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post #11 of 16 Old 04-17-2013, 01:19 PM
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I applaud your mature reply to all of our critique, Laurenlewis. Just because your mare is not breeding quality does not mean she is not a great horse. She has a very kind looking face.

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post #12 of 16 Old 04-17-2013, 01:47 PM
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I'm not even going to go into conformation reasons because everyone else has covered those so just going to say NO NO NO
I don't want to offend you because I'm sure you love her to bits but that isn't enough justification in a day when really nice trail horses are selling for 'two a penny' (not sure how that translates to US money) but honestly you wont even cover your costs and if you were breeding to keep the offspring because you want a youngster then it would be cheaper to go out and buy a nice foal
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post #13 of 16 Old 04-17-2013, 02:05 PM
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I think your mare is just beautiful, lovely color, clearly a perfect personality. She probably would make a good mom. But to be honest the cost and potential danger of breeding your beloved mare really shouldn't be worth the potential of a foal that wouldn't be exceptional in any way.
I run a very small local rescue (17 horses now) and two of those horses are under 3 years old. There are several hundred foals and yearlings and young horses in dire need of homes and being raised right. Please look into helping one of them. If you want go check out the Dumbest Horse Forsale ads - you'll see several yearlings and foals for sale that really need a home like yours where they'll be loved and raised right. Most are free or seriously cheap. Also, adopting/rescuing a young horse gives you much less of a wait - you can skip ahead to all the fun stuff :)

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I would not breed just based on her breed. 60% of horses sent to slaughter are western pleasure type horses like QH's. TB's only made up 11%.
I wanted to add about that quote ^
That's absolutely true, but people need to realize that isn't based completely on population of each breed. It's not to say there's that many more unwanted quarter horses than TBs - cause honestly it's easier to place a good old QH than most OTTBs. But the truth is most TB's are unfit for slaughter for human consumption based on the amount of medicine and other chemical treatments - as well as just being tougher keepers than a QH, they aren't ideal candidates for a feed lot. And for human consumption, humans don't really want well muscled, lean meat like a TB - they prefer more marbled meat. That's terrible to think about - but TBs just aren't the ideal horse for meat - but that doesn't save them from pet food slaughter houses.
Sorry to go into that, I just didn't want people to read that quote and think "wow there are so many more unwanted QHs than TBs!" Truth is, even meat buyers are picky about which horses they purchase - it won't be often a that they'll take a grey (with melanomas) or ponies (who don't have an average size steak) or sick or under weight horses - horses like that typically go to pet food, but all the research people discuss are really based on human consumption slaughter plants.
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Originally Posted by CowboyBob View Post
Just thinking, Why do you want to get into breeding? Everyone has told you how they feel about your horse. I think if she is a good riding horse and you like her and you get along with her, great she will have a good life with you. But, why breeding? Its a lot of work, you will have almost 3 years before you have a horse that you MIGHT be able to start riding and more likely 4-5 depinding on your riding ability. As someone said "there are A LOT of horse that need a good home. I think too many people get into breeding I would discorage almost all of them out of the busyness. Yes you get a "free" horse...I have never got into breeding and it is just a guess but I would say that if you are to to it right you would be money ahead going out and buying a trained horse and skip the breeding.
So thats my thinking ask your self why do you want to breed any horse not just this one?

I said it was just a thought. Not too serious.
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Very common looking mare. Please don't breed her. There are too many good horses who will be starving bc there aren't enough homes for them.
HERE is what a well bred QH (stallion) should look like:
A well bred mare should have almost the same conformation, but can be a bit wasp waisted.

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post #16 of 16 Old 04-23-2013, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by laurenlewis24 View Post
I said it was just a thought. Not too serious.
Yeah I got that from your OP. I was just wanting to understand your reasoning for thinking about getting into breeding. I hope I was not offensive I was only wanting to understand you, everyone had told you about your horse I asking about you and what you thought about breeding. Sorry I did not communicate that well.
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