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    01-21-2012, 04:23 AM
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I think she's a very pretty girl, & it's easy to see she is very loved. Breeding is a BIG decision, quite costly, & carries risks, so do a lot of thinking on it, please.
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    01-21-2012, 06:27 AM
I know it is a big responsibility, and very costly. I remember having bella as a baby.. she was very expensive. But my family and I love bella more than anything. We have not been in the united states for 4 years.. but we have STILL managed to take great care of her. We just paid 800 to ship her from maine to tennessee- because board was cheaper.. we were paying 260 a month for her for the first 3 years of being in germany. Now we pay 125 a month and we are also paying 1200 to have a girl I have never met, so she'll ride my horse. I got sick of people telling me that my horse is "crazy".. you can't "get near her".. etc.. she was the only one willing to open her heart to my girl, so we paid this girl to ride her for 6 months until I am back in the states. I am just telling you this as basically me letting you know, I always think of the best interest of my horse. I have 2 kids. If we didnt think we could afford it, we wouldnt spend so much on her. But bella is a huge part of all of our lives. And when she dies, it is going to crush all 4 of us. We figured breeding her, and keeping the baby.. may make the paid hurt less when the time comes. I would not even think of breeding her until she was around 16. Give or take a year or 2. I appreciate your response and I am very thankful you took the time to be concerned :)
    01-21-2012, 10:11 PM
It has been a long time since I have seen my horse.. but she looks like she has grown since I have seen her last. Could anyone estimate the height of her for me? I know it wont be 100% accurate.. but anything is better than nothing. The girl riding her is 5'6". Last I knew, bella was right around 14'2hh. I am assuming she has grown because she looks taller? But not as tall as 16hh, as the girl's personal horse is 16hh and looks a bit taller then bell. TIA
    01-21-2012, 10:22 PM
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Personally breeding "just to have a piece of her" is never a good idea for many reasons. Just because she is great doesn't mean her baby will have the same tempermant or be anything like her. She is very cute but no I would not breed her
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    01-21-2012, 10:35 PM
I appreciate your comment.. but if I can afford to take care of a foal, which I have already done with bella.. I have raised her since she was 3 months old. Why not take the chance with a baby? I have had bella for 8 years.. and I never plan on selling her. I would not be breeding for money or to sell the foal. If I bred her, it would be a one time and one time only thing, and it would remain with the family the remainder of its life. Whether it has bad conformation or not.. I am not a competitor. I do not need a horse that HAS to be ridden. If the foal was born with a deformity, so what.. it doesn't deserve love? It would still be my horse's baby. And it would live out it's life with love and care. Some people only get horses for a specific job. My horse is apart of the family. She is not just a pet. Id love to have gradbabies from my daughter's at one point in their lives. So why wouldnt I want to have a baby from the one thing that saved me during the worst part of my life.. just because she doesnt have perfect conformation?.. we all have different opinions and views. And I respect everyone's as I hope they respect mine. I know there are many horses that need rescuing, and that I should not add to the unwanted horse population. But the thing about that is.. this would be a WANTED horse.. and a well thought out and planned for horse. I would never breed irresponsibly. My husband is in the military.. we make quite decent money with his income along with mine. Enough money that I have kept my horse all these years- always made sure she had a good life. Was current on all vaccines.. farrier and dental.. and she will stay until her dying days. Whether she goes lame or not at some point in her life. As would her foal. I love her dearly.. and id love her foal the same. Perfect or not. She changed my life and I don't want to lose her when she goes. I may not have HER, but atleast I would have a constant reminder or her everytime I look out my window. Sorry for the long response. I understand if no one reads it. But if you do, thank you for taking the time.
    01-21-2012, 11:49 PM
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I understand what you are saying however so many things could go wrong and in breeding her you could lose her or the baby or both if anything happened during the pregnancy. That is a risk in itself however I'm not telling you not to just my opinion. She is quite cute and I give you major props for keeping her throughout everything.
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    01-22-2012, 12:08 AM
Thank you. I think she is gorgeous. But I do believe everyone thinks their own horse is gorgeous. All in all, it goes back down to the way you feel about your own horse- being the only thing that matters. :) I appreciate what you said about the chances of losing her.. and you are right.. I do not think I could bare to lose her. That horse saved me. I was in a really bad spot when I got her. Some say I was stupid for getting a baby horse as my first horse, especially during my "crazy" days... but she helped me out of those days. I spent every waking minute with her that I could. And instead of focusing on myself and my problems, I focused on her. I taught her, as she taught me. We both learned and I think that is how we have such a strong bond. She got me over the toughest point in my life- as I helped her develop into a confident young mare. Some say horses can't love their owner.. and that they will go to whoever has the grain. I have been in germany for several years due to relocation [dang the army].. but I went home on vacation in may 2 years ago. I hadnt seen my horse for 2 years before that. I walked to her pasture, and the second I called her name.. she came whinnying and galloping as fast as she could to the gate at the top of her pasture where I was standing. The stable owner told me that bella had not shown that sort of excitement since I had left her. It shocked her, and myself.. as I thought bella wouldnt remember me.. I was very very wrong. As I stood there, rubbing her chest- she wrapped her head around my shoulder and tugged me toward her. And let out a few more small whinnies. She is just so amazing. It has been very hard to be so far away from her.. people think I am selfish because I have kept her for so long.. as a pasture ornament.. but I could never sell that horse.. even if I tried.. it isnt possible. I don't think I could physically do it. We would have to be on the brink of being homeless for me to rehome that horse. And the thought of ever losing her, kills me inside. That is why I want to breed her. There is a chance she could die during birth, but there is also a chance that it could be successful. And when she dies, a piece of me will die with her. So if there is a chance, even a small one, that I could get a baby from her, I think I should take it. I get very emotional talking about bella. Don't mind me. A lot of people think I am a "stupid" horse owner, because I view bella as family and not just a horse.. but we have a connection unlike many people I have seen, so it is okay. They can call me stupid... it doesnt hurt me. I would never breed her without fully vetting her, making sure she was 100% healthy and capable of birth.. and I would look very carefully for the perfect stallion for her. And this would not be in the works for several years from now, as I return to the states in may this year!! And my main priority will be reestablishing a relationship with my girl. Afterall, she is only 8. So I have years before I should have to consider this.. :)
    01-22-2012, 01:59 AM
I think you should breed her. I agree with you %100.
    01-22-2012, 02:13 AM
She's a cute mare but, IMHO, definitely not breeding worthy. Her conformation isn't bad, but its not great either.

The thing that would concern me the most is her temperament. You already said that she was temperamental and very high strung. Even on a prime breeding prospect in every other way, those would be deal breakers for me. I've dealt with enough young horses from "temperamental, high strung" lines and let me tell you, they are a bitch to get them broke enough for anyone less than an expert to safely ride and they are a bitch to keep them sane and calm.

Some light reading that would likely benefit you.
Things to think about before you consider breeding.
    01-25-2012, 10:25 PM
Bella is pretty little thing. Listen if you aren't breeding her to produce a show horse then it doesn't matter what her conformation is to others. The foal would be for your enjoyment. I have th same issue with one of my horses I think she is just amazing but I'm sure she's not perfect in conformation. If your not looking to sell then don't worry about it. Bell might not be perfect but she is perfect enough :) Look for a great stallion if it makes you feel better.

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