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post #31 of 36 Old 11-23-2009, 06:14 PM
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I really advise you to look around for a nice weanling or yearling. Breeding just because you can't do anything else with her is really not a good idea. There have been times when I've thought that if I got a mare it would be nice to breed her and I could keep the foal and raise it. But then you also have to remember that if you want a real good foal the mare and stallion need to have good conformation, good temperments and it is good if they have proven themselves. And there is also the risk of losing the mare, the foal or both of them. Would you be prepared for those kind of vet bills and heartache? I know I wouldn't be at the present.

There are weanlings I've found on Kajiji and Craigslist that are $100 - $150! I could easily afford that. And that way you can see the foal before you get it, choose the sex, temperment, color ect. There are just so many horses in the world that need loving homes, I think it is not very responsible to just breed without really thinking it all through and making sure you are bettering the breed.
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post #32 of 36 Old 11-24-2009, 04:17 PM
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I think you guys are kind of beating a dead horse with this one, she hasn't replied since page two... In the end, she or her grandparents will make this decision.
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post #33 of 36 Old 11-25-2009, 05:18 PM
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I think it is the stupidiest thing to say that you saved a horse from the meat factory but know you want to breed her and that the baby might end up in the same situtation. I just hate seeing sooo many horses breed into the world and then end up slaughtered or abused and abandoned. I would seriously think it through
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post #34 of 36 Old 11-25-2009, 05:31 PM
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Wow your grandfather needs a wake up call. Look at how many horses are getting slaughtered and abused all because someone wanted there mare to have a baby etc......The only way I would ever ever breed my mare is if the owner of the stud paid for everything and if someone were to pay big money for the baby. ( which I would'nt see happening)My mare is out of a great bloodline and shes supposeably is the last out of her sire.
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post #35 of 36 Old 11-25-2009, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the comments.
Its not my desion in the end, but my grandfathers.
But I can tell you this, if she did end up being bred we would have her cheaked out to see if she was able to, and the foal, and she would never have to worry about the factory, cause all of the horses we have, goes to eather me, or my cousin who feels the same way as I do about horses.
Rest your hearts about that part. Ill put up a update later to see say if we are or are not.
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post #36 of 36 Old 11-25-2009, 06:33 PM
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I understand it's not your decision. So sad, but I know what you mean, I know a lot of older people who came from times when if it didn't work out they just kept the animal.

Unfortunately we aren't in that type of world anymore and you can say I have tons of money for the rest of my life, but never think that way, I lot of people who are homeless today and out of work thought it would never happen to them.

I would really try to explain to him that you will in the long run end up with the result of this union. Several people have warned you about the many things this horse could possibly have or pass on like hypp, herda, owls, just to name a few. I would test for everyone of those, especially since the reason she may have been dumped is the fact that she was hypp positive. At least test for these diseases so you aren't part of that problem. I mean would you want to be responsible for someone injured or killed because you bred an untested mare resulting in a possible positive foal? Impressive was a VERY virile stallion and has his bloodlines running through paints, appys, QH and probably others we don't even know about.

I myself will not buy a horse that isn't registered or if I don't know the bloodlines anymore. It's just too risky.
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