Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Buckinghamshire, UK
You knowledgable lot...
I need your brains for a bit.
No not a Halloween pun (happy belated Halloween by the way) but I'm serious.
As most of you know I have Haruko back, she's improving everyday and actually has somewhat a normal back and she's getting stronger and stronger.
I've always wanted to breed from her.
Every since she was officially mine, her bloodlines are amazing, nothing in her lines but pure. Not line-bred which is rare for the common Welsh (she's hardly common though).
Basically what I'm getting at is, I need some advice as too what to do.
I've heard with surrogates they take a lot from the surrogate mare, I don't want that.
I want a foal that's all Haruko, not some mare I don't know.
Is it safe to breed her, I want everything to go as natural as possible, which means no AI if possible.
All the mares I've known to have AI has absorbed the foal, I don't want to spend thousands just for her to lose it.
She's 15, some people tell me that's too old to foal but then a friend who worked at a well known stud up the road said she should be fine.
Her conformation is amazing, her lines have nothing but success in the showing world and she's got an amazing temperament.
The foal would be with me for life, but I'm not breeding for an all rounder, I want to breed for a jumping pony/horse.
Now, this is where I'm stuck. The good showjumpers are either 14.2hh or 16.2hh.
She's 12.1hh, she's also a good show jumper (we have a few issues in the ring but that's down to training)
She wasn't back until she was 11, which lead to a few problems in the bucking department. For the simple fact everytime the previous owner got on her she'd come off then put her back out in the field, thus she got away with it.
Sounds like a sham right?
But, I just thought I'd ask your opinion on it since you guys know a lot more than me.
A hell of a lot more.