Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
Every Broodmare on the farm is well broke, and proven as a good reliable saddle horse. They also all are papered, with great bloodlines and conformation.
The only exception in my mind (to having all saddle broke broodmares) is if the horse suffers a non conformation related injury before being proven, and has the build, mind and breeding to contribute to an above average foal.
My barn owners primary broodmare competed in endurance while carrying two of her foals, as late as september, then foaled healthy babies in the spring. The last one she did mountain riding 8+ hour days in the mountains into october. All the broodmares are ridden throughout the pregnancy, only lightly for the last three months, but like any other horse before that.