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post #1 of 32 Old 01-30-2012, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question AQHA cutting mare, would you breed her based on confo and bloodlines?

Hi, this is my 17 yr. Old cutting mare, and I think she looks awesome, but wanted your opinions....her pedigree can be seen at allbreedpedigree.com/gamble+ona+fanny
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post #2 of 32 Old 01-30-2012, 10:32 PM
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Sorry didn't check her pedigree. I see an aged mare with calf knees, straight upright shoulder, tiny gaskins, common head but I can't see all of it, picture is cutoff, so could be better. She has a decent heart girth, back is not too long, dip after her withers, fairly clean throatlatch, muscled undersided of her neck, nothing on top. Her bone density looks ok to me. She looks in perfect weight. If she has lasted 17 years without lameness, this works for her.
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oh my well that's why I posted...i will say that she was retired from cutting at 14 to be a trail/lesson horse. She is not lame but was campaigned IMO WAY too early as a 2yo., and way too long till she was 10 when we bought her even then, with vet check he said she had bony changes to her knees and the beginnings of artheritisin her hocks, but she had more try than i've ever seen. Could her appearing calf kneed have something to do with her age and artheritis?
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I didn't check her pedigree either..I'm not sure if she's ever had a foal before, I'm assuming she hasn't by your post above..She is already 17 with arthritis problems and back hocks, I wouldn't even chance breeding her. If she would be a maiden mare absolutely not, that is too much stress and could cause major physical problems for both she and the foal..Not a good idea.
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not a maiden, she has a 6 yr. Old gelding by Hickory's Indian Pep, and he is the most catty, clever horse that I've met, and he is currently my neighbor's lease horse because she doesnt want to be responsible for ramdom huge vet bills........
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That's still a lot to ask of a 17 year old mare who already has problems...and just because her first foal is the most catty and clever horse doesn't guarantee her second with be. I still wouldn't do it, there are plenty of young prospects out there that need homes.

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That's still a lot to ask of a 17 year old mare who already has problems...and just because her first foal is the most catty and clever horse doesn't guarantee her second with be. I still wouldn't do it, there are plenty of young prospects out there that need homes.

Heres her pedigree Gamble Ona Fanny Quarter Horse=

Drumrunner I'm sure you'll know more about her lines than most!

And I agree with Drumrunner, if she's already having problems with her joints (knees hocks anything) breeding her can damage them more, the extra weight of the foal + her own, putting more weight on her joints probably isn't the best thing for her. IMO

With all the youngsters out there you can probably find one easily and get it for the same price of breeding (stud fees, mare fees, vet fees) and save your mares joints from more damage, again IMO :)

But in the end, its your horse and your choice.
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Thank you Evansk. Taking that as a compliment!

She's got good bloodlines that even go back to a really good foundation. She's definitely bred for cutting, no doubt about that...but according to her pedigree she's 18, not 17. So that gives it even more of a chance for something to go wrong..that's an old girl that should be left as a lesson horse and let her have an easy life...especially because she was started and shown hard when she was younger.
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if she's already having problems with her joints (knees hocks anything) breeding her can damage them more, the extra weight of the foal + her own, putting more weight on her joints probably isn't the best thing for her.
I am not saying breed or do not breed this particular mare. I am addressing the situation overall -


If the problems are not genetic - and a person elected to not breed a mare due to joint issues, there would be a LOT less good broodmares in the world.

A vet who is an EXPERT on breeding and neonatal care is the resource. If a mare is not physcially sound - again due to injury and not a conformation defect - the mare can be flushed and the embryo transplanted.
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I am not saying breed or do not breed this particular mare. I am addressing the situation overall -


If the problems are not genetic - and a person elected to not breed a mare due to joint issues, there would be a LOT less good broodmares in the world.

A vet who is an EXPERT on breeding and neonatal care is the resource. If a mare is not physcially sound - again due to injury and not a conformation defect - the mare can be flushed and the embryo transplanted.

Whoa I'm confused? I never said I was an expert or anything like that. It was just my opinion on it, if she wanted to breed her mare. <-- Just like Drumrunner's view. So I don't why your getting so defensive and if I said something to tick you off I'm sorry its just one persons opinion.

She has great bloodlines a lot like my yearling filly. I'd love to have her in my yard for riding!
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