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post #11 of 18 Old 05-13-2013, 05:18 PM
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Okay, I really am a dim bulb when it comes to this kind of thing. The mares are bred just to produce a foal so she will have milk to feed another foal? Like dairy production?
Is planning and breeding considered for these now orphaned foals or will any product do?
Evidently I have lived a very sheltered life for lo these many years.

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Okay, I really am a dim bulb when it comes to this kind of thing. The mares are bred just to produce a foal so she will have milk to feed another foal? Like dairy production?
Is planning and breeding considered for these now orphaned foals or will any product do?
Evidently I have lived a very sheltered life for lo these many years.
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post #13 of 18 Old 05-13-2013, 07:30 PM
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That's disgusting.

And I thought many so called backyard breeders were irresponsible.

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So...where are the moms that gave birth to the "expensive" foals...

I would take those first two in a HEART beat!
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post #15 of 18 Old 05-14-2013, 11:23 AM
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My guess would be the "valuable moms" are back on the racetrack or in the show ring.

After all, it's a business...don't believe I care for this aspect of it.

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A rule of thumb with babies.. "Tops may come, but bottoms NEVER." This means the body may change a LOT.. neck.. but the legs are what they are. If the size of the joints are small and round on a foal.. they will be on the horse. If the hocks are way higher than the knees they will be later.

The most common neglect I see in foals are the feet. Need to keep them trimmed and level to help that baby grow straight.

I won't judge foals.. except by their parents (want to see both if I can) and their siblings if I can lay eyes on them too. Prepotency is a wonderful thing sometimes. Other times? Not so much!!

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Nurse mares IS a business. The mare who gave birth is typically compromised.. maybe dead or did not produce milk or had some other issue. The nurse mares will accept another mare's foal and it is ticklish business.

The mare who gave birth (on every farm I was ever on) was the desired mother to raise the foal. However, birthing is a dangerous business.. and mares can die or founder or colic or something.. and then the foal is better off raised by another mare.. if a nurse mare can be found.

The nurse mare is typically returned to the nurse mare owner (the mares are "rented" IME) pregnant. Some of the nurse mares are quite good.. and some of the stallions they are bred to are more than the teaser stud.

If you spent $500,000 for a breeding (Storm Cat stood for that) and the resulting foal was left with out a Mother due to complications of birthing or other accident, you would pay a lot to get a nurse mare in.

BTW the nurse mare owners I knew NEVER killed the foals. Often they had a another nurse mare that was not rented out and because these mares accepted foals from other mares, they would "double" up the foals on one mare. Supplemental feed (milk replacer) was given if need be.

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I like the 2nd one the most
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