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    06-12-2013, 02:35 PM
Originally Posted by PrincessBarbie    
You taught me something new I didn't know that most mares squat when urinating.I thought the only time they squat is when the are in season.I am not going to let Sedrick the mule get with her because 1)She needs to gain more weight and make sure she is in healthy condition before having a foal,2) She has to be full grown.I have different plans for my horse.I am going to breed her to a high dollar Tennessee Walker one that is gentle and one that has championship bloodline later on.I will answer your questions when I get to a computer someone had stole my computer that I had.I am going to get me a brand new one.Thank you for the advice
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You're horse isn't even full grown yet...you don't need to be riding her or breeding her at all. She is underweight majorly and the way you've described the place she is at isn't a good one and you need to move her somewhere where she can get food and be safe. I'm glad you're learning but you shouldn't even be thinking about breeding her or riding her for a long while yet. Take her on walks and brush her, just spend quality time with her while she's still young. She has a long way to go yet.
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    06-12-2013, 05:35 PM
PrincessBarbie, put breeding completely (COMPLETELY) out of your head right now. I cannot stress this strongly enough. I think you have come to understand that while willing to learn, you are very much a novice, when it comes to horses in general. You need several more years in horses, before considering breeding your mare.

Many of THE most knowledgeable horse owners on this forum, have yet to breed. Some with vast knowledge under their belt, have bred and been disappointed with the outcome, even with a ton of homework. Others, know their horse have faults which they do not wish to pass on. Some, who waited, did their homework, chose exactly the right stud for their mare, had the correct facilities and enough money saved in case of a disaster, ended up with a dead foal. Some ended up with a dead mare and foal. Breeding is not for the faint of heart and every time we breed our mares, we know that the worst can and does, happen.

I can tell by all your posts, that this little mare is dear to your heart. You want to have her for many years into the future. I think many of us here, have also come to like your little girl very much and we want the best for her and save her and indeed you, from problems.

So lets do it this way. Plan only for the next year and starting now. Work on getting her into a favourable facility. Work on planning an absolutely solid feeding plan and stick to it. Start her ground work. You can do this yourself by obtaining CDs from (for example) Clinton Anderson's correct ways to start young horses. You really do not need a trainer for this. In your spare time, learn, learn and learn. Keep notes if you need to. If you are really dedicated and I believe you are, you will be surprised at how much more knowledge, you will have under your belt, a year from now. And I'll bet your filly will look tons better.

If someone tells you something you are not sure about, just ask here. You know already we will help you. Keep and take good profile shots of your filly, starting now. Take one per month and you will see the difference.

Certainly take riding lessons yourself. It will give you a great 'feeling' for horses in general. Whether learning English or Western, will be up to you.
Try both and see what appeals to you.

You may end up training your mare under saddle and never thinking of breeding. After a few years with a lot more knowledge, you may come to realise that your mare isn't even breeding quality. The majority of horse today are not, but still make wonderful riding companions.

Certainly, after a few years, evaluate your mare and ask others their opinions, as to her quality. Only then, and only if she is breeding quality, start looking for stud horse who compliments her. The stud will need to be correct where she is not, and vice versa. Even if you like certain stud horses now, if and when your mare might be ready to breed, those horses could be dead and others more suitable coming along. Things change constantly, when dealing with live animals.

You actually have some fun years ahead, even though at the moment, it might seem a bit daunting. I know I have been rambling a bit here, but just trying to give you an idea of how I'd love to see you proceed. I've shown dogs for 60 years and horses for a little less, but I'm still learning every day, even though my health now, doesn't allow me to do either. It really does become a life-long committment.

    06-12-2013, 11:41 PM
I am going to wait and breed her its out of my head for right now.I do need riding lessons this summer.I understand what you are saying Lizzie.Breeding a mare is a huge step it takes a lot of homework and money to breed a mare.I am currently helping her gain weight you can see her ribs a little bit on one side but the other side you cannot see them.I am a beginner and I have a lot to learn about horses yet.I am willing to learn I just have been mislead by the wrong person.
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    06-12-2013, 11:48 PM
Barbie-horses are typically symmetrical. THey do not have ribs showing on one side and not the other, except sometimes late in pregnancy they may look a bit "lopsided"...... I will guarantee she has not gained more weight on one side.
    06-13-2013, 01:10 AM
Originally Posted by PrincessBarbie    
My goodness do they listen to you.
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Yes, every word, grumble, whisper, cluck.
    06-13-2013, 05:44 PM
Originally Posted by morganarab94    
This is true as well. I'm from "the boonies" of VA..not nearly as bad as this town..but in my town everyone takes very good care of their horses and hay is really cheap here as well..
Yes, Please don't generalize Virginians because of this post. All the horse people I know take much better care of their animals than this person.
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    06-13-2013, 06:10 PM
Originally Posted by trailwalker    
Yes, Please don't generalize Virginians because of this post. All the horse people I know take much better care of their animals than this person.
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She IS one! Those of us who live in Va-myself included-are well aware that there are some very poor and rather "backward" areas. To not admit that is not being honest. Virginia is truly a state of contrasts-between the folks like the OP in these areas and the NOVA area where there is so much technology. It is not like we are saying things about a state we know nothing about.
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    06-13-2013, 06:26 PM
What frank said. I'm a Virginian as well.

There are some very poor, backward areas in Virginia, especially in the mountainous regions. Anyone who lives in the mountains knows how hardscrabble a life it is. Unless they commute somewhere else for work, there simply aren't enough jobs to go around.

I'm in the piedmont about 35 miles south of Lynchburg, and only about an hour away from the Blue Ridge. Places like Buena Vista and Glasgow are located in some of the most beautiful places in the state, but there are simply no jobs in those locations and the lifestyles reflect it. Mountain towns don't tend to be destinations for anyone, and although I love the absolutely gorgeous scenic drive to Lexington through them, I don't stop.
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    06-14-2013, 12:34 AM
I am a very smart and intelligent lady.I am a beginner in horses and I came on here because I was being mislead by the wrong person.I have loved horses about all of my life,I am a first time horse owner.I do live in the mountains and I really don't like it but I have no other choice.I will research and learn about horses and take it very seriously.I am listening to what the experts have to say.
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    06-14-2013, 01:18 AM
Good for you PrincessBarbie! I am so glad to hear this!

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