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post #11 of 17 Old 02-16-2013, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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( Off topic, another thing that'd contribute to my wish was her love for foals. She's always gotten extremely worked up over babies , especially foals, of any any kind. I'd and to her her rareness in bloodlines, according her mothers last owner, Love is one of the only she'd known her to have foaled, though there may have been one other at the ranch, and her stud is also dead now, I believe.) Her injury is not genetic at all btw, as I stated, she got cast her stall. Probably from rolling to close to the wall.

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post #12 of 17 Old 02-16-2013, 07:13 PM
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I agree that there's many horses with better bloodlines, there always will be. Though that's not really what justifies other horses bloodlines as not worthy breeding, I think. Also, I wouldn't consider it if she wasn't so healthy and fulll of vigor in her age. It's unlikely that she'd die from the pregnancy, it might just make it harder for her get back up or down, so it'd be uncomfortable for her. She actually had done some competing, but her owner wasn't exactly the type to bring out her ability. Though she has placed a few times in poles, and reining with myself when I was a bit younger. I'd decided that her limited canter, and her stiffness issues were good grounds to retire her to pleasure.

I'd say a lot of broodmares with successful foals have never actually won many competitions themselves. Personally, I just felt that her injury was a shame because it would never let her do the thing she was best at, and most enjoyed, competing. I feel like a good stud could bring a foal with her ability out. I've never gotten to train a horse up from anything but green, so it'd be a new challenge for me. That's my main goal with it. However, I agree with most of what you guys have said, and appreciate the imput.

(I really haven't got any of her good conformation pictures on this computer, otherwise I'd post some. But she's always been noted for being almost exactly built like the aqha qh logo, although she's shorter in the back and neck.) Thanks for your imput, I think I may not breed her, though if I could implant her eggs that'd be another thing. Oh well, I'll take it from here.
I don't want you to be discouraged from asking questions here so thank you for asking opinions before just going ahead with the breeding itself. That being said, i'm with everyone else that given her age and soundness problem I wouldn't personally breed her (again, my preference and certainly not me telling you what to do). There's plenty of youngstock out there right now already on the ground safely that need training. Why not learn with one of them?

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Would it be a shame to not breed her? No.
Would it be a crime to breed her? No.
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Thanks, PonyPainter. Don't worry, I'm fully aware that when it comes to asking opinions on horses, things may get a bit heated..xD. I'd be looking into buying another horse when I move somewhere else. Right now, there aren't many babies on the ground worth putting time into around here, at least not in my price range. A lot of people here breed only for color, so it's harder to find well bred youngin's, especially ones not started waaaaaay too early, by the time their put up for sale, their already swaybacked.
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I would not breed this mare because she has had soundness issues that could not be pinpointed.

I can see someone wanting to breed for a foal to continue a bloodline, temperament, or for some sort of sentimental attachment to the mare/bloodline... but I really cant see any way to justify breeding a horse with soundness issues.... especially when you dont know why/how they originated.
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I would elect not to breed.

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Her breeding, while nice enough, isn't rare, nor is it spectacular. If she was under 10, then I would consider it a bit more, but at 22 and having not had foals in recent years, I wouldn't dare risk it.

It's along the same lines of a woman having a child in her late 40s or early 50s. Sure, it can happen, but the risk of complication for both mother and child increase exponentially.

She may be a really nice mare, but no, it wouldn't be a shame to skip breeding her.
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