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    03-18-2011, 03:42 AM
Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
Im not from America so our economy is nowhere near yours horses are selling decently enough here and I am not looking at breeding for anohter season maybe 2 depending on stallion quality.
We have bred before I stated that so we have all the night cameras extra extra large breeding sheds and 24 hour vets on standby so not sure where you are getting your information from. Its HER first time breeding, I like a longer back in a maiden after dealing with short backed ponies and horse I find they carry easier when they are longer.
First, I'm not sure what a long back has to do with your mare's being a maiden... and secondly, I'm not sure I understand what you mean by 'carry easier' than a short backed horse. Do you mean that they are supposed to carry a foal better if they have a long back? Or carry their rider better?

To my understanding, it is fairly common knowledge that a shorter coupled horse with a shorter back has more strength and mobility throughout their back. They are better able to reach under themselves with their haunches and round out.

I don't feel that a long back can ever really be considered a bonus in a horse and I don't think it can be framed that way. None of this is meant personally of course. My warmblood mare has a long back and weedy haunches sort of like yours, so I deal with the same sorts of things... though she isn't the one that I would ever choose to breed if given the chance.
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    03-18-2011, 08:39 AM
When breeding a maiden we prefer longer backs as it is easier to reposition a foal. However her back is not overly long like is being said it is a touch longer then favourable
    03-18-2011, 10:33 AM
Green Broke
When I made my assessment that MOST horses foal normally it is from working for three seasons as a front line foaling person after 20 years calving dairy cows on a dairy farm. The number of dystocias per 100 head of dairy cows was greater (IME) than per 100 head of Thoroughbreds.

I have to say.. in a dystocia.. the length of the horse's back was far less important than the length and strength of the arm attached to the person repositioning the foal!

As I said originally this is not a mare I personaly would breed. That being said, this is YOUR horse, YOUR risk and YOUR decision. She is not so awfully bad.. have seen many much much worse not only bred, but retained as stallions!!

What country are you located in? Sounds like the UK??? Ireland?
    03-18-2011, 11:08 AM
Ireland ye.
I none of my comments were directed at you.
If I decide to breed her it will not be a headlong rush into it at least another year to get the perfect stallion and ensure everything is set up to give her the best chance
    03-18-2011, 02:05 PM
Green Broke
I have seen some very very nice Irish Thoroughbreds running flats over here. I have heard that the best 'chasers in the world come from Ireland (tho I am sure those from the UK would argue it).

Ireland is one of my someday travel destinations. And Scotland.... Highlands to see the sheep dogs work.

I do like your mare's front end.
    03-18-2011, 02:09 PM
I'd really like to go to Ireland someday too... as off topic as it is. ^_^ Honestly I'm a little afraid of the animosity that might be felt towards me as the "stupid American" though. I've heard that there's plenty of people who don't really like our type.

Anyhow, I'm glad that you're really thinking it through before breeding your mare MaggiStar... I'm sure everything will turn out for the best in the end. And I do love those big soft eyes she has.
    03-18-2011, 02:17 PM
You definitely can't beat Irish chasers they are amazing to watch!
Also actial conemmara bred Conemmaras are just so much better then when they are bred else where in the world.
Big loud brass Americans are not to liked however Ireland is very welcoming especially outside Dublin in Wicklow, Galway Cork Donegal etc they are much more welcoming to tourists
    03-18-2011, 02:26 PM
I don't fit into the loud/brass stereotype of Americans... more so the naive and very shy, at least when it comes to travelling abroad. I don't like to be disliked, so I usually do what I can to be polite and unobtrusive.
    03-18-2011, 02:37 PM
The you will get along just fine!
You definitely should go for a visit one day don't expect any sun and you should be fine!! If you come id reccomend the first Wednesday in JUne as that is when state exams start and you can guarantee nice weather when all exams begin
    03-18-2011, 02:57 PM
Just as a side note and not horse related whatsoever, but my best friend spent a semester in Ireland and loved it, and he got along with everyone. So I'm sure they're pretty welcoming of Americans. :) It's also on my to-visit list, with Scotland...I love me a Scottish accent!

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