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post #1 of 13 Old 05-01-2012, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Questions to ask breeder?

What questions should you ask a breeder if you want to buy one of their foals? I mean, you can't ask if they're broke... And what inquiring in-utero foals? What do you ask then? In asking about in-utero for my friend. Thanks!
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Oh - and I'm talking about Quarter horses if that changes anything
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For in utero I would ask if they gaurantee the foal to be alive and healthy when born and until weaned
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How many foals does the stud have every year?
What is the cheepest you have sold a foal for out of that mare/stallion?
Does the mare/stallions have any PE?
All these questions help figure out if there will be much resale value on the foal.
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What questions should you ask a breeder if you want to buy one of their foals? I mean, you can't ask if they're broke... And what inquiring in-utero foals? What do you ask then? In asking about in-utero for my friend. Thanks!
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I just bought a three in one package.

I mainly looked the the produce record of the dam.

How her foals did at major AQHA shows, yearling and on up.

In this case the stallion's is known to do well.

It was also important to get standard breeding contracts.
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Also....ask what futurities they will be eligible for.
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Thanks! That's a big help/step forward
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Asking about soundness histories of both the dam and sire is a good idea as well.

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I would ask to actually see the sire and dam in person. Take someone knowledgeable with you, to have a look at the conformation of the parents and test their temperament. Both are genetic. Are the sire and dam in good condition? Consider whether the breeder bred this foal because the sire was just 'handy', or did they really compliment each other. In a foal, see how much handling it has had.

Look at the property. Is it littered with junk, or clean and neat? If you are considering an in utero foal, then will that foal be safe in the area, until you can pick it up?

See what the parents have done, in the dicipline of your choice. What have older siblings done? If you know your bloodlines, ask to see a copy of the pedigree and also the registration papers of the sire and dam. People often say the foal can be/will be registered, when in fact sometimes, one or both of the parents' papers are not in order.

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