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post #1 of 7 Old 04-26-2013, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question what age to breed my mare at?

I am planing to breed my miniature filly ( shes 3 right now) and i am wondering what age would be the best to do it? i was thinking around 4, i have heard some people say that 2-3 is best, and others say that 4 is to young???
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-26-2013, 01:53 PM
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I would just like to start by saying that breeding is a touchy subject here...

So why do you want to breed your mini? In this economy minis aren't worth much and lots end up in the slaughter pens. So why don't you save the risk to your mare, and the stud fees and go buy another one if you want more.
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What would be your plans for a foal? Also, without prior experience, it would be better to purchase a foal already on the ground. Minis are notorious for pregnancy problems and labor difficulties. Lots of money would need to be ready for vet bills if anything arises and there is still a chance that mare and/or foal might be lost.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-26-2013, 04:42 PM
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Welcome to the forum, gypsygirl525.

As others have said, most suggest not breeding Minis at all right now, since there are literally thousands, needing homes. Many are being sold in public kill-buyer auctions and fetching $2 each. Yes, you read that correctly. Well bred Minis with some championships under their belts are also not finding homes.

Who is your Mini? What is her pedigree? Is she registered? Is she as close to conformationally perfect as one could desire? What are her faults? Have you evaluated her faults honestly? Would you be willing to share pictures of her here and maybe the stallions you have in mind?

Are you absolutely and thoroughly aquainted with Minis and their known problems when giving birth? If not you should be. Several extremely well known and knowledgeable breeders last year, lost both mare and foal, during foaling. Breeding Minis is not for the faint of heart.

Certainly a Mini could be bred at three years old. The questions is, should she be bred at all? If you are in the US, then I'd suggest not breeding. There are many superb Minis available at reasonable prices.

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-30-2013, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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I am not totally acquainted with the ups and downs of mini breeding, but am in the process of research! i would like to bread my mini for sale, as i have two friends that are interested to buy her, and if i could not sell the foal then i would keep it. my mares registered name is Mini Hills Solaz, her pedigree has world champions;
grandsire: Blue Chips Orion Acclaim To Fame
her sire is: Little Kings Orion A Claim To Fame
granddam: Little Kings Grey Dawn

grandsire: Pharis little louie
Her Dam is: Elk Hills Ruby
Granddam: Elk Hills First Jewel

all of them are either parentage qualified or DNA tested

i have had a certified judge say that she has amazing conformation and bite. the picture is from when she was 1
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Can't really tell anything of her conformation, from the pic. She is obviously far from in show condition, but a cute and pretty girl. Have you pics of her in condition? I know her sire very well. A pretty boy, although doesn't have the exotic head piece breeders are breeding for these days. I don't know her dam at all.

I presume the judge who said she had amazing conformation and bite, was when you showed her. Never heard anyone saying a horse had 'an amazing bite' though. Very odd.

Why would you feel it necessary to breed a mare to sell her? Why not let the buyers decide that and whom to breed her to, if they desire?

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Mini breeding is a challenge, live cover is required. Make sure the stud is under height and be ready for delivery drama. Mini's are prone to delivery problems associated with head size and foal size and red bag deliveries. I know a few who breed well known minis and they have an intense monitoring system for foaling, ie camera monitors and sew in tabs and there are cases when the foals are born without the alarms going off. They come out to a often dead foal in the morning.

Its not my place to say you should or should not breed but is your friends desire to have a little horse worth your mare dying? As others have said there are tons of mini's out there.
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