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    12-25-2011, 12:06 AM
Question Thinking about breeding my mare??input please

Hi, our farm raises quarter horses and I bought a haflingher quarter horse cross lets just say I love everything bout her lol. I was thinking about breeding her. I know a ton about foals and have raised, traied, and been around them all my life. And I will keep the foal no matter whatbsobit stay in a good home. Any input? Myare is verrry stock so should I breed her to our stocky stud or to our neighbors slimmer stud?also I wiuld like for a colored colt and our neighbors stud is buckskin and is 100% color producer as of right now.
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    12-25-2011, 12:23 AM
Green Broke
I think you will find many are against breeding grade horses in this current horse market. There are so many out there that are going for cheap you could buy what you want for way less than you could breed and raise one. I also know you say you are going to keep it, but unfortunately there are not guarantees in life. It was just a few short years ago I had to let go of a couple of mine due to a layoff and it was a matter of selling some so I could buy hay for the others. Another thing to consider is the fact that any time you breed a mare you put her at risk. Problems can occur during the pregnancy. Just a few things to keep in mind.

As to which stud to use if you are determined to breed no matter what - well the only way anyone would be able to give any true feed back are by good conformation shots of the mare and both studs in question. This means squared up and pictures from the side, front and back.

I would also assume with all your equine knowledge from those equine science degree you would know that that buckskin colt would only have a 50% chance of passing on the creme gene no matter what the previous offspring have been.
    12-25-2011, 12:29 AM
Didnt go for color genetics lol. Ill try to get pis of the other stud 2marro and upload and try to get some good ones of my mare also. Bc I do love her to death and don't want anything to go wrong but its a low chance.somethig will go wrong but she could be that low chance
    12-25-2011, 01:30 AM
    12-25-2011, 03:20 AM
Sounds to me like you're breeding for all the wrong reasons. Just because you like her doesn't mean she should be bred. Also, breeding for color should be last on the list. Like the last person said, things happen and life changes. You may not be able to keep the foal forever. You want to give it the best chance at life.

The first thing should be conformation. You should post up well taken front, back, and side shots of the mare and both stallions. You should also consider genetic diseases. If you don't know their lines, it's a good idea to get them tested. Are any of them registered?

I would definitely reconsider making more grade horses as even the really nice registered horses aren't selling for much currently.
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    12-25-2011, 01:04 PM
No I woulf like to get a foal out of her bc she is a proven bsrrel mare and also her conformation is good. Im not to worried about the color but I would like to try for color.
    12-25-2011, 01:25 PM
Read the 40+ pages below about horse slaughter and too many horses being bred that makes slaughter necessary.
I am pro slaughter because there is nothing else to do with excess horses, but breeding your mare because you like her is just adding to the excess.
She is a proven barrel mare? So what? That does not make it guaranteed your foal a barrel horse. Do you know how many thoroughbred race horses are bred after having fantastic careers and their foals are DUDS???.
She is a mixed breed horse and you are breeding her to a stud to produce a barrel horse...with hopfully color....... Your mares genetics that you like might not even show up in the foal.
    12-25-2011, 01:37 PM
Green Broke
I'm curious since you bring up the fact she is a proven barrel mare. What exactly do you mean by proven? Does she do well at the local levels or has she shown successfully at higher events? What division does she qualify for?

Has either stallion you have looked at completed barrels before or produced offspring that compete seriously in barrels? If you want to breed the mare because she is a successful high-level barrel mare you are going to want to find a stallion that can compliment that and that might require looking outside the two stallions you have on hand and investing on a breeding from an outside stallion.
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    12-25-2011, 02:28 PM
Im probably going to get shot down now, but I would say go for it!
I couldn't get the photo link to work :( but consider your mares weaknesses in her confo and choose a stallion which is likely to improve these faults. Also consider the stallions temperment. From what I can tell, temperment is inherited not just learned. Think about what confo will make a good horse for whatever disipline yoiu plan to train in. Ask someone experienced and not connected to the stallions to help you decide which one to choose.

Most important, get a good, no brilliant, vet to help you and read up about every little detail about the covering, gestation, birth and post birth care to give you and your mare the best chance of getting through to the otherside!

And PLEASE make sure you are close to hand at birthing. Alli's dam lost her 3rd foal because her owners couldn't be bothered to do foal watch. The umbilical cord strangled the foal after birth. Totally avoidable if the owners had been responsible. Stupid farmers- horses are more complicated than cattle or sheep! Haha

Good luck!
    12-25-2011, 04:31 PM
Yes we compete seriously all over thebunited states and she places in the 1division and 2division. My neighbors stud is a seriously competeor too. We have monitors so we can watch the barn at all times even on my cell phone.
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