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    03-23-2012, 02:10 AM
Breeding My Mare

I am looking into breeding my mare very soon...
She is a Quarter horse x ( the person I bought her off didn't know what she was crossed with )
Anyway does it matter which breed of stallion I breed her with for best conformation with the foal?
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    03-23-2012, 03:44 AM
Green Broke
Before answering, I want to know why you want to breed her? Just curious..
    03-23-2012, 09:29 AM
Uh oh.....
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    03-23-2012, 09:43 AM
I would be interested to know why you want to breed her as well...
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    03-23-2012, 10:41 AM
Originally Posted by BitingTheBit    
I am looking into breeding my mare very soon...
She is a Quarter horse x ( the person I bought her off didn't know what she was crossed with )
Anyway does it matter which breed of stallion I breed her with for best conformation with the foal?
Short answer: yes, it matters very much. Not just the breed but also the conformation of the stallion.

But the conformation of your mare matters as well. What are your plans for the foal? It would be very difficult to sell an unregistered foal.

I want to breed my mare as well, but only because she has exceptional conformation and amazing bloodlines, and it won't be for a long time yet. If I didn't think she was broodmare worthy, I wouldn't breed her. I'm not going to breed her just because she is a mare and can. I'm also waiting to see how she performs. If she performs poorly, conformation and lines are not enough of a reason for me to breed her. I need all three, AND an exceptional stallion.

Why do you want to breed your mare, and what are the plans for the baby? What traits make you want to breed your mare? How is her conformation? Her lines? Are there studs you are looking at?

I'm also not a bloodline snob, but I'm only going to breed an animal with good bloodlines because if A) I can't keep the baby for unforeseen reasons, I want to be able to find the baby the best possible home and B) I want to give the baby the best chance of success I can, starting with proven lines that produce good babies.

ETA: You also need plans for the baby's future. Do you want a western horse? English horse? Trail horse? That all changes the kind of studs you want to look at, and your mare needs to have the corresponding traits and conformation to match the stallion. If your mare has a long back, you want a stallion with a shorter back. But the most amazing stud in the world will NOT fix your mares conformational flaws. You need to have an amazing mare and good reasons to justify breeding her.
    03-23-2012, 11:27 AM
Can you post some confirmation shots of your mare? What discipline will you want the foal to participate in? Breeding is chancey at best, I've seen horses with "exceptional confirmation" beget something short of a train wreck and less than good horses throw some great babies! Go figure. A good resource is a local trainer or riding instructor, they can steer you in the right direction and most are willing to help out a fellow horse person.
    03-23-2012, 11:29 AM
Although some of us members may cringe at these types of questions (simply because of fearing the results of breeding an unregistered mare and the question shows a potential for lack of horse knowledge), I am glad you asked it. We may prevent an undesireable breeding.

You will learn a lot from this post and asking that question.
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    03-23-2012, 12:08 PM
It sounds like she is grade why would you want to breed her. Makes her chances later in life not as good. Makes her hard to sell.
    03-23-2012, 05:19 PM
Originally Posted by BitingTheBit    
I am looking into breeding my mare very soon...
She is a Quarter horse x ( the person I bought her off didn't know what she was crossed with )
Anyway does it matter which breed of stallion I breed her with for best conformation with the foal?
I would suggest you read your signature carefully and consider that the "journey" in breeding is to produce a foal that you have a reasonably good expectation in advance of what it will be like and what its abilities will be.

You can select a stallion that appears to be complimentary to your mare, but if you don't know the parentage of your mare, you cannot have a reasonable expectation of what you will get. If you breed your mare it will be like throwing a hook into a lake with a worm on it - you have no idea if you will catch a bluegill, a bass, a catfish.....or a turtle...
    03-23-2012, 07:18 PM
Papers don't make a horse, there are many 1/2 what ever registries out there, if papers are important. More important is what do you want this foal to do, figure that out and then starting looking for a stud that's strong where your mare is weak in what it is your looking for. The stud fee is the easy part, ask your self if you have the means to care for the mare while she's carrying and foal after it's born, vets are expensive. As Faceman says which is true for all breeding's by the way, there is no guarantee you'll get what you ordered.

Bottom line is she's your mare and the decision is up to you to breed or not. I would go to local farms and talk to breeders have them show you their mares and foals from their studs if they have a mare like yours her foal is likely to be similar, from the same stallion. And I would have your mare tested for HYPP, Herda, Lethal White, and what ever else you can think of because you don't know her bloodlines, and make sure the stud you choose is also negative.

I may get roasted for this but there are very few actual purebred horses in the world, most have other breeds in the lines such as 1/4 horses and Paints have alot of TB in the lines.

Good luck to you on what ever you decide to do with your mare.

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