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post #11 of 22 Old 11-24-2009, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advice. I will look into it and see. I understand I mustn't wait too long.

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she is very cute!

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Awww. Thanks alot! I love her to bits! When I was taking these photo's all she wanted to do was follow me...

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But to be really technical it's also not correct to use 14.3hh, it's 14 3hh. Because we don't measure it points of an inch.
When reading hands the point is not read as fractional inches (or as a point).

It is commonly written 14.3h for 14 hands 3 inches. It is not incorrect with the point in there.

14.5h is incorrect though. If the OP meant to post 14 hands 2 inches (so half a hand) it would be 14.2h.
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I am going to go against the grain here...
I have been advised by vets in my area that breeding a maiden mare over the age of 10 is not a good thing to do.
Usually, mares that have had a competitive career in their lives are much more prone to endometriotis, especially older ones, this means that she will have a difficult time catching, and the foal may be at risk during pregnancy. Treating endometriosis during pregnancy is also costly.
Also, older mares whos bodies have not carried a foal before are not used to it, and it can be hard for them to adapt. Just think of people (Sarah Palin comes to mind). Women over 40, regardless of previous child-bearing history, are advised against getting pregnant because it can be very detrimental to the child.
I would also advise you to read the "Breeding Gone Wrong" thread. Especially because your mare is older, if there is a problem during birth she may not make it.

Please think about your decision! If you do not have a lot of money to spare then you may not be ready to breed. In my experience it can cost well over $10,000 just to get a mare pregnant.

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I am going to go against the grain here...
I have been advised by vets in my area that breeding a maiden mare over the age of 10 is not a good thing to do.
Usually, mares that have had a competitive career in their lives are much more prone to endometriotis, especially older ones, this means that she will have a difficult time catching, and the foal may be at risk during pregnancy. Treating endometriosis during pregnancy is also costly.
Also, older mares whos bodies have not carried a foal before are not used to it, and it can be hard for them to adapt. Just think of people (Sarah Palin comes to mind). Women over 40, regardless of previous child-bearing history, are advised against getting pregnant because it can be very detrimental to the child.
I would also advise you to read the "Breeding Gone Wrong" thread. Especially because your mare is older, if there is a problem during birth she may not make it.

Please think about your decision! If you do not have a lot of money to spare then you may not be ready to breed. In my experience it can cost well over $10,000 just to get a mare pregnant.

Good luck!
she's not a maiden.

I don't personally care to breed a mare that old. In my eyes, if they lived a long life working, then they deserve to just retire. Not retire from working, and THEN have to have a baby. My broodmare only raced til the age of 8 aprrox. We have bred her 2 times, gave her a year off, and then bred her once more of which she is in foal right now. This will be her last. She has payed her dues many times over to us. So now, we let her be a pet and enjoy life. But everyone is different. Its your choice
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Not totally on-topic, but gotta ask, was is a "Nooitgedacht"? I know I know I could just google it, but thought it would be more interesting to hear about them from someone who has first hand knowledge and experience!

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When reading hands the point is not read as fractional inches (or as a point).

It is commonly written 14.3h for 14 hands 3 inches. It is not incorrect with the point in there.

14.5h is incorrect though. If the OP meant to post 14 hands 2 inches (so half a hand) it would be 14.2h.

Just because it is commone does not make it correct. This is my opinion and does not have to be yours. But I don't measure in points and therefor will not use the point. 14 hands and 2 inches is written 14 2hh as far as I am concerned.

It's common for people to cheat, does not make it right though.
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post #19 of 22 Old 11-25-2009, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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I'll see what I'm going to do about breeding her. I was just told by someone the one day I should consider breeding her when I went to a show, and that just got me thinking. I will get her checked thoroughly by a vet and see what he thinks would be the best thing to do.

I have also thought about the money issue as well, and if I do decide to breed her I will save up my money for the breeding fee. In my area there are people who don't charge much.

I'm not all too clear on the Nooitgedacht breed, even though Stoeka has some in her. I know it is a South African breed, and there are many places that breed them. They are very good all round horses as I've heard.

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no I wouldnt breed from her at that age. Too many things can go wrong in an older mare and especially a first foal. It will take too much out of her. But she does look good for her age, and I love her ears!
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