
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Hunter    
    It wasn't my idea to breed her.. it was my grandfather who owns her. And I HIGHLY disagree with Kevins First Statment.
    Both my horses came from bad situations. I don't think meat plant is a good end for any horse.

    Perhaps you may want to talk to your granddad in nice way and explain him why it's not a good idea to breed her. Especially if you mention all expenses involved for the proper care of the preggy mare and then foal.
         
        11-22-2009, 10:34 PM
      #15
    Showing
    I agree that there are much better options than breeding a mare that is unregistered and has serious behavioral issues under saddle; which may or may not be passed on to a foal. Not to mention the cost of vet care for mare/foal and the risk of losing one or both during delivery. It would be much more sensible to get a weanling. That way, you can mess with it, look at it, and see how it is bred and how it's temperment is before you ever bring them home. I can understand keeping horses that are unrideable because you just love to be around horses but would you really want to put all the work in to raise a foal out of her only to find out that the under saddle disposition was passed down and you ended up with a mare and her offspring that were both unrideable and unsellable due to their behavior? And no one can ever guarantee that they will never sell a horse. I like to think that I will never have to sell mine but you just never know.
         
        11-22-2009, 10:57 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    I feel I need to stress again, that 2 of the studs you are considering are frame overo's.

    If either carry the LWO gene, you won't have a baby to enjoy, and alot of heartbreak
         
        11-22-2009, 11:08 PM
      #17
    Started
    ^^^ it seems like she dosent know what you're talking about, so maybe she needs an explaination...

    As for breeding, I have a mare who got bad training, was broken for gaming. I think they just got on her and ran her around. She's a handful to ride. I thought about breeding her, but after stud fees and vet visits it just wasnt worth it to me (Id also have to keep her with someone who has breeding experience, as I don't.) I bought a weanling for $750 from a local breeder. (He could be a registered half qh, but I didnt care enought to fill out the papers.) If I had picked out a nice qh or paint stallion it would have been at least $1000 + 3-4 vet visits at minimum ($100-300 a visit.) Plus there is always the risk that something can go wrong, as she is a maiden mare.
         
        11-22-2009, 11:31 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    >>>> Plus there is always the risk that something can go wrong, as she is a maiden mare.

    There is ALWAYS a risk when breeding, regardless of being a maiden mare. Neither of the two mares I have lost due to foaling complications were maidens-- one had raised one foal, the other had raised 2 for me and at least 2 for her previous owner.
         
        11-22-2009, 11:49 PM
      #19
    Showing
    Wow, sillybunny. I want to come where you are to sell my horse . Down here, I could get a registered weanling with pretty good confo and decent (not great but decent) papers for less than $100.
         
        11-23-2009, 12:41 AM
      #20
    Started
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    Originally Posted by qtrhrsecrazy    
    I feel I need to stress again, that 2 of the studs you are considering are frame overo's.

    If either carry the LWO gene, you won't have a baby to enjoy, and alot of heartbreak

    If they are frames, then they ARE LWO, as it is the SAME gene. I can't see the photos (most are blocked at work) but if qtrhrsecrazy is right and the boys are frames, you MUST test your mare before breeding her to them, unless you enjoy running a risk of the foal being born alive and suffering/dying in it's first day of life. There is NO CURE or treatment for a homozygous frame.

    Oh, and frame isn't always visible, so your mare could be solid and be positive. I also agree she needs to be tested for HERDA and HYPP since you have no info on her.
         

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