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    08-11-2013, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by usandpets    
Don't forget that we need pictures if you get her. Hope it works out for you. She sounds nice.
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I promise pictures of her if we get this settled
     
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    08-11-2013, 04:11 PM
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What if the mare died during giving birth. Then you wouldn't have much of nothing. Why not have a contract and buy it after the foal is born? You probably wouldn't be doing much with it this year anyway.
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    08-11-2013, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by dbarabians    
most mares have no issues foaling and foals do not take that much time until they are trained under saddle. Most training sessions with a foal should be short 15-30 minutes . Their attention span is not very long.
If you want the mare and the foal is that well bred why not buy the mare and sell the foal as a weanling?
The market is improving in the horse industry and a good foal at a reasonable price that is marketed as such should find a good home. I have never had a problem selling a good horse.
Good luck . Shalom
I see so many foals that are not handled and not fed and wormed properly. Good care can make a big difference in what a halter foal will look like and it would be harder for a no name person to sell than the breeder.
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    08-11-2013, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
What if the mare died during giving birth. Then you wouldn't have much of nothing. Why not have a contract and buy it after the foal is born? You probably wouldn't be doing much with it this year anyway.
Horses die all the time unfortunately, and I am a big believer insurance anyway.
     
    08-11-2013, 05:43 PM
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I think you have all things sorted on the 'what ifs' and the new home for the foal once weaned. The current owner buying it back is a good idea - but you should keep a record of all your costs to that date unless you don't mind being out of pocket
You also need to consider that she might eventually not want the foal for some reason so you need to factor in the cost of keeping it until you can sell and having a place for it to live as an independent horse once its weaned
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    08-11-2013, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
I see so many foals that are not handled and not fed and wormed properly. Good care can make a big difference in what a halter foal will look like and it would be harder for a no name person to sell than the breeder.
If you have a good prospect and offer him at a good price and market him properly someone will buy it.
I do not handle my foals much just once a day if they will allow me to approach them. Once they do then I get a halter on them and start teaching them to lead. Never before 4-5 months though. Since I do not wean until around 8+ months and the vet comes out to give them their first shots at 4-6 months I allow them to be foals there is no hurry . Shalom
     

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