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post #1 of 4 Old 07-08-2012, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
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who would be a good match for my pony??

I own a 13,3-14h fell, mare, named midnight. When middy was about 5 she was abandoned and tied to a tree in Manchester. She was found by the police and given to a woman who rehabilitates horses, as she showed signs of neglect and was very thin. After a while she got very fat very fast and they discovered she was pregnant, she gave birth to a coloured colt at 16.1. Middy had one owner before me. She is a lovely pony and is so friendly to people and horses. She is estimated to be around 16 years old and she can still jump 3ft 3 and competes in pony club 2ft 6-2ft 9. I am considering breeding her as she has such a good nature and would be a wonderful mother. I was wondering what size stallion I should consider for her, and what breed. And also how much work I can do with her while she is in foal as she loves hacks and jumping????? :)

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-08-2012, 01:47 PM
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Why do you think your mare should be bred? Since you do not know her true background, she might not be a Fell pony and just a crossbred. Since her previous foal was coloured, I'd bet she might even be some type of Gypsy cross that the owner couldn't feed/sell etc. This borne out by the fact she loves to jump. Gypsies all seem to love to jump.

I'm quite sure she is a lovely pony, but being able to jump and being friendly, is absolutely no reason to breed her. Just this year, I have heard of many, losing their mares and often the mare and baby, during foaling. And all of these were people who were very experienced breeders. I'm tending to feel by your post, that you are not experienced and may be very young.

If you are bent on breeding, what breed of stallion are you considering? What facilities have you for foaling? Have you the money to seek out and pay for, a top quality stud? Have you the money to pay vet fees, should your pony run into trouble, during foaling? What would be your plans for the foal? If a colt, have you suitable facilities to house him separately from his dam, once weaned?

As in many other countries, there is a huge, over abundance of horses in the UK. Many end up on someone's dinner plate in France or - as in the case of your pony, abandoned. It seems to me, she has had a difficult background already. Why risk losing her, since you seem to really love her? Just know, that while she is everything you have noted, her foal might turn out to be nothing like her in looks or temperament. And why add to the population? Responsible breeders are cutting back the number of foals they breed these days. The current economy has not been kind to the horse industry.

Have you pictures of your girl? We love to see pics here.

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thank you. i will do lots of reserch and consult my vet, it is obvious from what you have said that i need alot more knolage before i do anything, thanks.
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thank you. i will do lots of reserch and consult my vet, it is obvious from what you have said that i need alot more knolage before i do anything, thanks.

So glad to hear you say this. Many come on forums such as this and ask about breeding their horses, but then become upset when advice is given. Who knows, maybe one day you will become a breeder, when you have all the knowledge, funds etc., to be able to do it properly.

For the time being, we'd love to see pictures of your treasured girl.

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