04-21-2010, 05:27 AM
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I agree that you shouldn't be breeding from a colt until he is at least 4 - you can see how he is going to turn out and if he's worth breeding from - 95% of colts are NOT stallion quality, and they should have as near to perfect conformation for his type/breed etc.
Plus you won't be over stressing his joints - being a cob they are prone to OCD so over extending is a bad thing, and one kick from the mare in a growing joint will mean he is a pasture pet for life - a mature stallion can take knocks and know how to avoid them - a baby can't.
Covering under 4 can lead to behavioral issues as they are still a baby - I know they do it in the arab world, but it does not mean it is right - they are just in a hurry to get their money back, 3 is the absolute earliest I would breed and only then to a proven broodmare, NEVER a maiden, and 1 or 2 at the most in the first year.
Colts don't breed in the wild until they are 4 or 5, they also have poorer quality semen and poor sperm counts under 4 as they are not physically mature, so can lead to poorer quality foals and poor conception rates - unless you have a sperm count done on him, although most vets would laugh at someone trying to breed from a baby horse and wouldn't endanger themselves!!
Does the cob even remotely compliment your mare conformation wise or is it just one has a uterus and the other nuts??!! What are you aiming to breed? Do you have the facilities to foal a mare, good fencing, what if you loose the mare can you afford the time and heaps of money to hand rear??
Breeding is a very costly way of getting another horse, you need to do heaps of research first. If you decide she is worth breeding from and can be bred from after a breeding examination, along with her swabs for CEM and blood tests for EVA and EIA, you need to think what you want to do with a resultant foal, and pick a suitable stallion that compliments your mares weak points. And do set aside a lot of money - we always tell people to put aside at least £2500 to cover all expenses and you still might not have a foal at the end of the day - that's why people only breed from the best mares/stallions possible so they have a foal that will hold it's value and not add to the horse overpopulation problem.