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    03-27-2011, 01:21 AM
Thoughts on breeding and Thank-you Horse Forum!!

I've worked around horses for about 9 years now. Started out just spending time with the horses in the the field next to me. Then started working with them, training the foals and looking after the pregnant mares for their owner. Just last spring I finally got my own mare - an 18 (now 19) year old QH.

When I first started working with the horses and especially the adorable foals I always wanted one of my own! I always thought that if I ever got my own mare I would breed her and get a foal. My reasons for wanting a foal I guess were summed up in that I thought they were adorable and I wanted to raise and train my very own foal. I didn't take into account the idea of conformation of the mare, age, suitable stallions, possible high vet costs, foaling facilities, etc. Granted I was between the age of 9 and 13.

I knew I wanted a future with horses so I started studying like crazy all about them, joined this forum and have been learning tons ever since. After reading several threads and doing my own research I came to the conclusion that it would not be fair to just breed any mare for a kyoot foal!

I have a mare now, but I would not consider breeding her as she would be a 19 year old maiden mare, is technically grade (papers lost) and I do not have the kind of money for the possible emergency vet bills and proper foaling facilities etc.

But I will not give up my dream of having my own foal some day!! I'm just going to be smart about it. I will wait till I have the money, time and facilities, money for a trainer for the foal if I am not competent enough by that time, and either have a mare that is registered and real breeding quality and breed her to an equally worthy stallion that compliments her, or I will buy a young mare (no older than 8) that is already in foal (again most likely registered and good confo) and do things that way. I also would probably want the mare to be broke as I would likely only have that one foal out of her.

So I just want to say a big thank-you to everyone that has started threads or posted on them advice about breeding! It has certainly changed my outlook on this issue!
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    03-27-2011, 02:00 AM
Green Broke
Great post!

I know a lot of us can come across as quite rude, I think it just GREATLY disturbs me how 95% of the people breeding crap foals are ALSO 100% against horse slaughter. Not that it makes it ok to breed crap foals if you ARE ok with slaughter, but to be that willfully ignorant as to actually and honestly believe YOUR foal could ever end up in such a place just astounds me.

It's nice to know that some people DO see what's going on, and end up wanting a lot more then just another kyoot baby!

Huge kudos to you for taking the time to learn and knowing that you want a CUTE baby with the pedigree of champions to back it up!
    03-27-2011, 02:05 AM
Thank-you! Before I joined this forum I really didn't take into account the whole idea of being able to sell the foal if necessary and actually get a good price for it so that it would go to a good home and not to slaughter. I would feel horrible knowing what I know now and breeding some mediocre horse for a foal that may end up in the kill pen.
    03-27-2011, 02:12 AM
Green Broke
The woman I bought Jynx from has zero issue shipping horses for slaughter. It's quite depressing, as she's perfectly aware where her stock MAY end up and figures it still means money in her pocket if nobody buys them.

As one of her few unregistered foals, I have no doubts Jynx would have eventually ended up at the same place being as spoiled and prone to lashing out as she was when I got her. It really makes you think twice when you grow to love a horse so much and imagine they could just as easily be dead now if you hadn't come along.

I'm not against slaughter, but I certainly am not happy about it. I understand it's an evil necessity, one that could likely be eliminated if we DID stop backyard breeding and put a cap on racehorse production!

Someone on the forum once actually said "one more foal won't hurt" and I just wanted to smash my head on my keyboard at such total ignorance!
    03-27-2011, 02:16 AM
Someone on the forum once actually said "one more foal won't hurt" and I just wanted to smash my head on my keyboard at such total ignorance!

Oh, that's terrible! If everyone said that, there would be a ton of foals around!

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