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What one of my mares would be best???

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  • Mare most suitable for breeding

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    01-22-2012, 01:31 PM
  #21
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
P.S. They both look in need of hoof care.
Yes, this. Their toes are way too long and it looks as though it's been months and months since they were shod. This is just asking for soundness issues. Are you fairly new to horses, OP?

Neither mare is breeding quality, although the palomino is cute. You'll be much happier (and financially better off) buying a weanling.
     
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    01-22-2012, 01:37 PM
  #22
Green Broke
This is a bit different because of the breeds involved but
The one thing I might say with breeding your own depending on what kind of horse you want. I bred my average mare at about 1500.00 for Vet and fees when all cost were said and done.

I got a very nice baby that would have cost me 10K or more as a yearling to buy. I got the experience of rearing a baby, bonding and know her upbringing. I would not have spent 10K to go buy one.

Now I would not purchased one of the feedlot babies at 125.00 as it is not what I want but if looking for an all around horse they would be very suitable.
     
    01-22-2012, 01:43 PM
  #23
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Unless I'm mistaken, those are Mustangs, not feedlot babies. If you know how to judge quality horseflesh, you can find a real diamond in the rough there. Most Mustangs are perfectly mediocre horses, but some are superb.

     
    01-22-2012, 01:50 PM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
Yes, this. Their toes are way too long and it looks as though it's been months and months since they were shod. This is just asking for soundness issues. Are you fairly new to horses, OP?

Neither mare is breeding quality, although the palomino is cute. You'll be much happier (and financially better off) buying a weanling.
These pictures are from 2 weeks ago, we got there feet done the day after the pictures were taken. There feet are very long in those pictures, I agree, but they are good as new now.
     
    01-22-2012, 01:57 PM
  #25
Showing
Yes, feet are too long on both and although they are "cute" mares, being "cute" doesn't make them breeding quality.

You can go to pretty much any auction in the US right now and pick up a weanling that has more potential and better conformation than either of your mares (plus papers to a well-known and recognized registry) for a pittance. There are registered weanlings being given away for free in my area, all I would have to do would be to go pick them up.

BUT, that makes me think. Do you have the knowledge and experience to train a foal/weanling?

They aren't puppy dogs that you can train with luv and end up with a perfect, willing partner. They are obnoxious, unruly, frustrating, and testing. It takes more talent and patience to train a foal than it does to train an adult horse.

How much experience do you have with training horses in general?

If you don't have much, do you plan to get a trainer to help you with the foal?

Do you have the finances available for the added cost with the vet and farrier for another horse? Not to mention the added feed cost?

If you did breed one of your mares (which it sounds like you are already dead set on, regardless of what anyone says), are you prepared for the very real possibility that you could lose the mare, the foal, or both to complications during pregnancy/birth?

Are you really willing to risk the health and life of one of your beloved mares just because you want a kyoot babby?

Are you prepared to spend thousands in vet bills if something goes wrong?

What about if the foal is born with a mental or physical handicap/deformity? What will you do then?

For a responsible horse owner, there is a lot more to consider than just "I want a cute baby, I will breed one of my mares because they have a uterus" before the decision is made to bring a new life into the world.
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    01-22-2012, 02:08 PM
  #26
Yearling
I was considering breeding my mare this year, she is World Champion sired, pointed in APHA breed shows, leading our open local show in Halter and 19 and over classes, and is as kind and gentle as anyone could want.

Then I found a yearling sorrel and white tobiano filly, possibly homozygous, registered with nice bloodlines and very cute. For $200.00. Put down the deposit yesterday, pick her up after the brand inspection this week.

Everyone is right. The market has collapsed for horses, and they are out there for a pittance. I bought my new filly for less than I would have spent on the pre-breeding vet exam! And Whiskey, my wonderful talented mare, gets to keep on showing with no health risks. Win, Win!
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    01-22-2012, 02:13 PM
  #27
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Originally Posted by Horseygirlsmith    
Cute where are they?
These foals are mustangs. There are definitely some diamonds in the rough to be found among them. Do some research if you think you might be interested in a mustang. The Bureau of Land Management is in charge of the management of these horses. You can adopt one for $125
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    01-22-2012, 02:30 PM
  #28
Foal
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
If I had to pick one. I would choose Sirus.The POA does not look appealing at all. By your description I was expecting the POA to look like a fancy pony. You didn't say how big Sirus is but she looks small.
Those pictures aren't showing them in action when they are looking nice.The POA is very popular at the shows she goes to and is a very flashy mount. These photos were just taken with my phone in the middle of winter and are not the best pictures, she doesn't look very nice in that picture she has her long winter coat on and her feet are not trimmed (we had her feet done the day after that picture). I will try to get some better pictures, like I said everyone loves these horses and I don't see what everyone is so upset about. I am not sure I will breed one of them, I was just wondering what kind of horse would be best to breed them to if I was going to breed them.
     
    01-22-2012, 02:49 PM
  #29
Showing
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
Unless I'm mistaken, those are Mustangs, not feedlot babies. If you know how to judge quality horseflesh, you can find a real diamond in the rough there. Most Mustangs are perfectly mediocre horses, but some are superb.
Oh, and just because I want you to be even more jealous.....

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    01-22-2012, 03:14 PM
  #30
Yearling
No one is upset, horseygirl, we are just giving you an opinion - that you asked for. You asked which one to breed, and the reasons of why you SHOULD NOT breed EITHER mare were given. Let me recap:

1. Neither mare quality, registered animals. (should be answer enough right there).
2. Neither mare capable of giving you the foal you want (ditto).
3. For the foal you want, there are many, many available babies available for less than a breeding exam.

If you chose to risk your mare's life for a foal that has an uncertain future, that's your business. Just don't expect anyone here to agree with that choice. And don't take offense to the critiques of your mares - you clearly love them, and they are doing well for you, they just aren't suitable for what you want to get in a foal.
     

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